Home >mint-lounge >features >Wonder wall

Krsna Mehta’s India Circus is an online store for everything from cushion covers to key chains, and most recently, a collection of wall art inspired by the most playful god in the Hindu pantheon, Krishna. The Rasa Leela prints are the first time Mehta has worked with Hindu mythology and lore, after a long preoccupation with Mughal themes and Islamic art.

While it’s not the pop art he became synonymous with, the designer brings the trademark sense of modernity and irreverence that informed his work for lifestyle brands like The Bombay Store and The Elephant Company. “It’s pretty and modern. While it’s not the kind of thing you’d have seen growing up, there’s nothing subversive about it," says Mehta of the collection. His Krishna cavorts with gopikas in a magical, kaleidoscopic Vrindavan, with dancing palms, giant lotuses and peacocks a recurring theme. The Rasa Leela collection will be one of the many that aim to contemporize mythological depictions, he adds.

“When I first started, people would look at my cushion covers and say they wish it could be up on their wall, and now it’s the other way around," he says.

Mehta, who has worked on custom wall-art solutions for corporate projects such as the Swissôtel Kolkata and Swissôtel Goa hotels and resorts, also offers personalized wall art for the home. To create the modern-day, often-embroidered, heirloom, he melds family photos, stories from people’s lives and meaningful experiences in the city they live in to create one-of-a-kind graphic portraits (prices start at 20,000).

View Full Image
LetterNote is best known for its collection of notebooks and planners

The collection also features a few India-inspired prints that can be found on their notebooks too. There’s the silhouette of a bejewelled woman, the profile of an embellished truck, and their take on Delhi icons like the Qutab Minar, India Gate, Delhi Metro, etc. Anisha says they will soon introduce a range of wall art in canvas too.

Prices for framed wall art start from 3,999 at India Circus and from 1,350 at LetterNote.

More for your walls:

The Narrators: The Narrators bring you wall art you can read. Their posters are typographic impressions of novels, where the entire text of the book flows around the design. There is a wide range of titles to choose from, including J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Prices start at 12,500 for unframed prints

Play Clan: The design collective from Delhi has created a series of mounted wall art that is a typographical tribute to the vehicles on India’s roads: Aye Auto; Aye Ambassador; and Aye Bullet ( 1,650 each; 16x18 inches.

Chumbak: The kitschy Bangalore brand Chumbak decided to make a fun illustrated collage of “Things Indians Say", with a little help from Samosapedia. They’ve also got one with inspirational quotes by Mahatma Gandhi ( 125 each; 20x30 inches.

Crude Area: An online store that is a virtual graphic art marketplace, Crude Area houses work from both Indian and international artists. Prints are available framed and unframed; with a range in paper and canvas. Prices start at 1,750.

Imposters: Imposters was started by a group of designers in Goa who decided to make their own posters. The selection is limited, but classy. Check out their Noma Bar-esque minimalist graphic art portraits of icons from Indian folk-rock singer-songwriter Raghu Dixit to actor Marilyn Monroe. Prices start at 399.

Tara Books: The Chennai-based publishers specializing in keepsake hand-printed books have a range of screen-printed, animal-themed wall art by the women of the Meena tribe in Rajasthan. Their tradition of Mandana art, which can be seen in Tara Books’ title Nurturing Walls, is rarely seen outside the Meena villages. Prices start at 300.

Subscribe to newsletters
* Enter a valid email
* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

Click here to read the Mint ePaperLivemint.com is now on Telegram. Join Livemint channel in your Telegram and stay updated

My Reads Logout