Wall Mart | Pradeep Hirani

Wall Mart | Pradeep Hirani

When did you buy this sculpture?

I bought it 11 years ago in Spain, at one of the art galleries in Ibiza. It is called Trust and was made by sculptor Lorenzo Quinn, who is the son of the famous actor Anthony Quinn. I am told, each of Quinn’s sculptures is born in writing first; hence he always displays his ‘poems’ alongside each sculpture. This sculpture is made of bronze and the craftsmanship is immaculate.

What about this sculpture appealed to you?

The piece signifies the wonderful feeling and greatest responsibility of knowing that someone has complete trust in you, a feeling of total unabated abandonment in your hands. After a hard day of work, it is humbling to be reminded of this. It has always given me a sense of tranquillity.

Where do you exhibit it and why?

It is in my office, on my desk. It reminds me that amid all the work, I know that there is security and peace out there, and someone watching out for me.

Would you ever sell it?

Yes, I would. But, only after I have enjoyed it for a while. I sell a piece of art when I feel the need for change.

What do you keep in mind while buying art?

I look at its aesthetic value, and what it signifies to me. Of course, art is an investment, but I never look at it purely on those terms.

Do you buy sculptures as an investment?

I enjoy beautiful things. That’s why I am in the fashion business. I buy art because I take pleasure in beauty.

How long does it take you to decide which work of art to purchase?

It depends on the piece, and the background of the gallery and the artist, but I always buy from reliable sources.

Do you prefer sculptures over painting? If so, why?

I don’t prefer one over the other—it depends purely on the piece.

Do you like any other sculptors’ works?

I have always admired the work of Auguste Rodin, especially The Kiss and The Thinker statues. Then, there is Michelangelo—the greatest of them all. In India, I like Arzan Khambatta’s works.

How often do you attend art and sculpture shows?

Between my hectic travel and work schedules, I rarely attend these events.

Abstract or figurative art—which one would you prefer?

Both are interesting. It truly depends on the piece.

Lorenzo Quinn’s works are available at www.chelmerfineart. com at prices ranging from £455-£995, VAT inclusive.

Seema Chowdhry Sharma