Together with functional ceramics, my forte is architectural installations and ceramic murals.
Supported by my background as an architect and my connections in the architectural field, I am constantly commissioned to make challenging public and private projects for corporate and private clients.
Most of my murals and installations are made with high temperature ceramics (called "stoneware").
In my "Crusade Series" I combine stoneware with sand/clay textured paintings on canvas. The crusade being the effort to bring awareness in the discerning, that there should not really be a divide between what may be called art and something else, craft!
People in India are appreciating the handmade ceramic with the signature look. My best customers become friends, these who give me their requirements and let me do my “stuff”!
Assembled with made and readymade terracotta elements, this wall mural was jointly conceived with Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte and myself. A part of this mural is made up of left-over tiles and jalis from the rest of the project, which we smoke-fired to get variations in tones, the rest of the mural was made at Mandala and installed on site. There is a secret matrix of niches in the visuals that only comes alive when one lights oil-diyas as the sun goes down. Magical!
A wall mural 11’ high, as an invitation to a terrace party zone! Lots to discover in the collage here; it’s a rich tapestry akin to a wall-hanging Persian carpet, with colours, textures and hues one can only get with wood, soda &/or gas firings! The birds are very obvious, but do look around for the magic mushrooms and purple monsteras…. you may even spot Alice?!!!
Treasure Island Mural
Conceived in consultation with Bangalore-based designer, Shernavaz Bharucha, this is a large expanse of wall in a covered courtyard of a private residence. The wall is encrusted with fragmented ceramic objects coming together to make one whole, triggering childhood memories of treasure hunts of yore!
Designed for a focal wall at a sprawling private residence designed by Bombay-based architects M/s Talati & Panthaky (where I was an associate during my architecture days!) Designed in collaboration with designer Kamal Langrana, the most important request was that the Ganesha was not to be too factual. So, we happily abstracted him. The main body of the Ganesha is made with stamped, embossed and stretched clay which has imprints of Sanskrit shlokas of a fabric-printing block. We also pixelated the ledge with ceramic cubeforms. An expanse of the wall is a collage of canvases painted with unfired clay, acrylic paint and washed sand. The mural is 15 feet across.
A very modular, exciting format to cover walls! Every square is a one-off, every installation made with these by designers has been different from the other. Architects like to use these as accents to insert into narrow niches to make these a part of their architecture instead of something hanging on the wall. We mount them on brushed stainless steel or wooden backings, or directly on the wall hanging off a single screw. Or a customized wooden backing with stainless steel accents.
The Logoon, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte wanted this wall that was facing a green-water lagoon at Anantara to reflect an abstraction of the water body. The mural that resulted is like a pixelated version of the view outside the restaurant, with inserts of thick glass shelves as accents.