Divine and other-worldly though it may be, art is through and through a human reality. It is the sights of the human spirit which echoes in art – be it music, dance, sculpture or painting. It will have the odour of the soil in which it is rooted.
To step out of one’s forte and traverse through new realms is no mean a task. It takes great passion and grit to chart a new course thus. V Balan, the legendary Indian artist, was one such enthusiast. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Van Gogh, Michelangelo and others, Balan laid the foundation of a unique Indo-Italian mural art form in India. His were the hands that famously adorned more than 1000 churches across India and even Sri Lanka. Vibrant hues and deep set lines are signature features of this phenomenal artist. Precise and spiritual in nature, Balan’s artistic expressions were always perfect owing to the in depth research he did prior to each assignment.