Artist Komal completed her Art & Design Foundation Course at Central Saint Martins before moving to Reading University to study Fine Art and English Literature. She then returned to London to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art.
She spent two years teaching art before setting off to travel South East Asia where she spent some time in Cambodia painting. Komal now lives and works in West London as a full time artist. Her striking work is attracting high- end markets and was first published in Vogue, followed by House & Garden and The World of Interiors. We caught up with Komal to discuss her style and inspiration.
I gather inspiration from my experiences, surroundings and dreams. I try to evoke emotions through my work. I work with different themes and even styles as I’m in constant search for something new. Mother Nature is my latest collection of works. There are so many wonderful colours, patterns in Nature and I always find myself in awe of the secret worlds of the Sea, Space and everything in-between. My Indian background also influences my creations, particularly through my Film work. I like to investigate the possibilities of different media; it’s very exciting for me to discover new ways to work.
I feel like each work is very different. My work is often abstract in style, energetic, vibrant, and bold. There is much variety in my work, I also feel like I don’t need to stick to one style because that wouldn’t reflect me as a person.
That’s a hard question as I’m always trying to create something better. But if I had to choose, I would probably pick four and they are Holi (The Garden of Pleasure), La Petite Mort (The Little Death), Reflecting after the Storm and To the Point of Blue.
Holi (The Garden of Pleasure) represents the first time I felt liberated with my work. It also brings me, and many others a lot of joy through the vibrant celebration of colours. La Petite Mort (The Little Death) is a painting I love looking at. It evokes a lot of emotions in me – partly because of the time and challenge it took to create it. Reflecting after the Storm marks a difficult time in my life and the transition I’ve made since. It’s also a painting I feel a lot of people can relate to. Lastly my latest painting To the Point of Blue is my latest joy and is receiving lots of wonderful attention.
Well apart from doing what I love, it brings me a lot of happiness to see my work in people’s homes and to receive wonderful comments from my customers. I also love exhibiting my artwork in galleries and art fairs because it’s a great way to meet new people and talk about my work.
I’ve got new paintings and projects in the pipeline, but I don’t want to give away too much. I also have more magazine features coming up and not to forget, I will be exhibiting at the New Artist Fair at the Candid Art Gallery, Islington, London 27-29 March 2015. Limited edition prints and original paintings will be available to buy. I’m really excited and can’t wait! It’s a free event and not to be missed.
For more information visit www.komalmadar.com