Earlier this year I was honoured to be chosen as one of the artists at Sikka Art Fair. Had an absolute fun experience working for over 3 nights finishing a 4 meter mural that was themed around “Tolerance”. The festival itself is a one of a kind experience, as you get to see art spread around narrow historical lanes and tiny rooms that open up only for the festival, along with some impeccable live performances by the local artists. All of this put together by a talented bunch of individuals. Thank you all the friends who where there to show their support and special thanks to Dubai Culture for supporting the local artists and providing us with such an amazing platform.
Had one of the most rewarding experience at Dubai design district, hosting the art workshop for a bunch of extremely talented individuals from all over UAE. The workshop was mainly focussed around how to look at things around you differently.
We all tend to ignore or overlook ideas that are around us, this workshop was mainly designed to trigger this thinking process.
The workshop involved 5 stages of art related activities that highlighted various aspects of the art of looking leading up to the the final stage which was about customising and designing your own product. Overall it was a very satisfying and a humbling experience, and at the end of it i felt i got to learn more than what i could teach from each participant.
Had a great privilege of working on the campaign for the regions first Portfolio Nights held in Dubai, organised by BW report in association with The Oneshow Awards.
Portfolio Night Is the world’s largest advertising portfolio review and the biggest and most prestigious in the MENA region. A phenomenal event for young advertising creatives to meet renowned agencies senior creative leaders and get the advice they need to become better creatives.
Felt extremely honoured to create these unique series of illustrations mixed with and brush typography.
Stripping the world of colours is not an idea generally espoused by artists. And yet, this is exactly what Kapil Bhimekar does. The 35-year-old Dubai-based illustrator has been carving a niche for himself with his quirky illustrations and wall art. The most intriguing aspect of his work? Not only is it black and white with a dash of colour thrown in once in a while, Kapil uses elements from his surroundings to establish an instant connect between his work and the environment it's part of. Sounds avant garde? It isn't.
Sample this: for the bibliophiles, cinephiles and art-loving folk in Dubai, A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue makes for a superb retreat from the hustle bustle of the city. Until recently, its interiors had a black exhaust pipe - running all the way from the ceiling to the middle of the walls - that was doing absolutely no favours to its otherwise quirky décor. That's when the owners decided to let Kapil add his touch to the walls. "Initially, I tried to convince them to paint it white so that I could create something without any intervention, but the management did not agree," he recalls. Taking matters into his own hand, Kapil decided to use the black pipe as a bark of a tree and drew branches around it. From each branch hung a different offering from A4 - like a library, a café and a movie screening.
A clever PR exercise that also made for great art. The twain do not always meet, but, in this case, Kapil's background in advertising came in handy. Juggling between a day job (he is associate creative director at Young & Rubicam, Dubai) and his passion for larger-than-life illustrations is no cakewalk. What helps, explains Kapil, is that both are creative pursuits. "In advertising, you are given a brief. In other words, you are given a problem that you are supposed to solve with your work. The real-life objects that become part of my illustrations, I see them as real world briefs that need to be responded to with my drawings."
Drawing inspiration from external elements - such as the pipe mentioned above or a hook - means that there are times when he keeps looking at an object, as random as they may seem to a non-artistic eye, long enough to imagine a story around them. But his process, insists Kapil, is more fluid. "Sometimes I keep looking at an object and see different things around it and then draw. And then there are times when I draw first and then look for a suitable element to complete the illustration. There is no real formula or written rule. It's all imagination."
Looking at his works, their subtle messages and the form, there is a temptation to label Kapil's illustrations as being interventionist art. And why not? Take, for example, one of his recent illustrations where he draws fish inside a water dispenser with a man dispensing water from it. In this 'regular', 'quirky' illustration, Kapil makes a larger point about water conservation and how we have terrifyingly little time to address the issue and actually make a difference.
The artist, however, is wary of such nomenclatures being assigned to his work. "I don't try to create art. I see art in things around me. I feel anything you create should be effortless. If art tries too hard to create an impression, it loses impact. I keep my work honest, simple and minimal. I am not trying to change the world; I am merely co-existing," says the alumnus of Mumbai's prestigious J.J. School of Art.
Much of the appeal of the drawings also emerge from the lack of too many colours. It's as much a challenge to draw in black and white as it is a pleasure because "black and white is a very strong palette". "It's graphic and I love the minimalism it has. In my works, I am trying to convey a story using minimum lines and forms. I also feel it's a great challenge as an artist to create maximum impact using minimum colours," he adds.
If the artist comes across as modest, the man underneath is also unassuming. Given the adulation his works have received, one is tempted to ask that very obvious, very run-of-the-mill question - 'what next?' "I want to continue doing what I am doing. I have never been a great planner, as my wife would testify," jokes Kapil, while adding that a couple of projects on environmental design are underway as are some installations. Clearly, the world is a canvas to his imagination.
The wall art created for a theatre space The Junction in Al Quoz, Dubai. The theme was to show all behind the stage 'drama'.
olioli is a newly opened kids museum in Dubai, it offers kids with best science themed play areas, that combines education and fun.
The space had a huge window in the cafe that was offered to me as a canvas to create something and i accepted it with pleasure, after working with the team at olioli i decided create this wall art for the space. Every time i visit the cafe is brings a big smile on my face, i hope the kids love it too.
The A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue makes for a superb retreat from the hustle bustle of the city. Until recently, its interiors had a black exhaust pipe - running all the way from the ceiling to the middle of the walls - that was doing absolutely no favours to its otherwise quirky décor. That's when i was contacted to create something for the wall, that shows the offerings of the space in an interesting manner. Initially, I tried to convince them to paint it white so that I could create something without any intervention, but that was not the solution. After giving it some thought, I decided to use the black pipe as a part of my illustration rather than seeing it as an obstruction.
It was a great experience to be able to express my self as an artist, i was invited to create an art for public space in Alserkal Avenue.