Karan Bajwa, a young painter who follows the art form called PortIllustraitism, is set to exhibit his collection of 50 paintings at Punjab Kala Bhawan on January 15-16. The exhibition titled “Black Vibgyor” is the first public exhibition of his art.
Son of Kargil martyr Major BS Bajwa, Karan says he was first inspired to pick up the brush when he cast a critical eye over his father’s portrait and he didn’t really liked.
“I didn’t feel like the painter did my dad justice, so I painted one myself,” Karan said.
His paintings, he says, speak to the deepest human emotions. “It’s usually difficult at first. The first line you draw is the hardest, but it gets easier the more I draw. Things keep coming to mind,” he said.
Her mother Rajwinder Bajwa, deputy state tax commissioner, said it was a proud moment for her. “I knew my boy did justice to his father’s portrait after doing it despite his young age.”
She added: “I believe in letting your kids do whatever they want because it makes them happy and brings out the best in them.”
Karan Bajwa has traveled to around 19 countries and most of Europe to learn art skills.
Colonel PS Bajwa, Karan’s uncle, said he was always a brilliant student. “He came to see me after graduating as an architect and told me he wanted a year to follow his passion. He did not disappoint us.
On the track “Black Vibgyor”, Karan said he sees it as a mother-child relationship. “I painted the mother in black and the child in the colors of the rainbow. The color black makes all other colors stand out, just like a mother,” he said.
Karan said he did not title any of his paintings and left it to the imagination of the viewers. “Titles are very subjective in nature and I would like the person standing in front of them to name them,” Karan said.
Addressing Indian artists’ funding issues, Karan said he would finance his paintings with his own money. “I will use the money I earn from architecture to fund my paintings,” he said.
His paintings cost between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 300,000.