3D Street Art Makes a Heartfelt Mark on India
Incredible! Truly the perfect adjective that springs to mind when summing up the latest art adventure I’ve recently had the good fortune to experience. From across oceans, deserts and mountains, and into the kaleidoscopic sanctum of my mind / heart – India and its people do not disappoint.
Invited back by the US Consulate of India to appear on a second edition of my 2009 3D Street Painting Tour, I was honored to conduct workshops and create exhibition pieces at amazing venues around the country: the renowned Jaipur Literary Festival (where I missed Oprah by days!); the renowned Kolkata Book Fair & Nandan Arts Center, Kolkata; Vellore Institute of Technology’s Riviera Festival, Vellore; Bakul Foundation, Bhubaneswar; Puri Beach ‘Jugalbandi’ (or duet) with world renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, Puri; and the wonderful Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai.
I met the most amazing people at each stop – from the gifted and talented artists who worked with me on the paintings, to the incredible teams at each US Consulate – New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai; additionally from the incredibly gracious co-sponsors and support teams at each venue to the thousands of fans who showed up to observe, participate and enjoy the works. The heart-warming welcomes I received were overwhelming and certainly brought India much nearer and dearer to my heart. Certainly my gratitude cannot be adequately expressed.
Most paintings were completed in under 2 days, with workshops lasting several hours per session. It was a grueling pace but with so much ground to cover, who had time to stop?! Everyone who came out to participate showed keen interest and enthusiasm – 3d is growing in India and local artists are putting their hands to this unique art form. I’m excited to see the amazing creations that are sure to come from many of India’s tremendously talented individuals.
Nandan Arts Center, Kolkata – Tracy Lee Stum, with thanks to Sayak Mitra for enthusiastic and outstanding assistance. We kicked this image out in about 7 hours! Big thanks to Sohini Das, Jeffrey Reneau and the entire team at the American Center Kolkata for their tremendous support & an outstanding program. Special thanks to Zuleikha for the amazing dancing and to the participating pata chitra artists for their wonderful songs and painting!
Puri Beach ‘Jugalbandi’ with Sudarsan Pattnaik, Puri – Tracy Lee Stum, with many thanks to Sudarsan Pattnaik, Chandra, Sonali and all the local Puri artist who jumped in to help. Completed in 1.5 days, sized 25′ x 25′. Thanks to Salil Kader, LIz Jones, Carla Benini, Phalguna Hari Jandhyala, Senthil Tirupathi and the entire team at the US Consulate Hyderabad. Special thanks go to Barefoot Tourism Organization – Bubu, Tutu, Nata & team – for going above and beyond in making my welcome and stay so memorable!
Bakul Foundation workshop, Bhubaneswar – Tracy Lee Stum, with thanks to Nikki Gargi, Dibyush Jena, & Prabir Kumar Das for assistance. Thanks again to the US Consulate Hyderabad and to the entire team at Bakul Foundation for all their enthusiasm and generous support………..and for getting a road closed for the workshop!
VIT Riviera Festival, Vellore – Tracy Lee Stum, with thanks to the Fine Arts Club, Vellore Institute of Technology for enthusiastic assistance. Completed in 1.5 days. Special thanks to Usha Davalur, Corinna Ybarra Arnold and Ratna Mukherjee at the US Consulate Chennai for their generous support and for taking very good care of me!
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai – Tracy Lee Stum, thanks to artists Nikhil Raunak, Sachin Bonde and Akshay Rajpurkar for assistance. Completed in 1.5 days. Thanks to everyone at the American Center Mumbai – Ajmal Palakal, Swati Patel, Anne Grimes and the entire team. Special thanks to everyone at the Kala Ghoda Festival committee for their kind & enthusiastic support!
Here is a sweet little video of the Madhuri Dixit painting in Mumbai – thanks Rediff.com!
Jaipur Literary Festival – Tracy Lee Stum and team New Delhi: Aakshat Sinha, Gaurav Madan, Monica Dawar, Bhanu Pratap, Aakash Anand, Akshi Arora and everyone else who wielded a piece of chalk on this image. Big thanks to each of you for driving to Jaipur to do this!!! Completed in 1.5 days. Special thanks go to Anasua Mukherjee Das, Lydia Barraza, Smita Dhall, Rajinder Chopra and everyone at the New Delhi US Consulate for their wonderful hospitality and kind support. Giving a big shout out to Sanjeev & Avinash Lochan for their generous chalk support! Incredible 3D Street Art India! Much gratitude to you both!