Artist of the month: SC Ahuja

SC Ahuja

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Name - S C Ahuja
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1. What is the best thing about being an artist?
The best thing about being an artist, for me, is that I am capable of thinking in a way that's different from others. Artists can visualize their emotions and thoughts.

 

2. Teaching or Painting – what do you enjoy doing the most?
I enjoy sculpting, drawing and painting as well. I have experienced 35 years of teaching art and enjoyed that too.

 

3. What inspires you?
Life, my experiences, nature, and the environment are reflected in my sculptures, drawings and paintings.

 

4. How do you manage to work across such a wide variety of mediums?
The medium doesn’t restrict me as I am able to work in any medium - pencil, pen, charcoal, and even clay.

 

5. How do you rate Camel products? What you think is missing in the range?
Camel products are good and are easily available in the market. I have been using poster colours, acrylic, oil, and pastel colours. Pastel colours, which we used to use earlier were good as they were soft. I have also used a CD marker for drawings and found it to be quite good.

 

6. How and when did you decide to join the world of art?
After getting a diploma in Teaching and Arts and Craft from Jamia Millia Islamia University in the year 1968-70, I was inspired by my teachers Mr. A. Ramachandran and Mr. Paramjit Singh, both well-known contemporary artists, to pursue art further. After that I joined the College of Art, New Delhi in 1972 for my BFA and in 1987 for an MFA in Sculptures.

 

7. Which is the most memorable Series you have worked on?
My Rhythm series and Soofi in Pen and Ink drawings on paper and canvas are the most memorable and dear to me.

 

8. Do you try to convey something through your work? Can you give us some examples of the messages you have tried to convey through your paintings/sculptures in the past?
I have tried to convey, through sculptures, how a common man is earning and how they are spending their lives. It’s all about the life of a common man especially those who are from small villages and come to metropolitan cities for employment but face a lot of problems.

 

9. Who is your favourite artist? Both, the ones from past and from the current lot?
I was greatly inspired by Mr. Dhanraj Bhagat, the legendary Sculptor of yesteryears.

 

10. If you were not an artist, what would you be?
I never think about it as I was always aware that art is my interest and hence, always considered becoming an Artist which I am till today and will remain till the end.

 

11. Do you interact with the audience? Please tell us about the most memorable interaction you had.
Yes I do interact with the audience and can’t refer to any one experience as the most memorable interactions i have is getting feedback and appreciation from visitors; because of that, today I am here. 

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