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The Monochrome Master: Artist Milind

painting of a girl holding a cat using pen done in hatching technique by artist milind for koonchi

Photo converted to Painting by Artist Milind for Koonchi

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. Created to create, our artist Milind has been painting ever since he was little. Gathering inspiration from his family, Milind discovered his newfound interest to paint all things beautiful. His first few paintings were the complex and confusing scientific diagrams of high school. Later, he learned the demanding art of painting different faces. To develop his talent further, he started his formal education in Bandra School of Art with the 5 year diploma course.

Intoxicated by art, he was motivated to do his best amongst his classmates. Along with his love for painting, there was always a drive to do better everyday and to be his best self. He works mostly with black and white and oil on canvas. His motto for success is to put in his hundred percent. Whatever it takes.

Artist Milind doesn’t fail to appreciate the fact that art is an ever evolving field which requires different ideas, different perspectives and different critics. Even at 53, he seeks advice from his peers and from everyone who has an opinion about art. In his university days, his college dean used to arbitrarily enter the classroom, do a little sketch on the board and leave. The precision and beauty of those sketches always left artist Milind in awe. He is inspired by some artists like Aditya Chari, Ravi Paranjape, Milind Mulik and Vasudeo Kamath. His one true support system is his wife who handles the house while he handles his art.

progress of painting of a girl holding a cat using pen done in hatching technique by artist milind for koonchi

Progress of Photo to Painting by Artist Milind for Koonchi

Since painting became his bread and butter, he had to learn how to sell these pieces and make a living. When seeking advice from different people in the business, he learned a great deal about the audience and buyers of paintings. According to them, the element of darkness, paintings with hints of classic black were sold most. He incorporated this tip into his paintings and started doing pieces with a full range right from super white to dense black. Even though it is just black and white, there is so much to it. The dimension, the shadows, the highlights, the beauty of monochrome remains unmatched because when one paints people in color, they paint the clothes. In black and white, one paints the soul. Artist Milind uses the hatching technique which is an elaborate play of curved lines and circles. The goal of this technique is to reduce the white space. It does not involve any dotting. For the Koonchi paintings, he likes to use Fabriano sheets of 300 gsm which has rich granules and a milky off-white tint. He uses rotary pens for these paintings. He works in so many different mediums like oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, pen and ink on paper and canvas, watercolor on paper and pencil on paper but his favourites are realistic, skull drawings and of course, faces. He talks about how he likes to paint happy faces. There is always something so distinct about faces with a smile. Realistic painting is rare in Rajasthan since miniature work is dominant there which is why Artist Milind likes to paint realistic. From the strong Rajasthani turbans and the dramatic moustaches to the sari-clad ladies carrying elegance in every inch.

 painting of a girl holding a cat using pen done in hatching technique by artist milind for koonchi

All artists are a little vain, they long to be recognized and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. Artist Milind says that the biggest challenge in art is to gain recognition and to make a living out of painting. In 10 years, he wants to be an established artist with a stable income. He also dreams to do many shows abroad and be recognised for his style.

His technique is unique and all he wants to do is make beautiful paintings and be happy while doing it.


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Interview by Varun Maliwal, composed by Manasi Telang

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