Interviewing a aspirant artist looking forward to serve the community with wall art.
Happiness, peace, energy, wisdom, love and simplicity: the understanding of overall beauty of the world is an art. Any art or an artist needs no greater definition that synchronicity of harmony, it can bring to the world.
Hamro Katha: Why do you prefer painting the walls of the city rather than a canvas?
Bimal Bolakhe: I belong to a working class farmer’s family. It’s been seven years I am in Kathmandu. The are several galleries, where exhibitions take place. Profound artists and aspirant artists get along the art inside their own cocoon. The galleries of Nepal are of access of limited people only. Then, the idea struck my head. My art should be a medium to provide pleasure to all people, rich or poor; artist or non artist. I started taking interest, exploring the literature of wall art. I came to know, this is called “Public Art”, a well established art form in the west.
The stream of ‘street art’ initiated in the year 1960 AD. To understand the ways to explore the scope of public art in Nepal, I traveled to different remote locations of Nepal. I experimented in walls convenient and feasible to myself. With this inspirations, my motivation to painting the walls is ongoing.
Hamro Katha: How would you love to define your art?
Bimal Bolakhe: To me, art is the expression of my experiences, my understanding, my mood. At times, I try to portray my bookish knowledge. Bring into reality all I study and I watch.
Hamro Katha: What message do you want to convey the society through your Bodhi Art products?
Bimal Bolakhe: It is actually necessary for us to visualize the state of the society we are living in. To depict the society I live in, is my way of defining my art.
Hamro Katha: How is the rising market value of any commodity or inflation affecting the condition of artists welfare in Nepal?
Bimal Bolakhe: This actually is a critical question we should all ponder upon. The dynamics of Nepal is complex. When the basic needs of people are fulfilled, then only the people come to the state of being able to afford a piece of art. Human beings are deprived of basic needs to today. Hence, I cannot expect more.
Hamro Katha: When do your relationship with art begin? What brought the inspiration, hope within you?
Bimal Bolakhe: I am fortunate to have been around supportive people around me. During my initial days of wall art, I was much inspired by people who gifted me resources, colors and brushes to move ahead. Along came the challenges, I was demotivated understanding the null perspective of people toward art.
Hamro Katha: Apart from Kathmandu, what are the other cities where you have colored the walls?
Bimal Bolakhe: I recently visited mustang. Apart from that, I collaborate with different organizations working for the welfare of remote development. I have worked in the walls of Khare, Illam, Biratnagar and Dhading.
Hamro Katha: What is the meaning of “Bodhi Art” in your expression?
Bimal Bolakhe: There are several steps to it. In the past, Bodhi Art was into line art. At present, the line art has upgraded itself to calligraphy art. Recently, I work with Ranjana Lipi.
Hamro Katha: What is the definition of art, layman should understand?
Bimal Bolakhe: The first thing, a common man should understand is- Art reflects my own shadow. The perspective of opinion leaders matter more to impact the common people. Only a human portrait is not an art. There is more to an art we should understand.
Hamro Katha: What incentive till now has motivated you the most? Describe the moment.
Bimal Bolakhe: I wouldn’t want to exactly discuss the amount. I had once painted a wall 15 feet long. I was paid more than my expectation.
Hamro Katha: Is there something you would want to say more?
Bimal Bolakhe: The future of Art in Nepal is really hopeful. There is a huge scope yet to unleash. There are immense opportunities as well. It’s just that we need to raise above personal selfishness.