We are told Banksy is the coolest street artist in the world today. With his satirical and social observant graffiti art, getting art critics all hot under the collar with excitement. However, Indian artists are creating more exciting, and let’s be honest more skilful, street art.
Whereas Banksy’s “art” is all about grabbing your immediate attention, Indian street artists take a more philosophical approach, plumbing the depths of your imagination is the order of the day. You don’t need to look far, whether you’re in Delhi, Bombay, Chennai etc, its there for all to see.
Fundamentally, it’s about the youth leaving their mark. Artists don’t skimp on colour either, transforming the gloomy canvases of grey walls and stern facades into an elaborate explosion of psychedelic colour.
It seems apt that Southern India’s city of youth and creativity Bangalore would emerge as the hub of street art. It’s here where artists are turning the city into a landscape of dreams and fantasy. With the youthful desire for making it big and bold, a patch of wall under a viaduct just isn’t enough.
Not to be out done, you’ll see panoply of imaginative creations in the cosmopolitan streets of Bombay and New Delhi. Shifting from the comedic, with nods to Lichtenstein and Warhol, to the dramatic, every theme is explored.
It’s all about the democracy of art, when creativity spills on to the streets.