Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Rahul Mukerji and I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember.
What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work in both the traditional and digital domains and my mediums change accordingly. I’ve always been fascinated by different textures and the possibilities different mediums have to offer. My Spray Paintings and sketches are still on paper. My Pyrography uses wood as a medium. My Fractal imagery is printed on Canvas and Fabric. My photography is also rendered on Canvas. I also work in photoshop to create conceptual art like posters and album covers for bands. These are rendered on paper as well.
What is your creative process like?
My approach to art is experimental, for the most part. I doodle quite a bit, so a lot of times my initial concepts begin there. It’s then an iterative refining process, till I’m satisfied with the result. Choosing which medium would best suit the piece, is the next step: Wood, Digital Art, Canvas, Fabric, Paints or just a Pencil and Pen rendering. The Fractal videos and imagery is more involved as I start with a base and then manipulate the parameters and colors till I have a piece that intrigues me. My photography, however, does require me to envision the final piece.
What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
In October 2006 I had hung up my doodles in my cubicle, at work. A Senior Director at my company passed by my cube and asked me if that was my work. I confirmed it was, to which she replied, “You should exhibit your work somewhere. It’s really nice”. Prior to that I had never thought my work was exhibit worthy. That advice is what drove me to exhibit at my first Artomatic. It certainly was the best advice I’ve ever gotten, art-related. It’s opened so many doors for me.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Time continues to be my biggest challenge! Between my day job, my band and my solo musical efforts, I end up sacrificing some form of art each year. Last year my Fractal Videos took a back seat and my webcomic has been on the back burner for a few years now. This year my paintings took a hit as I concentrated on more Fractal work.
Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:
My Fractal T-Shirt Designs are an interesting story. After I had created a number of Fractal Designs, I was looking for ways to promote these pieces. I came across T-Shirt Designs. There were companies that printed the design all over the fabric and ones that printed it only as a center piece. I went with the ones that print it all over and they came out really, really well. I’ve sold a few of these already and at Artomatic it’s the T-Shirts that gets the most attention. People constantly ask about it, if there are different designs and if it can be printed on different garments. Another interesting feature is that when viewed through 3D glasses, the T-Shirt design pops out at you. And with the 3D effect, the entire “Wormhole” design comes to life and it takes the design to a whole new level. The Shirt becomes an experience by itself, and not just a piece of art, at the end of it.
What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
My favorite part of Artomatic is definitely the “People Experience”. I love interacting with different artists, through the shift system, and meeting visitors and art enthusiasts during the days. It offers an opportunity like no other to network, market, inspire and get inspired by all the people who make this event a possibility! I always leave with something new in my head, project wise, after each Artomatic.
What is your website (or other method of contact):
Facebook Artist Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rahul-Mukerji/117832858291039