MUSINGS: INTERVIEW WITH PARAM JAIN

Detailing and intricate patterns give definition to art, without these accessories art is as good as an empty brush stroke. Param Jain, shows us exactly how patterns come to flow and evolve in his artworks. His impulse to capture the endless creations of nature is clearly mirrored in his artwork. Reverberating an essence of tranquillity and calmness, his style is an elegant treaty between nature and art.

In a tête-à-tête with us, this student from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology let’s us have a peek at his ideation process, tools and fictions that form life in his artwork.


INTERVIEW

Hey there, Param, glad to have this chat with you, tell us more about yourself.

I was born and brought up in Bhopal (city of lakes). Being always surrounded by nature as a kid, it undoubtedly became my biggest inspiration. I’ll begin my fourth year in Srishti School of Art Design and Technology this July in Bangalore.

When did you realize that art should be your idea for life? Share with us the story of your prodigious beginning.

Bhopal as a city and my dad’s love for travelling always took me to places where I was again and again put in front of incredible visuals. This increased my interest in imagination as I was always stunned with what I saw and what it became in my head. As a result I was drawn towards art. Apart from this, since childhood I was given books to read like – What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard, Rich Dad, Poor Dad et cetera. Consequently I became interested in Business. As I grew, I was looking for something that could combine these two things for me that I’m passionate about. And then I came to know about this wonderful world of Design (particularly branding). It was like a dream come true, where I could begin to imagine that I can be an entrepreneur and still be creative. At least that’s the plan for future. 😛

We realize that you studied at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. How was the journey? How influential was it in moulding your style and output?

Well, all I can say is that I have loved every single day of being in Srishti. The exposure that I gained there specifically with art and design being separate and at times as one made me much more sensitive in my approach and execution.


“BEING ALWAYS SURROUNDED BY NATURE AS A KID, IT UNDOUBTEDLY BECAME MY BIGGEST INSPIRATION.”


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DESIRES by Param Jain | Cupick
Roots by Param Jain | Cupick
Roots by Param Jain | Cupick

We love how your artwork radiates an essence of tranquillity with a lot of intricate detail and depth.What inspires your style?

Those are some really nice words from you, thank you for that. Most of the artworks I make are just a reflection of thoughts I have. As far as inspiration is considered, my fascination for lines and details is a major factor that affects the style. To search for symmetry, balance and detail in everything that I see has always been my favourite pastime.

Are there any recurring themes that can be found in your work?

I don’t think so…


“TO SEARCH FOR SYMMETRY, BALANCE AND DETAIL IN EVERYTHING THAT I SEE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVOURITE PASTIME.”


Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?

Honestly there isn’t any fixed time for that. Sometimes it takes one entire night to finish an artwork… and sometimes it just goes on. I remember there’s one that I started almost a year ago and is still incomplete. Although it is very interesting to observe how with durations such long, my own perception of what I started changes completely, thus altering the form in the end.

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“Still in the process of completion”, says Param.

Give us a picture of your creative elements-i.e. the tools you use to get the desired outcome. We are also very curious to have a peek at your artistic space!

I mostly use rotring pens (o.o1 and o.8) to illustrate. Then I scan the illustrations and enhance them on photoshop and illustrator, if need be. Also life seems impossible without the continuous supply of coffee throughout the day.

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Param’s tools.

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This is how the final output looks with his tools.
This is how the final output looks with his tools.

We are excited to know about the projects you’re working on! Would you mind giving us a small insight into it?

Currently I’m working to launch my personal website with selected projects (client based and personal) in it. Apart from this I also find myself occupied with the three projects I have to complete before I begin college again. Lastly I’m just waiting for a nice one week time in the mountains up north where I’ll be able to create for myself (projects that have absolutely no client based obligations).

How do you manage to divide time between personal projects and commercial work?

Actually that’s a big struggle but is also fun at the same time. Who wouldn’t want to work just for oneself and be happy? But there are bills to be paid, right? When it comes to time, I set my priorities (short term and long term) and try to follow the schedule. But being a real moody has its perks… if I don’t feel like I won’t. I think when things are done unpassionately the results are often dull and unexciting.

What’s your take on the art scene in India? Is there anything we’re lacking in?

Now that’s something to think about! Firstly, I’ll never be in a position to define art to even start talking about a country’s art scene. Every small or big effort made that feeds into the understanding of anyone’s definition of art seems beautiful and important to me. Irrespective of the fact that whether it fits or doesn’t fit in the agenda of art galleries and museums. There’s a huge difference between these two lines – ‘I want to be an artist.’ And ‘I cannot help but be an artist.’

SPICES by Param Jain | Cupick
SPICES by Param Jain | Cupick
Jelotophobia by Param Jain | Cupick
Jelotophobia by Param Jain | Cupick

Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?

By choosing art and design as a profession I could turn what I really love into a way of earning as well. Hence my relation with procrastination is very temporary… it begins and ends very soon.

What is that one thing that keeps you going?

My dreams (I have lots of them :P) and the desire to be able to keep dreaming.


“EVERY SMALL OR BIG EFFORT MADE THAT FEEDS INTO THE UNDERSTANDING OF ANYONE’S DEFINITION OF ART SEEMS BEAUTIFUL AND IMPORTANT TO ME.”


What about music? What role does it play while you’re at work?

I absolutely love some artists (particularly Adele, Benjamin Clementine, Rhodes, George Ezra …) who directly or indirectly always inspire me to keep going and if not even that then to be just happy. Work seems a lot more vacant without music.

According to you, what is your greatest work so far? 

I’m fortunate enough that I haven’t reached that terrible “I’m the great…” stage.

If you could wish for one, and only one superpower, what superpower would you chose?

Flying.

If you could give one piece of advice for budding artists out there, what would that be?

Be Humble! Nobody likes to work with talented idiots…

How has the journey been with Cupick thus far?

It has been very nice indeed. I think it’s a brilliant initiative and will go very far. I’m sure the platform that Cupick provides to the artists will be very fruitful to its community members.

The Big O Notation by Param Jain | Cupick
The Big O Notation by Param Jain | Cupick
Ms. Kahlo by Param Jain | Cupick
Ms. Kahlo by Param Jain | Cupick
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