THE JOURNEY

A STORY OF A BOY WATCHING THE WORLD

FROM OPPRESSION TO EXPRESSION

THE STATEMENT

I endeavour to make art both powerful in its message, and beautiful to behold.

I combine traditional artistic methods with digital techniques to create my work, merging pixels with pigments to create depth, texture and style. Each piece offers a unique, visual experience that compliments the subject and conveys the message. 

I draw inspiration from stories, experiences, and my journey to self-awareness. Each piece offers an in-depth observation of my reality and interpretation of the meaning I attach to experiences, beliefs and the unknown. Some are snapshots of real life, captured and then exaggerated with colour and pattern. Others convey concepts from the imagination, presented in abstract form and composition, both covey contrasts and ideas for the viewer. 

My overall message is simple, yet touches on an instinctual desire within all people for acceptance; how we are perceived, how financially wealthy we are, or conversely how desperately poor, “we are all just people”.
In essence, I intend to create art inspired by these thoughts and ideas. I aim to deliver a message to the observer, encouraging a more wholesome alternative; wealth, ethnicity and religion aside, we are all the same, and that is the reality.

 

THE REASON

On the eve of the year two thousand, as the world welcomed a new century, I decided to change my life forever.

I could no longer endure the pain of fear and uncertainty that consumed my experiences. I was afraid to express myself, scared to be me. As a a boy, I was full of love and wonder, playful and happy, however this all changed the moment I had to conform to rules and structures outside of my family home. Rules that didn't make sense or felt fair. I simply went through the motions, mimicking their behaviours in exchange for security and some sort of acceptance while judging myself for failing to feel safe or connect with people. I felt detached from everything, especially the familiar, like it wasn't my reality. I was dreaming in the day, consciously unconscious, playing a role for this world. I wanted to awaken, be reborn as an artist, a creator of worlds. I had to end this way of living and transform. Somehow abandon the old me and rediscover the authentic me, the boy, full of love and creativity. So as the clock struck midnight, I destroyed all physical possessions, all forms of identity and name. I detached from family and friends, purposely renouncing it all. As the world was entering a new age, I was leaving the unknown to enter the known.

My life, before then, was a cluster of beautiful moments and painful challenges. The moments were easy to appreciate, but the problems were impossible to overcome. I didn't understand anything, totally overwhelmed by life. I felt lost, functioning from a place of fear and self-doubt. From home life to being at school to work, I was always on the outside. 

I remember experiencing moments where I wished for a way out, wanting to be invisible forever. On a few occasions, I did contemplate the unthinkable, and one very dark day, attempting it. I was on the verge of self destruction, of death, before something stopped me from going through with it. A familiar voice from beyond the senses, instructing me to stop. I had never heard it before this day but it then frequently reappeared at pivotal moments to save and protect me. The voice become clearer, offering clarity amid the chaos. Somehow, It helped me become aware of perception, enabling me to see my version of the world as inaccurate, influenced by years of social conditioning and miss-information. It highlighted patterns of thought and behaviour, low in frequency, weakening my emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. Those old patterns made me fear the natural world, like a slave in a garden who's desperately needs to flee the conceptual prison. My only option was to move closer to that inner voice, engage with it and become it. Address it was more than the narrator of my experiences but a guide to the truth, forever questioning and searching for quality. So I decided to become its devotee, trust it no matter what happens next.

 

THE TRANSFORMATION

I developed artistic methods over the years in which I devoted entirely

to exploring and perfecting my technique, enabling me to create art precisely as I imagine it to be. 


Having little formal training in art and as a casual illustrator and fine artist in my early years, my grasp of traditional processes was evident in my sketches and renaissance styled religious paintings. I enjoyed learning about conventional artistic methods and styles. The wealth of talented artists from history inspired me to study and try multiple practices and processes. However, I felt incredibly limited by the traditional medium, in particular when using paint, watercolours and pastels. These materials lacked the dynamism I was searching for. I wanted to create visuals that appeared to be multi-dimensional, futuristic and unfamiliar to the eye. I had to expand from the conventional and began to research more contemporary mediums. I delved deep into technology-based tools from image manipulation to 3D animation and graphic design. This period of study gave me further insight into other creative processes and opened my mind to the possibility of perhaps mixing them. 

After several years of experimentation, I eventually came across a method that genuinely inspired me. Using a tablet, a digital pen, photo editing software, scanned photographs and old paintings, I digitally edited images and merged them with graphics, drawings and paintings. This unorthodox experiment gave birth to a particular style of art, which I named a digital collage. I continued to experiment with these elements, uncovering multiple ways to develop visuals that conveyed the energy I wanted. I was immersed in reading manuals detailing digital applications as well as learning about the art of storytelling, in particular from artists from the renaissance, surrealists period and from those who created multi-layered concepts through religious art. My next  challenge was to somehow use my method to create art that appears modern in style and execution and conveys the depth and emotion found in old masterpieces. This period of study and then experimentation took almost twelve years to refine and master, eventualy leading me to results that were extraordinary.

I combine traditional artistic methods with digital techniques to create my work, merging pixels with pigments to create depth, texture and style. Each piece offers a unique, visual experience that compliments the subject and conveys the message.

THE METHOD

I developed artistic methods over the years in which I devoted entirely

to exploring and perfecting my technique, enabling me to create art precisely as I imagine it to be. 

I combine traditional artistic methods with digital techniques to create my work, merging pixels with pigments to create depth, texture and style. Each piece offers a unique, visual experience that compliments the subject and conveys the message.

Now i was reborn i was ready with a blank canvas. Alone in a room with paint and paper and my imagination for company, i began to create art. Having formal training as an illustrator and fine artist in my early years, my grasp of traditional processes gave me the confedance to sketch and paint renaissance styled masterpieces. I enjoyed learning about conventional artistic methods and styles. The wealth of talented artists from history inspired me to study and try multiple practices and processes. However, I felt incredibly limited by the traditional medium, in particular paint, watercolours and pastels. These materials lacked the dynamism In the art  was searching for. I wanted to create visuals that appeared to be multi-dimensional, futuristic and unfamiliar to the eye. I let go of the conventional and began to research more contemporary mediums. I delved deep into technology-based tools from image manipulation to 3D animation and graphic design. This period of study gave me further insight into other creative processes and opened my mind to the possibility of perhaps mixing them. 

After several years of experimentation, I eventually came across a method that genuinely inspired me. Using a tablet, a digital pen, photo editing software, scanned photographs and old paintings, I digitally edited images and merged them with graphics, drawings and paintings. This unorthodox experiment gave birth to a particular style of art, which I named a digital collage. I continued to experiment with these elements, uncovering multiple ways to develop visuals that conveyed the energy I wanted. I was immersed in reading manuals detailing digital applications as well as learning about the art of storytelling, in particular from artists from the renaissance, surrealists period and from those who created multi-layered concepts through religious art. My next  challenge was to somehow use my method to create art that appears modern in style and execution and conveys the depth and emotion found in old masterpieces. This period of study and then experimentation took almost twelve years to refine and master, eventualy leading me to results that were extraordinary.

Prior to Jai's voyage into art, he displayed a natural a curiosity for history and culture. He was heavily influencedby monumental cultural and social events that affected his  

THE COLLABORATION

Some of my art is a result of a collaborative effort, featuring the creativity of other, like-minded people who's work complimented my vision. My role is of a composer, combining a host of visual elements and embossing it with my signature style. 

For me, the narrative of the subject is far more important than the aesthetic, I enjoy art when the visual draws me into a theme or concept, transforming it to a more sensory and emotive experience. The narrative has to be real, relatable and full of possibility. Fortunately, I didn't have to look too far to discover subjects. Through ut me life i had encountered endless challenges as well as beautiful moments of joy, even putting myself in issolation for long period of time somehow guided my curiosity and desire to want to know about the world, its nature and how we himans operate in it. I was just a guy sitting in a small room in the uk with a host of ideas but needed raw materials in the form of photographs that offered me more opportunities to tell stories. I decided to work with other creatives and so began to research people whos work had that something extra, and I could use as a base for my art. 

Several years later, I had formed relationships with over 300 photographers, designers, poets and film director from around the world. Together we worked on a vast amount of visuals, developing art and animation.  
Each creative possed a unique style and personality, and their work was specific in terms of their subject matter and narrative. I even travelled to India, America and across Europe to meet them and get to know them, which enriched the creativity. by meeting this unique indivudaul and learning about thier journey, i was exposed to other forms of culture and beliefs which enriched bott he art and my awarness of the world. 

 

I combine traditional artistic methods with digital techniques to create my work, merging pixels with pigments to create depth, texture and style. Each piece offers a unique, visual experience that compliments the subject and conveys the message.

THE SUBJECTS

Some of my art is a result of a collaborative effort, featuring the creativity of other, like-minded people who's work complimented my vision. My role is of a composer, combining a host of visual elements and embossing it with my signature style. 

I was locked away, totally detached from the world for a decade, a decision I made in 1999. My aim was to pause my life, use time to respectfully abandon the old me and rediscover the original me, the boy, excited to be in this world. I even gave myself a funeral on new yearts eve of the millenium year, burning all my posetsions, dettaching from all relationships and changing my name. Prior to this dramatic moment, my life was a clusster of beaitful moments with painful challenges, i appreciated the beauty but could not deal with the challenges. I was totally lost in the world and unable to form relatiohships with people. From no money to no real desire to conform to societies structure, I was invisible. It took the death of my grandfather and my best friend to stop trying to fit into the world and its rules. I reconsised the voice inside and began to listen more. I had to find the answers from within, I had to undersand who i was, why i was fearful of the world and how can i feel peacefull and motivated to actual live beyond the set conditions. actually be a person who can love others and be loved in return. 

 

 

In that time, I exposed myself to a range of subjects and ideas that provoked my curisoity. I looked into philosphy, religion, politics, and studys of the brain and body, at te hsame time delving into popular culture, modern behavious and I was not sure about the suject matter but i did want it to be about people, thier experiences and stories. I wanted to convey complex ideas in simple form, using art to provoke thought abd emotion. Not content with just sitting still and gaining information, i had to go out there and experience it for real, meet people in real life, connect wit them and tell their story. As an indian, I was immsersed in the culture which offers so much interms of stories rich with art, mythology and spirituality, not to mention the hisorical experiences my parents and people in my community has to face as imigrants moing to a another country and all of the diverse experiences and emotions that comes with such a monumental change. My experiences in the uk offered one perspective, the uk based one, however, my indoan background has so much more complling. Both were relavant and played an importan role in my thinking and creativty, but india had something else. 


Using my limited knowledge of India, but inspired by my heritage. I went in search of a more authentic appreciation of reality. Always hoping to discover another level of information, that would enable me to explore my thirst for understanding. Throughout India, I met such a variety of people that had their roles within society, some of which I didn't fully appreciate until I looked deeper. Some survived squalor, others embraced life regardless of what they had, but each taught me something about how the world as a collective, view and judge circumstance. One experience stood out to him. He visited a school in dire poverty with the intention of teaching the children about art. However, he approached without an understanding of who he would meet, and what their environment indeed was, a lesson he learned quickly. Humbled, he returned without the technology he had first arrived with and immersed himself openly into their world, to find that he had so much more to learn. This experience was pivotal in teaching Jai about the real wealth of life and the richness that is located internally. Pieces he has created, depict individuals in their own unique story, some of whom are free from constraints, others who shine from within the human-made barriers they face. Men who live entire existences so very alien to us that the stories about them and their exploration of dimensions of truth are like that of fairy tales. Women who captivate with their beauty, strength and essence. All of whom are immortalised in such a way that a story is told in every image. For example, one piece; Gold Rush, is inspired by children of poverty, who are so captivated by the wealth of the city, that they are swept away by the allure, to give their lives in exchange for a dream never to be recognised. Another example is the piece: Self-Realisation, inspired by the ash babas in the mountains in north India. Jai shared some incredible moments with a tribe of spiritual gurus, who would absorb the environment and meditate for days. They aimed to create a collective energy field and project it into the galaxy, towards specific planets, knowing this energy will return and impact the earth in 500 years.
 

I combine traditional artistic methods with digital techniques to create my work, merging pixels with pigments to create depth, texture and style. Each piece offers a unique, visual experience that compliments the subject and conveys the message.

THE EXPOSURE

A wide variety of life experiences inspired my growth during my apprenticeship years, I was loacked away, totally detached from the real world for a decade. In that time, i exposed myself to a range of subjects and ideas that provoked my curisoity. I looked into philosphy, religion, politics, and studys of the brain and body, at te hsame time delving into popular culture, modern behavious and I was not sure about the suject matter but i did want it to be about people, thier experiences and stories. I wanted to convey complex ideas in simple form, using art to provoke thought abd emotion. Not content with just sitting still and gaining information, i had to go out there and experience it for real, meet people in real life, connect wit them and tell their story. As an indian, I was immsersed in the culture which offers so much interms of stories rich with art, mythology and spirituality, not to mention the hisorical experiences my parents and people in my community has to face as imigrants moing to a another country and all of the diverse experiences and emotions that comes with such a monumental change. My experiences in the uk offered one perspective, the uk based one, however, my indoan background has so much more complling. Both were relavant and played an importan role in my thinking and creativty, but india had something else. 


Using my limited knowledge of India, but inspired by my heritage. I went in search of a more authentic appreciation of reality. Always hoping to discover another level of information, that would enable me to explore my thirst for understanding. Throughout India, I met such a variety of people that had their roles within society, some of which I didn't fully appreciate until I looked deeper. Some survived squalor, others embraced life regardless of what they had, but each taught me something about how the world as a collective, view and judge circumstance. One experience stood out to him. He visited a school in dire poverty with the intention of teaching the children about art. However, he approached without an understanding of who he would meet, and what their environment indeed was, a lesson he learned quickly. Humbled, he returned without the technology he had first arrived with and immersed himself openly into their world, to find that he had so much more to learn. This experience was pivotal in teaching Jai about the real wealth of life and the richness that is located internally. Pieces he has created, depict individuals in their own unique story, some of whom are free from constraints, others who shine from within the human-made barriers they face. Men who live entire existences so very alien to us that the stories about them and their exploration of dimensions of truth are like that of fairy tales. Women who captivate with their beauty, strength and essence. All of whom are immortalised in such a way that a story is told in every image. For example, one piece; Gold Rush, is inspired by children of poverty, who are so captivated by the wealth of the city, that they are swept away by the allure, to give their lives in exchange for a dream never to be recognised. Another example is the piece: Self-Realisation, inspired by the ash babas in the mountains in north India. Jai shared some incredible moments with a tribe of spiritual gurus, who would absorb the environment and meditate for days. They aimed to create a collective energy field and project it into the galaxy, towards specific planets, knowing this energy will return and impact the earth in 500 years.
 

After spending so much time in isolation, over 16 years to be exact, with over four thousand pieces created i had to now, some how take the next step and share it with the world, summoning the energy to share myself and connect with others to truly make this art a living breathing entity.

I combine traditional artistic methods with digital techniques to create my work, merging pixels with pigments to create depth, texture and style. Each piece offers a unique, visual experience that compliments the subject and conveys the message.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

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WEMBLEY STADIUM

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GLOBAL AUDIANCE OF 2BILLION

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MODHI CONCERT 2015

GLOBAL AUDIANCE OF 2BILLION

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