We already know I'm a big fan of PoptArt Gallery, one of the reason's being is that the curator, Karel, has an eye for artists who cater to themselves rather than the public. As I entered Forge and Co, the hosts of Tableau 2, I was greeted by a lovely piece called Transition. I was drawn to it, everywhere I went in that room my eyes always wondered back over to Transition, it captivated me. At first I tried to fight it but in the end I surrendered and stood in-front of the piece until my heart was full. Whilst I was standing there, taking in its beauty, I knew one thing for certain....I need to find the artist!
It turns out the artist is bad-ass female, Maya Shankla. She is not just a painter, oh no, she's also a sculptor whilst working as a Part 1 architectural assistant! How she found the time to answer our questions will forever amaze me but I am very grateful she did.
Every medium has its pros and cons, which ones are your favourite to work with and why?
Acrylic paints are my favourite medium to work with. Mainly because they will dry within an hour, if not within fifteen minutes, which works very well for me as I work quickly and intuitively, responding to each brushstroke, painting layer after layer and then removing and revealing what lies beneath.
Which medium do you find the most challenging?
My next step is to try and work with Oils. When it comes to colour, oil paints have more pigment in them, allowing richer, more vivid colours. I think I might become very frustrated with the drying time of oils, as well as it being a little more expensive than acrylics.
What is your creative process like, what helps you get into the zone?
I have always responded to Art- seeing it, learning about it, experiencing it, and creating it. My painting is led by the mood I’m in and influenced by the day to day interactions with the people and places I have been.
What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?
As the abstract form remains essential to me, a key element to remember about a composition is variety – just “don’t make any two things the same” and start with a rectangle canvas.What do you find the most challenging about painting?For me, painting, just like many of the arts, is therapeutic, not challenging. It provides a conduit to emotional release. I paint solely for personal enjoyment, and want the viewer to interpret and imagine for themselves, take a little bit of joy from what they have seen and evoke their own emotional response.How does being a colourist influence your work?My passion for colour is perhaps due to my upbringing in Kenya and creative environment I was brought up in. Living in a culturally dynamic and vivid environment really fuelled my creativity and I find is best represented in my work as a painter and designer.
Maya has kindly written a mini description for 3 of her pieces in a new post- Maya Breaks it Down