Mohan Das

Mohan Das pursued his BA as well as his MFA degree in Fine Arts at the University of Sindh, Karachi (1999-2002). He has been running the Fakhta School of Arts since several years. Along with being an art educator for a considerable amount of time, Das has an extensive portfolio to his credit.

Das emphasizes on the fact that the basic element behind the creation of any image is the point. Thus, he recreates upon canvas, his childhood association with Rickshaw Art which promotes the idea of creating images that are essentially built up by points. The artist feels that just as one point is connected to another to produce a line, similarly three primary colours are used in different variations to produce several tones in order to give birth to an image.

“Bill-board, Truck Art and Rickshaw Art painters use enamel paints in their work. I still remember the time when I used the lid of enamel paints as a color palette. I have used my background and my deep-rooted influences as an inspiration for these paintings. The method is the same – enamel lid and primary colors.” Says Mohan Das.
The artist’s work is a blend of western and eastern influences. He conjures up imagery from his childhood experiences as well as his knowledge of art from the western world. Das claims that most of the visuals he produces are inspired by old masterpieces such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer, by the posture of the hands in Michelangelo pieces or even the Mona Lisa that has been adorned with local attire in one of his paintings.
His work was displayed in a solo show My Past Love at Khaas Art Gallery in 2012.

Mohan Das

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