Beachroad Magazine catch up with artist Sijin Gopinathan, The Dubai-based doodle/mural artist specializes in instilling life into fantasy. He is a multidisciplinary painter and photographer, working on art projects in the UAE, New Zealand, and the USA.
YOUR FIRST JOB? //
User Interface Designer and illustrator.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? //
Kerala also known as Gods own country.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ARTIST? //
I grew up adoring many mural artworks. Mural art is a part of Indian traditional art. Many of the temples in my place do have pretty beautiful mural paintings of religious deities. During those days I tried to copy those works in my own ways. I enjoyed that a lot. Later I tried to depict my own ideas into murals. Every time I try out a mural it's a throwback to my childhood days.
WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES INVOLVED? //
To maintain the quality of my artworks and continue to deliver innovative concepts.
WHERE WOULD YOUR 5 DREAM GALLERIES BE LOCATED? //
India, Dubai, Paris, London and United States.
IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARTIST WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? //
Maybe a Movie Director.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THE ART WORLD WAS FOR YOU? //
Art is my Life and passion, as the famous quote “The creative adult is the child who survived” says, I’m happy
that I survived by the help of my parents since they allowed me to follow and chase my dreams and create
beautiful artworks. Now I am really working hard creating paintings and artworks each and every night to
early morning to create my signature to the world.
YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST? //
Raja Ravi Varma, he lived in the 18th Century.
YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY? //
The Louvre Museum in Paris.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEW ARTIST STARTING OUT? //
The creative field is always a challenge for new artists. Usually, at the beginning, we need a proper guidance
for choosing the right path. I’m so fortunate to have a guide. Here in Dubai, the situation was very different. I
saw a variety of art forms from different nationalities and honestly, the healthy competition was really high. At
that point, I realized, the regular art forms can’t be noticeable and hence decided to carve and develop a
trademark style, as a result, I am getting good opportunities now. Try to create Unique Artworks!
ART/DESIGN ASIDE, WHAT INSPIRES YOU? /
I love music that inspires me a lot.
IF YOU COULD OWN ANY PIECE OF ARTWORK WHAT WOULD IT BE? //
I have a collection of bronze sculptures, I a big fan of it, I would like to collect more.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY ARTIST ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? //
Raja Ravi Varma again.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? //
I love nature I am a keen observer of it, society and cultural diversities of the people who surround me.
Most of my works are a real depiction that reflects from the same. Some of my works including the “Mother Nature,
Motherhood, The Vision, Gift of Life, the Wild etc are the real-life characters. My style of artwork is a mix of
Fantasy and Realism in a positive way, and I want to spread the positive vibes through my artworks. Moreover,
the most inspiring quote from Van Gogh – “I dream my painting and I paint my dream”
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? //
To suffer from a terminal illness.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? //
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? //
Actually, I don't know, maybe Vijay Sethupathy (South Indian Actor).
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? //
FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? //
YOUR MESSAGE? //
”You have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
So we are creating an art group called www.theeartist.net where inspirational works are added and creating
the platform to motivate emerging quality artists around the world, which includes group activities, workshops