Born and brought up in Kathmandu, Krishna Lama has always been passionate about painting and artistry which is why he says, “Even in my schooldays, my favorite pastime used to be painting whenever I got bored with books.” He has bagged some of the prestigious national awards like Fine Arts Special Award-2015, National Fine Arts Award -2017 and second position award in the Anti-corruption painting exhibition and competition-2019, Lama has turned his hobby into a profession and also works as a part-time art teacher in a number of schools. In a recent interview Krishna talked about his life as an artist and what motivates him:
Were you always passionate about becoming a painter or did you aim for something else during your school days?
I was always an average student when it came to math and science. The only subject that helped me fetch good marks was art and craft. Meanwhile, during my school days, I got involved in many drawing competitions and always secured a good place due to which my teachers always encouraged me to get into art and craft. It’s not that I didn’t make an effort in other fields, but I could never deliver my best in those and finally ended up doing my Masters in Creative Painting from TU.
You have taken part in various art exhibitions in the past years. What lies behind such exhibitions?
For me, organizing art exhibitions or being a part of it has never been about selling or taking it in any commercial way. For instance, for a writer, after he completes writing a book, what he first gains is self-satisfaction and selling a book is secondary to him. It’s the same with me as well. I paint because I love painting. However, if somebody wants to buy my art work after admiring my exhibition, it’s always a plus point. But it’s never been about painting for money.
What are some of the challenges that you face in this profession?
The society will always judge you no matter what. There were instances when I felt about my existence in this world of art. Talking about the economic satisfaction of any individual differs from person to person. My first expectation from the profession might not be about economical gain. I prefer being free and keeping my mind at peace. That’s the ultimate benefit any painter receives from taking up art.
What has been your main theme in your arts and exhibitions?
I recently had my third solo exhibition. My theme has always been showing my level of perception towards our surroundings. I try to show the different views people have regarding what they think about our society. Talking about each of my solo exhibitions, “Dissolving into Forms, 2012” was all about human forms and elongated figures related to our body, “Light that Holds a Dream, 2016” was a representation of the doubts that each one of us has regarding our dreams and ambitions. It’s the freedom to show a new path to a topic. Finally, “Passage of Time, 2020” was about most dynamic topics related to our lives. For example, couple of years back, there used to be a tree here, but it’s replaced by a building. Such change in our society in a long span of time has been portrayed in my third exhibition.
You have been involved in both group and solo exhibitions. Which one do you prefer and why?
Both of these have their own advantages and disadvantages. In solo exhibitions, you are in your personal space. It’s your theme and you can design the entire concept and layout on your own. However, in group exhibitions, you have to adjust among multiples themes. But what hinders most artists from doing solo exhibitions is the financial factor. It is quite complex when it comes to successfully doing a solo exhibition.
What is your ling term plan in this profession?
I am dedicated to this profession and I will die with a splash of colors and brush in my hands. There are people who change their path and get into some commercial activities, but for me it’s my heart and soul and it will always be the same for me.
What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? Some creative tips you’d like to share?
Give time to yourself. Patience is what matters the most. I didn’t become an artist over night. It’s the result of years of practice and hard work. Work continuously and I’m sure you will be recognized for your passion and creativity.
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