May 15, 2017


Arts4All recently presented young artist Pallav Chander’s solo show Life Must Have Its Mysteries in their New Delhi gallery space. Matters of Art (MOA) caught up with the artist for a tête-à-tête.

MOA: What was the response you received for first solo show Decoding A Dyslexic Mind in 2014?

Pallav Chander:The response to my first solo show was very positive. It was for the first time, a large number of works of mine were on display. And if I look back, that show was all about my personal chapters of life, displayed in the canvases.

MOA: Though your parents are known painters with vast experience, did you find it difficult to establish yourself as an artist? What were the challenges you face before and after your first solo exhibition?

Pallav Chander: There are pros and cons of being an artist’s child. It was a challenge for me, after my first solo show, I had to wait for a long time, before my next art show happened. Still, I kept on painting and waited patiently for my next opportunity.

MOA: What is your opinion about the current gallery system prevalent in the country? Do you we require young gallery owners/partners who are willing to work with the new-generation artists like you?

Pallav Chander:I am a strong believer, that the gallery has to connect with your works first, before representing the artist. And yes we need to have young gallery owners to enter the art scene, its always go to have a fresh take on art.

MOA: You did you education in art from Birmingham City University, UK. How do you compare the education system in UK and India?

Pallav Chander:There is no point of me personally comparing the two education systems. As I believe India and the United Kingdom, have very diverse and different approaches to handling the topic of education.

MOA: Please tell our readers about your recent solo show – Life Must Have Its Mysteries.

Pallav Chander:The show was more like a self-portrait, the whole show explores the concept of love, numbers, gibberish dialect, subconscious imageries and a subjective observation of our contemporary society.

MOA: When one views your paintings, there is plenty to be decoded, so it seems. There are semblances of heads/portraits, gibberish language add many layers to your work.

Pallav Chander:As a background in theatre, the drama element in my work is a must, that’s why there are layer after layer, and there is always too much happening in my artworks.

MOA: Two series which you have painted – We All Live in a Bubble and What is Thing Called Love –  both reflect your anger or revulsion which you may have probably experienced. Your comments…

Pallav Chander:As I previously said, my works are portraits of what I see and experience in my life, the contrast of anger and love, can be seen in those two series ( We Live in a Bubble and What is This thing Called love ), one is about love, and the other contrast work  is about how people around us in our contemporary society like to live in there own hyper-reality bubble.

MOA: The paintings you have displayed looks like they were done in a single stretch. Were they painted in small span of time? Please explain to our readers your thoughts and process when you do art.

Pallav Chander:The show is showcasing works from over three years of time span. The works weren’t done in a single stretch. Art for me is more of a therapy. So I like to sit on every single work for a long time, that’s why, when I say there is too much happening in my works. It’s a result of endless hour of work on each canvas.

MOA: You also indulge in theatre. Tell us little bit about your involvement in theatre.

Pallav Chander:Theatre and painting for me go hand in hand. Whenever I am in a director mode, I tend to treat my stage as a canvas, that’s why there is always painted faces, with colorful lights involved in most of my stage productions. And when I paint, I tend to direct my canvas scenes, rather then composing it. It’s a fusion, which comes naturally to me, during my theatre or painter mode.