I had always been fascinated by graffiti. I find it as a very liberating form of expression. Unlike painting on canvas which is portable, and can be admired on choice, graffiti puts the art on display indiscriminately, twenty four X seven, for everyone. This adds a huge responsibility on the artist as he is judged by a much varied audience and interpreted in as many ways.
Though I don’t think Mumbai is big on graffiti art compared to other cities around the world (I would be glad if anyone can tell me some more interesting street art seen in and around Mumbai, regular spots, events etc, in the comments) I happen to come across this particular strip of wall while on my way back from Metro cinema to Mumbai CST station, the other day.
What strikes me about these paintings is that it has been made kids (most probably). Kids who have not yet been taught to present their ideas in a politically correct fashion. Kids who have not yet mastered the art of expressing them selves in such a public art form without displeasing/touching a raw nerve of the society. Hence their opinions are sharp, short and snappy, colorful, meaningful and at a impressive young age.
I pictured some of my favorites and sharing them. Would love to hear your thoughts.
happy Holi. 🙂