Lines Inspired by Life's Little Things - The New Indian Express

Lines Inspired by Life's Little Things

Published: 01st February 2014 10:13 AM

Last Updated: 01st February 2014 10:13 AM

The gentle strokes mean a million things. Rolly Simon’s sketches titled My Dark Lines speak leaps and bounds about simple things in extraordinary light, mostly the rustic and urban motifs that have deeply inspired his art.

Though he has experimented with different styles, Rolly, an animator by profession, found his unique pattern only a year and a half ago. “I did try experimenting with colours, as everyone does, but could never really relate to what I did back then. It was when I started doing the sketches, that I realised that this is something I could relate to. It was unique and I found my calling,” he says.

Much of his inspiration comes from life itself with his art portraying the different phases of life - childhood, youth and old age. His works take us to the good old days when when children found amusement in everyday things of life, like rubber slippers, sticks and handmade toys. “Childhood and adolescence are very warm phases in a person’s life. Everything amuses and makes an impression on you. It is that time when you are most real,” he says. 

Youth has been portrayed as an anxious phase, where one is always uncertain and is deep in thought about what the future holds: “I was lucky enough to be born at a time when an artist could mould his talents and get a job that nurtured that talent. A generation before me probably was not that lucky and it is their uncertainty that struck me”.

Continuing a single line to create artistic strokes, Rolly’s unique art is rather intriguing.  About his style he says, “I have tried many styles and experimented a lot and I found that a single line creating curves to form art was a very new idea. It felt fresh and I thought it was the best way to stand out and express myself through my work.”

 His sketches are done in a manner that can be viewed in isolation and can also  be seen as part of a series. Each sketch has characters and a setting which speaks volumes to the viewer.

“Each piece I do has a setting in itself. It is not obscure and can be easily understood. I draw my memories and I believe that it is the simple things that connect with people more than something complex,” he says.

  Speaking about the many things that have created an impression on him he says Kolkata is one of his inspirations. It is a city where literature and art have blossomed and he feels his sketches owe allegiance to it. He has also found inspiration in metamorphosis and lays parallels between human life and the lifecycle of a butterfly.

He says, “When one deeply meditates about the egg and pupa, it grows wings and is able to fly. It is always important to explore your possibilities and  as an artist.”

 “I’ve to push beyond my boundaries and strive hard to reach sublime heights,” he signs off.

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