Artist Sumit Mehndiratta uses colorful thread woven through the nails hammered into a wooden plank to create beautiful intricate geometrical patterns.
When Sumit Mehndiratta was in his early twenties, he had no idea he would be living as a professional artist in the future. He was a marketing major studying International fashion marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, UK where he used to share his campus with art students as well.
“I used to study fashion sketches and art drawings of older artists and designers in the library and practice sketching in my free time,” Sumit says. “After I finished my master’s, I came back to India at the time when there was a recession in my country. I was unemployed for a whole year. I spent much of that time painting on large canvases and experimenting with other art materials. That was the first step to my career as an artist.”
Geometric Wall Sculpture Experimentations
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My failures were my biggest mentors
“In the beginning, when I started to paint, my experiments and my failures were my biggest mentors,” Sumit says. “I didn’t have anyone in my family to guide me to paint or do photography but they always encouraged my creative endeavors, especially when I started selling my works. As sad as it sounds, an artist is only respected more when his works begin to sell.”
Sumit’s initial geometrical works were inspired by S.H Raza. He also looked up to international artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Katrin Fridriks, and many more whom he could see doing things he had thought of.
You are never born an artist
“I want every person to know that you are never born as an artist; you have to work at it,” Sumit says. “You don’t even need to go to an art school. If you incline towards creativity, you will find a way to express it in a medium best suited for you but you’ll have to bring yourself to it. I’m self-taught and with hard work, dedication and passion I’ve managed to create and sustain a living through selling art as a full-time artist. If I can do it, so can you.”
Sumit has worked with online art galleries and exhibited his works, both group and solo shows across the UK, UAE, Japan, Italy, China, and India. He has also worked on several projects in the US, UK, and UAE.
Giving back to nature
Sumit also focuses on giving back to nature from what he earns as an artist. On collecting Sumit Mehndiratta’s artwork, you help him contribute 10% of his earnings to an Animal Welfare organization based in Delhi called AnimalAidUnlimited.org who treat and shelter injured animals from the city.
To see Sumit’s latest geometric wall sculpture, visit Saatchi Art >