Express press service
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Anujath Sindhu Vinaylal perceives everything around him as a work of art. A street vendor, school, food court, flowers and stray animals move seamlessly and blend together as the right frame on the 16-year-old’s canvas. His sharp observational skills and minimalist artistic style have won him numerous awards and accolades, from the President’s Award in 2016 to the International Shankar Prize in 2019.
A resident of Thrissur, Anujath received rave reviews for a week-long exhibition of his paintings held at the Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery at Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. The center of attraction was a painting titled ‘My Mother and Neighborhood Mothers’, which won her the Shankar Prize. It explains the daily hardships and contribution of every housewife without being noticed, portraying the gender reality of Kerala.
“My drawings are inspired by lenses that have been part of my life and what I have encountered,” says Anujath. “I did not create paintings for a particular art exhibition. My artwork is my observation and the pleasure I find through glimpses of my surroundings.
He thinks that creating art for a particular exhibition or competition hampers artistic freedom. “It will preoccupy an artist’s thought process and imagination,” he says. Anujath’s dream is firm: to become a professional artist. As a student in class 12, he has already received a few scholarship offers from foreign universities. His father, MK Vinaylal, an artist and graphic designer by profession, supports his artistic experiments.
“He has the freedom to make mistakes in his work. Most of the time, measurements aren’t perfect, but do we need perfection in art? Art is a robust platform that allows everyone to express themselves,” says Vinaylal. Anujath lost her mother, Sindhu, in 2019.