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In Pics: When a Self-Taught Artist Left His Job to Travel & Capture the World on Canvas

Dabbling with watercolours, a medium that pushes the artist in him to seek new challenges, Shyam says his work is heavily inspired by Zen Buddhism, and is largely introspective.

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We are often told to be fearless in the pursuit  of our dreams.

For Shyam Kumar it was art.

At the age of eight, he wanted to be an artist, but life – as it always does – had other plans for him. After studying architecture, Shyam spent the next few years working at different firms, until he decided to risk everything and dive head on into the world of art.

This was eight months back.

Dabbling with watercolours, a medium that pushes the artist in him to seek new challenges, Shyam says his work is heavily inspired by Zen Buddhism, and is largely introspective. Born and raised in Andhra Pradesh, the man set out on a journey to chase his passion and find himself along the way.

“I love to portray energy, as it lets the viewer experience subtlety, but at the same intensity. Creating mysterious spaces in the canvas that will lead the viewer to dwell into and ponder each time drives me to paint more. Not letting thought enter the space and going with the flow, I let the moment lead me further. I find myself just a tool through which the universe wishes to express itself”, he says.

Calling himself a YouTube learner, Shyam incorporates intense blasts of colour into his artwork, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer.

Featured below is some of Shyam’s  art, which give us a glimpse of the world as he sees it.

The answer is blowing in the wind. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Joy Amma. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Fight to win, not to loose! Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Joy is in the tiniest of things. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Do not contain joy, leave it to the air. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
In that abode, nothing else matters. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
In a true journey, every moment is an arrival. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Love alone exists. Everything else is manmade. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
The mighty encounter. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Both run for life. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
The monsoon run. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Hug like there is nothing to loose. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
When colours hit you, let it! Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Aham Brahmashmi. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Submit yourself to the nature and look what it has for you. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.
Close your eyes to see the best part of life. Courtesy: Shyam Kumar.

Having travelled across the country,  Shyam’s last stop was a Bodhi Centre in Kodaikanal. Currently residing at Living Vikasa Vidya Vanam at Vijayawada, he organises workshops on art and lateral thinking for kids.

Shyam ultimately plans on fulfilling his dream of opening his own  school.

You can find more of Shyam’s works on Facebook and Instagram.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.