One needs a certain level of maturity to do water colour painting: Hiremath K

As a little boy living in Benadi, a small village in Belgaum, Karnataka, Kudalayya Hiremath, never imagined that he would be ranked among the top 50 water colour artists in the world. Today, he is not only an award-winning artist, but also an inspiration to many aspiring water colour artists. Hiremath, whose works have fetched laurels from across the world, has now made his debut in Coimbatore with work titled Heritage. It is a series that represent various heritage places in India that holds immense cultural and historical significance.“Being the son of an art teacher, it was only natural that I was interested in art from my childhood. As a kid, I used to draw on the walls of our house using a chalk. Though I studied science, I knew that art was my calling. I have dabbled in oil, acrylic and charcoal painting as well.”
Hiremath has chosen water colour as his medium of expression. Portraits, landscapes and suggestive abstracts are his forte. “It’s been ten years I have been painting as a professional and it’s been an interesting journey. I don’t really look for inspiration for my work. But I travel a lot and I pick up my material from there. One of my favourite paintings series is titled Race. Back home in our village in Belgaum, we have bull races which are a riot of colours and fun. I look forward to the race every year as I get to relive my childhood memories and also paint them on the canvas.”
Interestingly, one of Hiremath’s paintings is displayed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office as well. Talking about the painting, he says, “I was one of the many artists who were invited by the Gujarat Kala Praishthan to visit PM Narendra Modi’s village in Vadnagar. We painted interesting observations from there. One of my paintings from the trip is now hanging at his office.”
Another painting of Hiremath, which was made during a trip to Gokarna, Karnataka, was the only work from India that made it to the top 20 paintings selected for the first international Water Colour society Biennale in 2015. “The painting was titled ‘To The Market’. There were nearly 350 entries from 38 countries. Hiremath’s work grabbed the 13th position among the top 20.”
All said and done, Hiremath says that water colour painting is not an easy task. “It’s easier for children above 16 years to learn as one requires a certain maturity to understand water colours. There are a lot of techniques involved in mixing colours and one has to understand the right proportion of water and colour for a particular painting. One should also know when to apply those colours on the canvas,” sums up Hiremath, who is now guiding aspiring painters.