A Steve Jobs mural at an iPhone service centre in Bengaluru.A Steve Jobs mural at an iPhone service centre in Bengaluru.
Wall art has existed since time immemorial. The Eqyptians, Romans, French, Africans and of course Indians have practised this art since prehistoric times and these can still be seen in churches, temples, palaces, rocks, old buildings etc.
Over time, the designs and the material used to create murals have changed. In earlier times, heated beeswax to which colored pigments were added were used for this art; even eggs were used as a medium to blend pigments. Traditionally, in Warli art, a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding and a bamboo stick as a paintbrush was used. Nowadays, mostly paints of all kinds are used. Vishnu of Kalakarah informs “We use a mix of normal wall emulsion paints, acrylic paints and aerosol paints”. He says that to create a wall art, it can take from 2 to 10 days depending on the intricacies and detailing involved. Personalised wall art is in nowadays and these can be increasingly seen in both homes, restaurants and offices. It is a great way to liven up spaces. The prices can range from Rs.20,000 to Rs.80, 000 depending on the detailing involved. We feature here some beautiful wall art done by team Kalakarah.