Imagine an artist who’s first art work was a full project. Didn’t sound unusual? But, did we tell you that she has been painting since she could first wield a brush at the age of three. “I made an illustrated story book for my little sister who just entered the world,” smiles Tara Anand. Sharing about her love for art she shares, “My mother is an artist, and both my parents collect art, so I am surrounded by it since I was very young. Being an artist was almost a default option for me.”
Her finished work tends to be digital, but she enjoys working in inks, water colour and gouache; and is currently pursuing a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts, NYC.
She also collaboratively runs ‘The Thursday People’, a Mumbai based zine collective; and her work is deeply influenced by literature, activism and history. Tara’s most recent project is named ‘I am no man,’ and it has become immensely popular for its perspective. “I’m hugely interested in history, and I noticed that the most prevalent narrative in Indian history is dominated almost entirely by male figures,” explains the feminist within her. She began her research and discovered a number of warrior queens. “Representation is important, it can make or break the views and mind-set of an entire society,” says the artist. The series was featured by publications like The Huffington Post, DNA, Deccan Chronicle and BBC