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(112)Somrita Watford - Mughal Life
The page I was given depicts a colorful incident, the entry of a King’s Champion into Westminster Hall to challenge anyone who opposed the sovereign’s right to the crown. I was inspired from this theatrical depiction to create my own colourful incident in a royal setting of the Mughal era. Being of Indian heritage, I have always loved the intricacy, colour and beauty of Mughal era paintings which depict the reign of Mughal emperors from the 16th to the 18th century. They often depicted scenes and portraits of emperors and their court, much like ’The Challenge of the Kings Champion’ page I was given for inspiration. My natural style of painting tends to incorporate fine brushwork, colour and attention to detail, which drew me to create this work inspired by the Mughal style, which also usually featured the same elements. My painting depicts a Mughal emperor and his court with heavily decorated subjects and architecture. Like the King’s Champion fulfils his role by challenging opposers, the dancers fulfil their role by providing entertainment through dance and music in the Mughal court.
I am an Indian born, Melbourne based artist. Art was a passion of mine in my teens and twenties and I wanted to pursue it as a career, but back in the 70s chances of making it as an artist and earning a living through it were bleak and my parents encouraged me to get a proper degree that would get me a decent job. So, after a career, marriage, kids, migrating to a new country and then later a job redundancy, 35 or so years later, I now find myself free to pursue my passion and creativity again! Being a self taught artist with no formal training I find my natural style leans towards realism. I create each piece with great care, paying careful attention to every detail with my interpretation of a subject on canvas. With each artwork I aim to bring a sense of joy, contentment and tranquillity to the viewer.
Link to Somrita’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Somrita was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
The Romance of History.
The Challenge of the Kings Champion.