Indian Australian Artists Inc. a platform for emerging and professional Indian artists
Featured image obtained from Indian Australian Artists Inc. Facebook page
Since 2017, the Indian Australian Artists Inc. (IAA) has been working as a platform for likeminded artists to share knowledge and skills, celebrate each other’s work and promote the creation of Indian and global folk art in Australia.
Today, IAA is made-up of around 35 artists who have come together and showcased their work in six various group shows since the organisation’s founding.
Spokesperson and fellow artist of the IAA Yoge Biju said the group provides a forum for artists to learn about the industry in Australia, with many members having moved from India in recent years.
“For us, coming as first-generation migrants, and I am talking on behalf of myself and the other members, we didn’t really know how artists display things in Australia, or what the avenues were for artists – it was all quite unclear,” she explained.
“So, a couple of the more experienced artists who have been in Australia for more than 20 years, they took on more of a mentorship role and they started guiding other artists in the group, and this led to the formation of the association.
Today, we hold forums and chats where we talk about things from smaller, stationary ideas, to large scale projects such as public art, and displaying in major art exhibitions within the country.
Yoge is also a full-time architect, but like many of the IAA members, she regularly finds time to work on other artistic projects outside of her regular working hours.
While she typically specialises in Kerala Folk Art from the South of India, Yoge explained that many other forms of art from India are showcased and explored by the IAA artists.
If you visit South India, you will see enormous, vibrant paintings all over the ceilings and walls of temples, churches and palaces.
“They are so intricate and vibrant that even a thousand years on, they haven’t lost any of their glory,” she said.
“Whereas, if you go to North India, their techniques are slightly different, and the paintings aren’t as vibrant because they use more white and grey tones, so it’s very interesting to see the contrast and how each region has a different art form.”
Image obtained from Indian Australian Artists Inc. Facebook Page
Continuing to serve the IAA 2019 mission to further promote Indian and global folk art in Australia, Yoge and another IAA artist, Rashmi Gore, were given the opportunity to recently work on a public street art display in Dandenong, Victoria.