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Sagar Manandhar completed his Masters degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Benaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi with a gold medal. He is a lecturer at Kathmandu University School of Arts and Centre for Art and Design.
Sagar is the son of renowned artist Kiran Manandhar, and perhaps arts runs in his veins. He says that he becomes an eternal part of his works as he paints from within his soul. The quest to seek answers and find himself is reflected deeply in his art. Creative, thoughtful and a seeker, Sagar Manadhar’s love for art is ingrained in his being.
He has participated in many national and international art workshops, and showcased his work at several solo and group exhibitions. Perhaps the most memorable will be the platform he recently shared with his father, the very versatile Kiran Manandhar who is an endless source of inspiration to his son and other artists and art lovers in the country.
What does art mean to you?
Personally for me art is the marriage between the artist and his imagination… a space where the experiences of the artist are linked up. The experience and the reflection of the artist, nature and society can be visualised in art.
Which medium do you like working with the most?
I love to work on a series of paintings. I generally work in mixed media where I experiment with nouveau materials rather than only paint on canvas. Jute, raw fabrics, varnish, gloss and acrylic boards are other materials that I am experimenting on.
My father Kiran Manandhar and the artistic ambience of my house which contains the smell of colours are my inspiration. The amalgamation of the culture and the landscape of Nepal is also an inspiration in the creative process.
Your relationship with Kiran Manandhar as a father and as a renowned artist…
He is a very inspiring person for me and always provides me with the positive energy to go further. He always makes me aware of the responsibilities and the duties to be fulfilled as a member of the family. As an artist he analyses each and every work that I have done and personally discusses the possibilities of expanding my work capabilities. He motives me to work more on my creative process, and encourages me to experiment more. He pushes me to go deep within my heart to find the true nature of my creative process.
Art as a career…
There are lots of possibilities with an artistic career. I am working as a lecturer at Kathmandu University School of Arts, Centre of Art and Design where I am enjoying the new energy levels of the students while sharing of my experiences with them. The challenge to work in a nouveau series to have an exhibition per year is my aim. The comments and analysis of the viewer motivates me to further my working abilities. Each and every failure for me is the possibility of the beginning of success.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of doing what you love and what are the challenges?
I love to paint and I love the freedom of expression it allows me even as the process of painting goes on. The energy, dramatic suspense and the anxiousness is also a part of the process while working on my ideas. To control my emotions and satisfaction is the main challenge while working.
How do you define success in your work?
My ability to stay focused and work hard, my ambition, and my imagination are all parts of success. My success must however be judged by art lovers.
Commercialisation of art… your thoughts…
Commercialisation in the right way is good for the artist and the art industry. A lot of professional artists survive by selling their art. It is in fact a need for the development of art and artists in the context of Nepal. In this century, art is one of the strongest mediums to represent a country and its culture. It is very important that an artist be able to survive as a freelancer. It means he earn his living solely by selling art. Which ultimately inspires a new generation to advance their career in art.
One International Art Festival you would like to be a part of and why?
I have participated in Indonesia Art Festival and other Asian art workshops. Now I would love to work in Cite International de Art in Paris, France. The ambience, artistic history and culture of France would be an interesting culmination for the imagination and creative thought.
If you weren’t an artist, you would be…
I would be in the army. I admire the discipline, responsibility and sense of duty in army personnel.
Where can people contact you…
Sagar’s Studio, Tahachal, Kathmandu. Mob: 9841478945, Res: 4279009.