Techie from Cyberpark Kozhikode explores the shades of art using Soy Sauce which in many countries across the world is a collector’s item Sauce art is a collector’s item in many countries around the world. Then how can Kerala, the home of spices and aromas be left behind? A young engineer from Kozhikode, the gastronomical
Techie from Cyberpark Kozhikode explores the shades of art using Soy Sauce which in many countries across the world is a collector’s item
Sauce art is a collector’s item in many countries around the world. Then how can Kerala, the home of spices and aromas be left behind?
A young engineer from Kozhikode, the gastronomical headquarters of Kerala, is busy crafting art from a rich condiment borrowed from a civilizational giant across the border – Soy sauce.
Exploring the nuances of the deep chocolate shade of the medium, Arjun T K, a Technical Support Engineer with Mozilor Technologies at Cyberpark, is already a star on social networks with his celebrity portraits.
Speaking to technolpolis, he said, “it was a childhood passion that I incubated which finally took shape as soy medium art. I never received any formal training in art and that left me open to explore. I too toyed with colour pencils and other routine medium like acrylic while younger. I was always fond of working monochrome and soy sauce took over my imagination like never before with its stunning depth”.
Arjun has been drawing in this rare medium ever since his final year college days and expanded his reach to draw with coffee as well. Boasting of a stunning body of work with portraits of celebrities like Aju Varghese and Dulquer Salman, he says his work was most recognised for the spectacular detail and quality he managed in actress Anupama Parameshwaran’s portrait, which she herself appreciated on Facebook.
An engineer by training, Arjun’s brush with soy art happened on a vacation after the animation course he pursued from Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram. A random pouch of soy sauce set off an experiment which overtook every other medium he had tried so far.
His creative energies got a shot in the arm when he joined Green Gold Animations, famed for their association with the cartoon character Chhota Bheem. After this stint as a layout engineer, Arjun returned to his home stream, engineering, and started taking up art work on a freelance basis.
“ I met art during the most difficult phase in my life and she took over as a solace. It kept me motivated and soon became my medium to connect with the world,” says Arjun.
Nocturnal as most artists are, he drew a blank when asked how long does it take to finish a work. “ One can never really calculate. I mostly work at night. And when on it, I work non-stop till the portrait is complete. It is so absorbing that even sleep is an interlude. When I wake up, I head straight to my studio to gaze at my work again”, he says.
After every work, Arjun posts it on Facebook for his fans and viewers. He says even his learning came largely through artist groups and suggestions on social media. “ The encouragement it brings is tremendous,” he says.
Having been part of group exhibitions, Arjun, along with his artist-architect wife Nikilsha, is gearing up for a solo show soon with several new pieces of art. “ I look forward to more socializing and learning, and am planning to do workshops with some weekend learning and art platforms in Kochi and Bengaluru”, he said.