Although Nepal is recognised for its immense culture, arts and heritage, the art scene in Nepal is not seeing the growth it rightfully deserves. Artists today have broken from the confines of traditional styles and are seen exploring and experimenting with new forms and techniques. Some are creating interesting variations of old meets new, telling stories of contemporary Nepal in ink and paint. There are many galleries, a few curators and experts show openings almost every other week. But investment in art is still a new concept.
Anil Shahi is one of those artists who show a predilection for painting. His works usually contain figurative subjects that are part of his surroundings… that he can connect to on a personal level. Besides expanding his body of works, he also teaches 2D painting at Kathmandu University School of Arts.
Art Scene in Nepal
Although the art scene is not very conspicuous, we cannot say there is no buying art culture in Nepal. From what I have created and exhibited in Nepal, most of my paintings have been sold to Nepalis. Interestingly, at present, people are more interested in buying pieces that are different or something they have not seen before. Seeing people invest, I do think people value art here.
Can an artist in Nepal sustain only on his/her art?
The outcomes we get from our work can be unpredictable. But, it is enough to sustain a livelihood with my art.
Any artist whose work you would like to buy? And why?
If I could, I would love to collect Samundra Man Shrestha’s work. His works are of high quality and are mostly contemporary traditional paintings.
Since my painting process extends through a long period of time, I am planning to do an exhibition in two years.