Bala Thiagarajan

Born and brought up in Chennai, India, I have a passion for colors and patterns that are inspired by the Indian culture. I love to explore texture in different mediums. Though most of my recent work has been with acrylics on canvas and upcycled wood, I began painting mostly on glass and unglazed earthenware about 15 years ago. I started showing my work in 2012 in Madison, WI. My recent works of henna-inspired designs, Mandalas and fractal-based Kolams are my attempt to capture the ephemeral nature of these everyday art forms onto more enduring surfaces. All of my work have textured lines done in the style of henna body art and my color palette reflects the colors of silk and cotton saris worn by women in South India. More recently, I have been working on combining my biology background and my love for math – fractals and geometry – in the works I create. I use part of the proceeds from the sale of my work to support community non-profits.