I am Komal Madar, a professional artist living in West London, Hayes. I was born in the UK, to Indian Parents. My Mother was born in India (Delhi) and my Father was born in Kenya (Nairobi), and they both grew up in India.
My indian culture has always been an important part of my identity
especially whilst growing up. I was continuously exposed to colour, music, dance, food and festivals. Living near Southall (mini India), meant I was surrounded by lots of colours, wonderful fabrics and an Indian community.
Every Sunday my father would take me to the temple where I would have my Indian classical dance lessons (Kathak). I would wear bells around my ankles and dance to the beat of the Tabla. I was always an expressive child and loved the arts.
I can’t remember a time not painting. I would paint on the walls at home; collect objects so I could make something from them. I was also a collector of gemstones/ minerals, and stamps.
"Sometimes we are forced in to directions
we ought to have found ourselves."
Having a strong education background in Fine Art, I decided to complete a PGCE course, and qualify as an art teacher. I was coming to end of my first year of teaching when I was faced with the shocking news of my best friend having cancer. She passed away within 4 months of being told this devastating news which left me and many loved ones in a lot of pain.
I decided to take a break from my teaching job and packed my bags to go backpacking on my own around South East Asia. This was part of my healing journey which then paved the way to where I am today.
When I returned to the UK I made the decision to share my art with the world and have since been enjoying my artistic career and remembering the last words from my best friend "grab life with both hands."
My tattoo symbolises a new beginning and marks the journey of when I decided to start sharing my art with the world. It is rich with Hindu symbolism that is meaningful to me, and also plays an important part in my art practice and how I understand the world.
The Aum (Om) symbol is significant as it identifies the different states of consciousness. I try to bring this awareness to my own practice. It also offers me stillness and a reflective space as for me painting is a spiritual journey, and a continuous dialogue between the Artist and the Artwork.