In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Khushi Chauhan is an Indian artist known for her realistic and colourful graphite and watercolor illustrations. Her artwork is influenced by diversity and what she sees in people and nature. When Khushi is not drawing, she enjoys listening to her favorite music. Khushi’s motto is that “everyone makes mistakes, don’t be too harsh on yourself”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“I‘d love to share my art with people and seek inspiration from other artists as well”
What is your creative process?
Khushi: I always get inspired with something new or something that I’ve never tried before. I like challenges. I get attracted by imperfections in both nature and human beings and I try to enhance them in my art.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Khushi: My favourite piece so far is “Kiss”. It is a kind of double exposure graphite sketch. It is a sketch of a boy/man remembering the romantic moment with his beloved who is no longer with him. I remember the urge to do something new. I wanted to draw something related to love and hurt, as I had never experienced it myself. I made it after my exams. I started it in my house in the city but I had to go and visit my grandparents so I took the unfinished piece with me and completed it in my grandparent’s house. It was the only time when I was satisfied with my art. It looked beautiful. The artwork received so much love. It made me so happy.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Khushi: I want to travel to so many places, Venice is on the top list.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Khushi: I like many Instagram artworks. But if I talk about classical paintings, then “The Creation of Adam” and “The Birth of Venus” are some of my favourites.
What do you listen to while you work?
Khushi: My favourite bands are Twenty One Pilots and The Neighbourhood. I absolutely love vintage music. I also like to listen to instrumental music when making art.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Khushi: Because I’d love to share my art with people and seek inspiration from other artists as well.