Tejaswini (Alpana Mittal)

"The medium I used to create these artworks is a toy for children, called fusion beads. And my art is inspired by a decorative art from India called Rangoli. I relate to Georgia O’Keeffe’s words, ”To create one’s own world takes courage.” Since I am creating a new world, it's meditative, spiritual."

Different Yet Together - Beads/Mixed media on canvas 20 x 16 in, $1,200

Tejaswini is an accomplished, award-winning and versatile artist working in multiple media. As her major focus, Tejaswini creates intricate pieces made with Perler beads on canvas. Her interest in this unique medium began in 2008, when she purchased an art kit, for her daughter. As her little girl created small birds and flowers using the beads in the kit, the artist started visualizing different patterns. She created whole series with these beads and titled it 'Dream Reflections.'

Tejaswini was very satisfied with her first project and wanted to explore it more. Since then she is creating art with them. She thinks that there is unlimited potential in this medium and she will explore this medium to its max. She feels that this work has a very meditative effect on her and on the viewer.

Her designs are inspired by Rangoli art from India and Tibetan Mandalas. These designs are created on the floor with colored powder during festivals, and they are removed when the festival is over. She wanted to preserve them after creating. She feels these beads are the perfect medium for this art, and their bright colors and texture add beauty to these designs.

Born into an art-loving family, Tejaswini was exposed to art and its appreciation from early childhood. She chose Fine Arts as her major and has an M.F.A. from CCS University, India. She also has an Arts Management diploma from New York University.

Tejaswini has displayed her artwork globally and has been widely acclaimed for her multifaceted style. Her traditional painting depicting “Krishna” was judged Best in Show by Hudson Artists on NJ at their 60th-anniversary Exhibition in 2013. She received an Outstanding Service award from Sing for Hope, NYC 2019, having painted a piano for the organization, titled “Basant Utsav”, which is based on one of the traditional Art styles of India called “Kangra style”.

She was a featured artist at The Flag Project RC 2022, by The Rockefeller Center, United Nations Environment Programme and The Climate Museum, NYC. In 2022, she is featured by India Book of Records as the very first artist who is using fusion beads as a medium to create art. Several of her art pieces are in private and public collections in Asia as well as North America.

Creating Waves - Beads/Mixed media on canvas 20 x 16 in., $1,200
Twinkling Stars - Beads/Mixed media on canvas 20 x 16 in., $1,200
Reflective Glory - Beads on canvas 20 x 16 in.
Joyous Tribute - Beads on canvas 20 x 16 in.
Plowed Fields - Mixed media/beads on canvas 16 x 20 in.
Cherry Blossom - Mixed media/beads on canvas 20 x 24 in.
Cultural Blend - Beads on canvas 24 x 18 in.
Fluttering Butterflies - Beads/Mixed media on canvas 20 x 16 in., $1,200
Diversity Unified - Beads/Mixed media on canvas 18 x 24 in., $1,500
Cross Roads - Beads on canvas 20 x 16 in.
Galactic Bliss - Beads on canvas 48 x 36 in.
Mystic Magic - Mixed media/beads on canvas 16 x 20 in.
Going Places - Mixed media/beads on canvas 16 x 20 in.
Om - The Meditation Mantra - Mixed media/beads on canvas 24 x 24 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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