Famed Indian designer Raghavendra Rathore told The Times of India over the weekend that the work of Johannes Vermeer helped to inspire him to explore the medium of art instead of fashion.
“Art to me is a reflection of our times. Every emotion and the rigid landscape of life inspire the need to express thoughts on canvas and everything depends on the impulse of the moment,” said Rathore in an interview.
Describing it as a “passion”, Rathore says that after his first artwork, he decided to study the methodology behind the painting techniques of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
Rathore began his fashion career at the Parsons School for Design in New York City and straight out of college, was hired by Donna Karen as an assistant designer for her sports wear collection. Rathore then went onto become the youngest designer at Oscar de la Renta in Paris.
Rathore’s new paintings will be shown during a four-day exhibition at the Emporio Mall in Indian then at the Ragini Arts for a week but this is not the first time the designers artwork was been on display, he first had an installation of early works in New York in the early 1990′s.