Tuesday, February 28, 2012

aPaulogy ~ Curious Illustration

I met Priya Sebastian for a cup of chai few days back.
She suggested we drop by at this quaint place at the edge of Richard's Park in Richard's Town, which houses the work of Bangalore-based illustrator Paul Fernandes.
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Not knowing what to expect I just followed her obediently into this space, habitually taking out my camera while she exchanged pleasantries with Mona and Jatin of aPaulogy~ Curious Illustration.

As I looked around this colourful space, I was at once enveloped in a multi-hued world of water colours!
What followed was an hour of surfing the waves of sheer nostalgia of the years spent in the beautiful Cantonment area of Bangalore.
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Paul Fernandes' illustrations are an ode to this charming part of Bangalore. Light-hearted, funny depiction of scenes from the days gone by~ the 70's, his memories and experiences and of friends and families.

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He's work has captured some grand landmarks of the area, which conjures up numerous memories in people who have lived here. The work is also a satirical take on these fast disappearing heritage buildings and structures.

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The charming Mona taking us on a trip down memory-lane. She narrated such delightful little stories associated with each illustration and also some very interesting piece of information.

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Thom's Cafe, a landmark building on Wheeler's Road! I have such fond memories of picking up their warm, fresh out of the oven bread, you drop a blob of butter on it and it would melt:-)

Mona tells us that, in 'those days' it was the only cafe in the Cantonment area which had a Jukebox and they played some lovely music.

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His gallery is peppered with vintage furniture, collectibles and memorabilia's that are remnants of the old Bangalorean charm.

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Paul is a collector of miniature vintage cars...

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An old framed photograph.

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Miniature cars glide on window sills and on tables...

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Paul has captured some beautiful heritage houses, which are fast disappearing.

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This illustration depicts the sincere policemen of yesteryears checking for lit oil lamps on the cycles. There is an antique lamp placed next to the artwork, which almost brings the scene alive!

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Priya and Mona engrossed in one of the illustrations depicting a scene of a pre-wedding Mangalorean party.

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What a fabulous treat it was to the senses, we walked out feeling like one of the characters that Paul Fernandes so beautifully brought to life, from another era.

A little melancholy lingered in my heart thinking about the heritage buildings, that filled us with so many happy memories, were slowly disappearing giving way to huge concrete structures.

Presently Paul Fernandes walks the various mains and streets trying to paint the other remarkable landmarks of Namma Bengaluru!

Kudos Paul Fernandes!

(images by Arch)

20 comments:

Ankush Samant said...

fabulous post. I was imagining some of those places in real life! :)

Paaka Shaale said...

I had never heard of apaulogy before. I would love to visit this gallery the next time I am in Bangalore. Thanks for sharing this info :)

Sudhakar D said...

Wonderful series of photos

notyet100 said...

This post made me nostalgic,I am missing lore now,

My Palace Walk said...

Quaint & modern...........just like Bangalore.
Lovely place, lovely post!

Material Girl said...

lovely illustrations! lucky you :D

Ambika said...

What a lovely place, would love to visit this slice of heritage. Thanks for sharing!

Bhavna said...

Fabulous fabulous post Arch! Are the art works up for sale too?

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks everyone:-)

Bhavna~ They have prints of these illustrations for sale:-)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wonderful post. Really enjoyed it.

Priya said...

just brought back memories of my childhood at my grandparents home in that part of bangalore. does'nt feel so far way from california!

Priya said...

just brought back memories of my childhood at my grandparents home in that part of bangalore. does'nt feel so far way from california!

Sangeetha said...

Thanks for sharing this Arch,Nostalgic, would love to have once of those paintings esp of the Frazer town bridge which i used to pass by :)

soupi said...

such a cool post! I loved all the pics as well as illustrations, thank u for taking us there

brinda nilesh said...

i was filled with nostalgia when i saw these illustrtions!!have lived in b'lore (near the cant. area) for a few yrs.and the fraser town bridge image brought back all the memories!!
thanx for sharing!

juhi said...

Great post! Are the illustrations available for sale online?
Juhi

Anonymous said...

What fantastic art work! thanks for sharing this info. And, loving your blog..you have shared some amazing stuff here.
Thanks!
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Prachee said...

These are just brilliant!

bird's eye view said...

Lovely illustrations, would love to go see them next time I'm in Bangalore

Kittu said...

I used to live in this area for almost a decade. It had already started changing then. These are fabulous. Now aPaulogy is on my list of must visit locations in Bangalore.