The limited-edition sink ‘Quila’ is adorned with an intricate painting that Jai Prakash has created exclusively for Kohler. Here, art blends seamlessly with utility, rendering a functional object that effortlessly doubles up as a work of art.
100 units of Quila will be manufactured as a part of limited edition of Kohler Artist edition while Quila Vana will continue to graciously curate your bathrooms.
Padma Shri Jai Prakash
Padma Shri Jai Prakash Lakhiwal is one of the most renowned miniaturists of India who has made immense contribution in preserving and propagating the rich heritage of miniature art.
Inspired by his father Mr. Maliram Lakhiwal who picked up painting as a hobby while working as a full-time loco pilot with Indian Railways, Jaiprakash is a self-taught artist. Starting to paint at the age of six, he learnt the intricacies from Ustad Feroz whose forefathers were painters in the Mughal court. Over next 18 years, he mastered the unique styles of multiple schools (gharanas) of miniature painting. His favorite styles of miniature paintings are Kota, Kangra and the British Era (Company Style) in India.
His paintings have been presented to world dignitaries. He has travelled to over 30 countries showcasing miniature art and holding workshops. He also hand paints for a high-end Japanese Kimono brand.
Magic of Miniature Art
The world of Miniature Paintings is a kaleidoscope of history, scriptures and the lives of people through the ages. These manuscript illustrations royal lifestyles – courtrooms, battles, hunting scenes and a life of leisure from different dynasties since 12th Century. Hindu mythology was a major source of inspiration for the painters from Rajasthan who received patronage from Rajput princedoms.
Miniature paintings are like music to be savoured slowly – at a distance beautiful and on closer examination phenomenal. It is the extremely fine brushwork that is unique to this style, so much so that the detailing is visible only through a magnifying lens. The painting uses natural mineral colours , sometimes even gold and silver, fine handmade brushes for the very intricate detailing and even specially made paper -Vasli, lending it brilliance and smoothness.
The artist in this case, has been inspired by the styles of the Kota (Rajasthan) and Kangra (Pahari) region. Landscapes in the Kangra style abound with vast and varied foliage using multiple shades of green, hillocks and gushing rivulets in tune with nature.