A Sky Full of Stars

by Bakula Nayak
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Size: 22 x 16 inches (Framed)
Medium: Mixed Media on Vintage Paper
Year: Made on Paper from 1955


Love starts with the self, then includes your other half, becomes a family and then eventually extends to the world around us. Love makes you a compassionate person, one that cares for beings other than those in your immediate circle. The purest, most selfless love we can have, is for the earth and the other beings in it. The kind of love that leaves behind a better world for generations to come.

Drawn on sheets from a vintage colouring book by Ford, this painting is inspired by the life of Edsel & Eleanor Ford - people who cared for the environment and were philanthropic in leaving a lot of their home and gardens for the public to enjoy. It’s meant to inspire us to reconsider the way things have been done, because we can’t afford not to anymore. We can make a new normal and now is the time. This painting is a reminder of how beautiful our earth is and why we need to save it.

  • ABOUT Bakula Nayak

    A self-confessed stubborn romantic, Bakula Nayak noses out the magic stifled in the everyday, and elevates the mundane into something bright, dreamy and unique through her art.

    With an undergraduate degree in architecture and an MS in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, Manhattan, Bakula began her career at a fragrance house in New York. Following this, she pulled a long stint in retail package design with global brands such as L’oreal, Mikasa and Ralph Lauren, before moving back to her hometown in Bangalore.

    Bakula’s passion for collecting vintage paper, fused with her love for imagining the life stories of people who owned them, translates into tangible works of art. She breathes new life into the now forgotten pieces of beauty by illustrating on them. Gorgeously aged vintage papers form the perfect canvas to interpret the realities of Bakula’s world. Her remarkable pen and ink drawings and illustrations, jam-packed with funny, delightful and eccentric characters – hatted birds, diving penguins, fish with pirate eye-patches, sleeping cats, and dancing flamingos – are both vintage and contemporary, new and old, timeless and unique.

    An unfinished inventory of her daydreaming and her love affair with all things vintage - her work reflects her longing for romance, aesthetics, poetry and seduction in everything. In her latest series, Bakula Nayak pays tribute to love in all its forms – not just romantic love, but the love of parents, love for things, her own love for tea, love for the family, friends, the earth, gardens and more. She also taken inspiration from the ancient Indian poet Kalidasa’s poem about love, Ritusamhara, interpreting the love between newly married lovers across different seasons in the year.

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