Yves Klein, an artist who dedicated his life to exploring the colour blue, and even invented a hue called International Klein Blue, said about the colour: “Blue has no dimensions; it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not… All colours arouse specific associative ideas… while blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.”
Gool is inspired by the colour blue in a similar way, particularly the deep blue of the ocean. She travels to Alibaug ever weekend, and the weekly boat crossing from Mumbai has made the sea a part of her soul. She is inspired by artists like David Hockney who use the element of water extensively in their work, as well as subject matter relating to water, like sailing boats, diving boards, and even playful objects like inflatable rings.
She has painted a number of pieces, all relating to water, but expressed using different scenes and styles; looking at her artwork all together transports you to a summer day by the seaside- the varied blues and the mesmerising ripples creating an almost meditative state of mind.
“I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot and that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times even.” said Claude Monet. Here’s to Gool and her journey to understand her love of water through her painting.