Nepalese artist exhibits sculpture in America
MISSOURI - Netra Khattri, aged 27, a permanent resident of Baglung, currently residing in the United States, Missouri held an exhibition at Fontbonne University from April 7- April 20. Khattri, who is currently studying Masters of Arts in Sculpture at Fontbonne University. He describes himself as an aesthetic art lover and is contributing various artistic designs for his University. Khatri says “I want to make my country proud with several other designs that resemble my country in my work."
"Netra has a good taste of anatomy and sense of modern art," says David Newton, Assistant professor sculpture. The exhibition has managed to get the attention of the art lovers and it did well.
I was born and raised in Baglung, Nepal. From an early age, I became inspired by my Uncle and his Art and have always had an inclination in Art, Drawing, Sculpture and Carving. This single sentence sums up for me what it is to be an Artist, an individual who can immerse himself in an occupation that he loves doing. Although people can aspire to become Artists for various reasons, they may want to change the world, become commercially successful or make political statements, for me it’s a lot simpler, I simply enjoy creating Art through my Sculpture. I would be asked questions about what I had created and this would give me an opportunity to introduce them to the world of artistic expression and explain my view.
In fact, I had a dream of being an Artist since my childhood. After I graduated high school, in 2009 I joined Tribhuvan University at Lalitkala Campus of Fine Art. Through sheer hard work and excellent tutoring, I learnt to develop my own personal style. During one to one tutorials with my teachers, I had many opportunities to question and interpret the meanings of things which I did not understand. The course was structured around tutorials, group critiques, workshop and open-studio sessions where we were encouraged to negotiate our own particular approach to Fine Art through three areas of practice: Drawing, Sculpting, and Carving.
To me being an Artist is a lifestyle as well as a profession which suits me fine as my ambition is to become a professional Artist and to make a reasonable living from it. A formal academic qualification will provide me with a springboard into the world of contemporary practice. I know that any skills I acquire on a degree course will be truly transferable and will make me eminently employable in a number of fields.
Overall, I realised that I truly wanted to study Fine Art in a stimulating and nurturing environment where I will be encouraged to think openly and have confidence in opinions. I have taken the necessary steps to further my goals, and hope to be a fine artist.
Netra B Khatri