Published: 01st July 2020
This analyst has also painted some of the most artsy and happening walls in Hyderabad. Check it out
Ruchit Jain has painted many walls with beautiful artwork and is arguably one of the best street wall artists in the city. We explore his back story and find out what keeps the artist motivated always
The 52 ft x 8 ft mural at Ascendas IT Park, the wonderful artwork at some of Hyderabad's happening hangouts like Karma, By The Bottle, Zehn on 10 - Ruchit Jain is the artist behind these wonderful murals and many more. In the last three years, he has done over 100 murals while also working full-time as an Audit Analyst with Deloitte. Without a doubt, he is one of the frontrunners when it comes to wall artists in Hyderabad. The 27-year-old, who is a natural talent, graduated to becoming a wall artist upon insistence by his friends. In fact, it was a friend who bagged him his first project - a kids' room at DRS International School which he filled with the characters from The Jungle Book. This was in 2016. A year before that, Ruchit started his Instagram page Abused Ink, again after being encouraged by friends, and used to do commissioned pieces (portraits were his speciality).
At work | (Pic: Abused Ink)
Ruchit, a self-taught artist who pursued a degree in BCom from Bhavan's Vivekananda College, explains the process, "I am first approached by a client and they give me a brief. After checking out the site, I share a few design options and get right to work." Once he begins the actual artwork, it usually takes him under ten hours to finish (a medium-sized wall). Ruchit, who is particularly partial to the style of graffiti, says, "I have joined hands with Maria Dass, a budding artist I met during one of my projects in the past year. Things were getting really hectic and I am so glad that we are in this together now," sounding rather grateful.
Ruchit with his artwork | (Pic: Abused Ink)
Over the past few years, Ruchit has lent life to the walls of offices, apartments, gymnasiums and even eateries in Vijayawada and Chennai. But is he planning to make a career out his passion, we wonder. "As a wall artist, my projects are not always consistent, so for now, I want to continue this as a hobby," says Ruchit who works on his art only over the weekends. Since the lockdown, the projects have dwindled so now, he is experimenting with painting on shoes, AirPods cases and so on.
Some more of his work
For more on him, check out instagram.com/abused_ink_