Bala Thiagarajan

: Indian Inspired Textured Paintings

Artist Overview

Born and brought up in Chennai, India, I have a passion for colors and patterns that are inspired by the Indian culture. I started my art career when I combined the techniques of henna body art, kolams & rangolis, to create free-hand textured paintings in 2010 and began exhibiting them in 2012.

I use small piping bags & squeeze bottles to form dots & lines with acrylic paints on canvas. My works of henna-inspired designs - mandalas, florals, animals & abstracts are my attempt to capture the ephemeral nature of everyday art forms onto more enduring surfaces.

I paint intuitively and the symmetry of the paintings comes from a meditative practice of organic repetition, with the finished pieces full of rhythm and color. Though my paintings are painted freehand, my background in mathematics & drawing kolams provide the structure for my artwork. I challenge myself to create mandalas / florals with varying vortices alluding to the complexity of their geometric construction.

The intense repetition of pattern in my paintings captures the attention of the viewers while simultaneously creating an excitement to explore more of the texture and geometry. My paintings are harmonious in their patterns, uplifting and engaging with their vibrant colors and open to individual interpretation & discovery by the viewers.

Special Pandemic Services

I have opened a mini-gallery in my backyard in Midlothian, TX called the Garden Gallery. All my works are on display and available for sale in a socially distanced setting. I am also hoping to add a few more artists to the Gallery.

Zoom presentations and FB live tours of the gallery, closer look at my paintings and a demonstration of my unique painting technique of using piping bags and squeeze bottles to create textured dots and lines.

Artist Bio & Experience

Self-taught artist, working on Indian inspired acrylic paintings that are textured in the style of henna body art. I combine my love for ephemeral art forms, biology and fractal geometry in creating one of a kind Mandalas and organic paintings. Artworks are in Private Collections in USA, India, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica.


Addison Artists Guild, IL (2018) - First Place

Addison Artists Guild, IL (2017) - Best in Show

East Lansing Art Festival, MI (2016) - Award of Excellence

Art Fair, Park Ridge Art League, IL (2014) - Best in Show

Wisconsin Regional Art Program - Madison, WI (2013) - State Exhibit Award

Trees Exhibit, Elk Grove Village Public Library (2014) - Honorable Mention

WRAP - Whitewater, WI & Richland Center, WI (2013) - Honorable Mentions


Meditative Mandalas, A Hand Drawn Coloring Book, ISBN: 978-1979988605

Selected Shows  2015 - 2019

Gallery & Solo Shows

McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL (Fall 2019)

Taubman Gallery North, University of Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI (2019)

Art Center of Burlington, Burlington, IA (2019)

Fleeting Fragrances, West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park (Feb 2018) *OPAL

Garden Dreams, Prairie Title, Oak Park (Dec 2017 - Feb 2018) *OPAL

Dots & Lines, Addison Artists Guild, Addison, IL (Feb - Mar 2017)

Rising Colors, Side Street Studios, Elgin, IL (Nov - Dec 2015)

Recent Art Fairs

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, Fort Worth, TX (2019)

One of a Kind Holiday Show, Chicago, IL (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA (2018)

Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH (2017, 2018)

Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI (2016, 2017, 2018)

Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN (2017, 2018)

Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI (2016, 2017, 2018)

57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL (2016, 2017, 2018)


Artistic Services I can provide

Painting workshops in my Gallery and other venues - particular focus on meditative mandalas & art.

Lectures and demonstrations on Indian art forms.

Presentations and demonstrations on my unique style of painting by piping acrylic paint to create textured dots and lines.

Creating a site-specific / Interactive floor installation of a rangoli based mandala painting (done with colored rice floor, chalk and sand).

Private Henna events.


Artist Portfolio

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