Raj Palan’s murals are playful and fantastical and contrast the stark, industrial aesthetic of Peenya. The murals personify industrial machinery as whimsical monsters, serving as a playful commentary on industrialization and development. The sheer scale of the images entices passers by to visit the station and make it their own. These images stitch existing structures on the building with his illustrations. The impact Raj’s visuals have and the sense of play and enjoyment they bring with them entices people and encourages them to interact and engage with the station.
An avid illustrator, Raj Palan finds his interests travelling across various different forms and media, from cartooning to character design to comics and graphic novels. Occasionally working with graphic design & typography as well, Raj’s work employs a bold and playful aesthetic, much like his illustrations. He has now begun venturing from sketchbook to walls, exploring the form of murals in public spaces. He finds the form liberating in that he is able to exercise creative control while still sharing his ideas in public. His work often deals with understanding elements that make up a context and personifying them in the form of playful creatures, monsters or people.
Raj’s project is centered on his practice of drawing and illustration. Being someone that usually preferred to stick to his sketchbook, Raj found the act of mural making to be liberating. The wall for him was a sketchbook of a different sort. Raj’s explorations in Peenya and the drawings that resulted began revolving around themes of industrialization, transportation and the contrasts between natural and industrial, rigid and playful, organic and inorganic. The piece was executed onsite over the course of a month, with its bright colours and playful forms attracting several interested people.