Drdha Vrata is one of the most talented and sought-after Vedic iconographic artists. His vision and skill from an early age have matured into a prolific body of work, which is now poised to include this expansive project.
See him at work in this short video, and check out his website at http://www.drdhaarts.com to see more.
Drdha Vrata Gorrick was born in the US, and since the age of 7 has cultivated his strong and sincere appreciation for the arts.
At 15 he was invited to India as an apprentice with the "Glory of India Experience" at the ISKCON Delhi temple, and also studied in Vrindavan under the guidance of accomplished artists Ramdas Abhiram and his wife, Dhriti.
Drdha then enrolled in art college in the US for two years, after which he returned to India to study arts in the South Indian tradition in Mahabalipuram, a town in Chennai famous for its monolithic stone monuments and its enduring heritage of artists and teachers.
His first teacher was Mr. G. Thirugnanam, a retired lecturer at the College of Sculpture and Architecture, who taught Drdha the principles of traditional iconography, iconometry and painting according to Shilpa Shastras (ancient canons on arts and architecture).
He later learned from Mr. K.Rajendran, who taught him the techniques of sculpting deities as per the lost-wax method along with sculpting with clay, plaster and fiberglass.
He stayed for a total of 4 years, giving him the opportunity to experience the tutelage of various Masters and learning the skills of traditional drawing, painting, and sculpture.
He now lives in Mayapur, West Bengal, with his wife, Gandharvika, where he is working on designing a temple and deities and teaching the local children the techniques he learned in South India to practice what he has learned and present its value to others.
Things he is currently working on:
• Simantini Devi project involving design and supervising of deity of Parvati Devi made of marble in Jaipur, Deity of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu of Neem wood in Bankura and temple and terracotta artwork to be clad over the full temple.
• Large size drawing of 9 Narasimhas of Ahobhilam superimposed on a gopuram and jungle scenery background (first of its kind).
• Teaching 12-15 students the traditional techniques he acquired.
• Illustrations for book entitled ‘Illustrated guide to the Vedic Universe’.
• Paintings of 9 Vedic planets.
• and much more….