Are you tired? If not, listening to everything Vancouver based artist Sandeep Johal is doing might make you wanna take a nap! Murals, residencies, installations, solo shows… oh, and she also has a 6 year old son. Told ya. This busy, full-time artist went to university for… biology? Yep. She refers to her twenties as ‘the lost years’, but as you can see, she is now very much found! Listen right up there under Sandeep beside one of her murals, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
So, where should we even start? Well, let’s jump in with just the tiniest peek at a few of Sandeep’s murals:
So fantastic, and seriously, there are a lot more where these came from. Keep an eye on her Instagram feed, because there is always a new wall being prepped!
Alright, let’s take a step back to the work Sandeep was just starting when I met her. Here are just a few of Sandeep’s very emotional “Rest In Power” goddesses:
The piece in the middle is Natsumi Kogawa, the Japanese woman Sandeep mentioned. It’s so horrific that this series could go on and on and on. Hopefully their stories will be heard, and justice will prevail.
That’s not an easy topic to segue from, but there is more work to show you. Here are a few of Sandeep’s ‘beast’ collages:
Yes, this is exactly what we were talking about! Different mediums, but still very much Sandeep’s style. FYI, these pieces are currently available through @vanartrental … just sayin’.
Custom wallpaper, too!? Love. If you’re anywhere near Vancouver between now and mid December, get yourself over to the Surrey Art Gallery to see this show in person… So. Many. Details!
Let’s wrap things up with a little ‘how it started / how it’s going’ combo, shall we:
Oh hell yes! From a birthday girl at McDonald’s to a MAMA BEAST! Thank you so much to Sandeep for taking the time to tell us all of her stories; thanks to Storyblocks for supporting the episode, and great big thanks to YOU for listening. I’ll be back with a new episode of ART FOR YOUR EAR in two weeks.
- Sandeep on Instagram
- Sandeep’s website
- “What If” / Surrey (BC) Art Gallery until Dec. 11
- “Beast of Burden” / BAF Residency
- Thrive (Founder Jamie Smith)
- Pennylane Shen, Artist Consultant
- Sara Khan, Artist
- Crissy Arseneau, Artist
- Vancouver Mural Festival
- VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery) Art Rental & Sales