Drdha Vrata Gorrick is an artist who lives and works in Mayapur, India. Born and raised in the US and trained in the traditional arts in South India, Drdha brings the best of both worlds to his creative practice. His work infuses new life into devotional art by combining religious styles from different parts of India while staying within a Vedic tradition.
Drdha believes that the skills we receive are gifts from god and that we can use to elevate our consciousness. He strives to create art that surpasses the mundane and is aided by his extensive training in iconometry, iconography, traditional painting and architectural design, as well as skills in lost-wax casting and clay modeling. Drdha’s main source of inspiration is the timeless art and architecture that he experienced during his 15 years of travel and study around India. His commissions range from drawings, paintings and sculptures for homes and temples to managing temple construction projects. He is currently engaged on the “Temple of the Vedic Planetarium” in Mayapur.
In addition to his art projects, Drdha teaches art classes in Mayapur and hopes to share his knowledge with other enthusiasts through workshops, seminars and hands-on experimentation. As beautiful as his creations have been so far, Drdha feels that the ultimate success of his work is realized only when it invokes deep appreciation or devotion in the viewers.
Drdha’s interest in art sprouted at the early age of 7. He was drawn to the beautiful ‘Krishna Art’ paintings, depicting scenes from the Vedic epics like Mahabharat, Ramayan and Srimad Bhagavatam.
At 15 he was invited to India as an apprentice with the ‘Glory of India Experience’ project in Delhi and also studied in Vrindavan under the guidance of accomplished ISKCON artists; Bhaktisiddhanta das, Ramdas Abhiram das and Dhriti dasi.
After enrolling in Art College in the US for two years and feeling discouraged with the modern art techniques and lack of spiritual context, Drdha was determined to return to India and seek out a traditional arts master. His journey landed him in a south indian coastal town near Chennai renowned for its monolithic granite stone monuments and enduring heritage of artists and teachers.
His first teacher was Mr. G. Thirugnanam, a retired lecturer at the College of Sculpture and Architecture, who trained Drdha in in the principles of traditional iconography, iconometry and painting according to Shilpa Shastras (ancient canons on arts and architecture).
With this acquired knowledge, he proceeded to train under Mr. K.Rajendran, who taught him the techniques of sculpting deities as per the lost-wax process. Additionally he learned to sculpt with clay, plaster and fiberglass.
Drdha’s training over the course of 4 years, gave him the opportunity to experience the tutelage of various masters while learning the skills of traditional drawing, painting, and sculpture.