Bangalore’s Cartoonist Paul FernandesBy kamla bhatt • May 4th, 2012
Category: Bangalore, Books and Authors, Featured, India, People, Video
Meet Bangalore’s cartoonist Paul Fernandes, who found that he could not stay away from the city even if he wanted to. There is something about this “city of pubs,” “pensioner’s paradise,” “garden city” that keeps him grounded and happy. It is the many moods of that happy, delightful and lazy charm of an old Bangalore that infuses his cartoons and illustrations (video link).
Born and brought up in the cantonment area of Bangalore, Paul is happiest when he is driving around the neighborhood in his familiar bike. These trips let him soak in the old charms of Bangalore and notice those tiny details about life and people, which he then files away carefully in his cupboard of memories. When the time is right he sorts through his cupboard of memories and highlights them in his work. Embedded in his work are Bangalore icons like monkeytop houses, BVR, Koshys, Plaza Cinema, St. Joseph’s (his alma mater), Commercial Street and Taj Westend. Dogs, cars and bikes are a constant and recurring leitmotif in his works.
PG Wodehouse meets Mario Miranda is the thought that flashes through your mind when you look at the series of happy and humorous illustrations in his gallery aPaoulogy. His work is a homage to a “swinging Bangalore” of the 1970s and it captures a city that no longer exists except in the minds and works of old Bangaloreans like Paul.
After working in the advertisement industry for years Paul hung up his hat and is now focussed on running his gallery Apaulogy.