Nepal, Oct. 27 -- Gaurab Thakali's artwork is alive. The vibrant colours pulsate, as if breathing, and his fluid strokes undulate, as if constantly moving. Each piece of art has a distinctive palate, full of lush blues, vivid purples, deep greens and flamboyant yellows-all bold, solid, contrasting hues. But there's something rough and tumble about his art, the ends are not neat, the lines are not perfect. There's a coarseness to his work, like an old blues singer's scratchy vocals, tempered over the years by booze and cigarettes.

"The style and aesthetic of my work is of course very colourful. I subconsciously seem to have a set colour palette that I use which brings continuity to my style," says Thakali. "Part of the reason other people...