My art reflects a combination of -isms for simultaneous depiction of reality and subconscious, fighting aggressively for viewer’s attention. For example, combining Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism, and Op Art in a painting (e.g. the painting Earth flying flag and an endless journey); or Combining Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Color Fields (e.g. Clouds and the City series). The series combines the chaotic Abstract Expressionistic clouds/unknown-sky, with the known predictability of the city rendered through simplistic, structured Minimalism and geometric Abstraction.
The latest series (Pasacana Cactus in Indus Valley Civilization Pot) explores juxtaposition of opposites. It seeks to investigate the visual and subconscious effect of combining the ancient and the contemporary, ordinary and the surreal, illusory and the real, minimal and the maximal within the same visual window. This necessitates the manipulation of the focal point – within the entire peripheral field of vision – which keeps moving. To achieve this effect, this series uses a combination of Minimalism, Op Art, Surrealism, Color Field, Ancient art and Printmaking. The resultant antipodes – chaos and order, or solid forms beside busy lines – are part and parcel of the composition.
Any subject can be depicted with these combinative principles, including landscape, figurative and still life. Op art and other illusions have a strong presence in my compositions. I explore peripheral vision movements and controlling of eye-focus through these compositions. Patterns are also depicted intricately to govern the eye, as well as vivid colors. A lot of the unusual color combinations come from my dreams and visions.
I extrapolate my compositions to include other perspectives beyond a human eye and mind. For example, would a bird see an object in the same way as humans? For such depictions, my combination style is crucial as it embeds parallel views. The peacock painting (Peahen’s perspective of a peacock) is an example.
Sometimes, instead of highlighting all, a composition masks certain views. For example, in the Runway series, the human form is blurred and only the glamour is brought to the forefront.
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