Arunkumar’s use of readymade objects such as toys, plastic, ceramics, cow dung, hay, and TV monitors gives us a glimpse of his susceptibility towards the neo-pop movement. His toy-like, yet intricate sculptural works often convey a simple message. Sometimes, however, Arunkumar switches the dynamics of this relationship, creating works that physically appear basic, but convey a complex message quite contrary to their appearance.
Dhananjay Singh is known for experimenting with the technique, which led to the establishment of his own unique sculptural practice involving building figures out of intricately twined bronze and copper wires. Singh also successfully translated the fragility of this technique to his drawings and watercolors, in which human figures composed of complex networks of tendrils float mysteriously across the surface.
Through his career, Iranna has worked with many forms of art, painting, sculpture, and videos. Most recently ash has had a substantial presence in his work. The presence or essence of ash implies both an artistic as well as a conceptual engagement. This is not just a sudden addition into his oeuvre, but an organic extension of his predilection towards tactility of his mediums on a scale that is larger than life.
As a young artist, Himmat Shah learned avidly from N.S. Bendre in whom he saw the image of a modern artist, and from K.G. Subramanyan whose quest for language and appraisal of folk art stimulated him. He has been known for working on relief in plaster in a series called silver paintings and soon sculptures - in terracotta as well as bronze. Even today, he continues to extend his search for his own medium and craft, pushing boundaries in sculpture as well as drawing, out of his studio in Jaipur, established in the year 2000.
Jagannath Panda is a contemporary Indian painter and sculptor who creates intricate art that reconciles the mythical and technological. He has exhibited his work at galleries and museums in Mumbai, London, New Delhi, Tokyo, and Berlin. His work reflects on India’s transition to an era of intense urbanization. In his work he records the tensions brought about by social change, often humanizing animals to become actors in his ambiguous worlds which hover between reality, metaphor and dream.
A largely self-taught artist, Khanna delved into figurative work instead of exploring abstraction, like most of his contemporaries. His work captures moments in history, much like photographs do, but the technique is far from photo-realist. Khanna transfers his observations onto the canvas with spontaneity and exuberance, keeping the representational elements of his subject matter intact. The artist’s use of color and his expressionist brushwork make the mundane rise to the challenge of the creative.
Ompal Sansanwal is a Kolkata born artist, who’s works are easily identified by the convoluted labyrinth-like maze of colors through which he depicts his larger themes. The figurative elements of his depictions merge effortlessly into the soft curves and lines of their geometric backgrounds, accentuating the intertwining of nature and the being, and provoking viewers to unravel their stories.
PHANEENDRA NATH CHATURVEDI
Phaneendra Nath Chaturvedi unapologetically unmasks the men and women he draws in his large-format works to reveal the grotesque, robotic creatures he believes they really are. His anthropomorphic beings focus attention on the artificiality of beautiful appearances and the corruption that he believes has found its way into every aspect of contemporary human existence and interaction. Describing himself as a painter true to his ideology and perception, Chaturvedi accepts that his work is provocative, stark and ‘brutally honest’.
Kaleka’s paintings are almost surrealist in their treatment of scenes from everyday life. The lines are suggested, rather than sharply traced, and the colors almost deliberately restrained. Kaleka’s interest in cinema also led to the advent of his video art, where he explores the effects of combining the physicality of the painted image with an image made out of light. The result is a ‘sort of hyper image’, which achieves an intensity and subtlety of color, and imbues the static with a sense of movement through the superimposition of sound.
Thota Vaikuntam hails from Andhra Pradesh and finds his inspiration in the rural areas of the state. Men and women of his village are often the central characters of his work; Telangana women, in particular. The obsession can be traced back to his childhood, when he used to be fascinated by the male artists who used to impersonate female characters in the travelling theatre groups that performed in his village. He admits finding the women of his village very sensuous and that he only attempts to capture their vibrancy.
ANUSHREE GUPTA & ANANT AGGARWAL
Anushree Jain and self-taught artist Anant Aggarwal are collaborating to present a unique work for BlackCube. According to Anushree, each color possesses its own strength and vitality, and through its vibrancy, the deepest emotional attachment can be easily communicated. For Anant, art is an expression of emotions, life, social issues, and creativity. Having an artistic bent, he has been displaying his creativity on canvas and paper since he was 11.
The scion of the famous Kanhai legacy, Arjun Kanhai carries the genes of art within him. Creating a niche for himself, this young contemporary artist mirrors social issues through vibrant expressions on canvas. Under the tutelage of his father, Krishn Kanhai, recipient of the highest civilian award - Padma Shri Award, Arjun has grown as an independent artist whose work has impressed many Bollywood celebrities and political personalities.
Bahaar's work resonates with her personality: vibrant, warm and full of energy. She constantly experiments and paints a lot from the visuals & epiphanies from her dreams, real-life case studies & experiences. An important part of her work, is transfiguration of the perceived form, almost like deconstruction and abstract expressionism. She indulges in different mediums including metal, wood and found objects to give a structural effect and show fluidity and flow of energy.
Sahaya regards the act of painting as a strengthening of an inner voice with an inner landscape; birthing a mysterious mindscape where animals are humanoids and humans are hybrids. Rocks, corals, candy, rubies, and fungi are all friends that coexist in one surrealist environment. Her works are layered with emotional intensity and psychological concepts that come alive with the help of a rich visual vocabulary. Invested in the visual aesthetics of movement, harmony and textures, you can lose or find yourself in her paintings.
Tarini Sethi is a Fine artist and curator based in New Delhi. Sethi's style of work consists of mostly analog drawings and sculptures and explores the themes of human intimacy and discomfort. Her figures, usually either sparsely dressed or nude, show the importance of our body as a weapon and bring forth subjects like body positivity and female empowerment. For the last 3 years, she has also been curating art shows for the Independent art scene in India and is the co-founder of the Irregulars Art Fair, India's first anti-art fair.
UBIK’s practice concerns with the deliberation of texts,images, objects and environments. His work often oscillates between various spheres of the art making process. UBIK observes the possibility of constructing a narrative wherein the aesthetics bear resemblance to situations whose occurrences are mostly rooted within societal matters that concern our contemporary existence. He lives and works in New Delhi, India.