Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
Young artists are repeatedly proving it right by extending the spectrum of art far beyond established conventions. From street walls to taxis to coffee mugs, these new age artists are redefining their canvas.
Wajid Khan is famous for his ‘Iron Nail Art’ wherein he uses thousands of nails to create art on an acrylic sheet. The nails give an embossed feel to the artwork creating a 3D effect. While his art piece took three years to complete, he is now able to finish a piece within 6 months. He has recently created an artwork using spare automobile parts which shows a horse racing with its jockey. He holds a patent in nail art and has his innovation mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records, Limca Book of Records and Asia Book of Records.
Rupesh Patric’s chief medium of art is charcoal. A self-taught artist, he weaves stories through his series of sketches aptly titled ‘Charcoal Tales.’His annual calendar consisting of his sketches was published in 2012 and sold 2500 copies in the first month of the distribution. He has also made a sketch of Bill Gates in 2005 which was presented to him when he visited India that year.
Devajyoti Ray is one of the most accomplished modern Indian painters who practices pseudorealism technique of art. His art involves unconventional colours and abstract shapes and images. He largely uses acrylic and oil paints but has also used water colours and mixed media for experimental pieces. His work has been displayed at several exhibitions in India and abroad.
Krsna Mehta is a Mumbai based artist and product designer. His work mainly centres around representation of Indian culture and lifestyle in vibrant colours, patterns and shapes. He believes that art should not be restricted to a gallery. And started India Circus, a home décor and personal accessories brand with designs based on the heritage of our country. He has been awarded the Elle Deco International Design Award not once but thrice.
Aditi Dash is a visual artist and a graphic designer. Her psychedelic designs include geometric shapes in bright, contrasting colours. The visuals are strong and detailed. She recreated Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ in the Indian context for ELLE India. Her art work also adorns one of Mumbai’s kaali-peeli as a part of the Taxi Fabric initiative.
Harshvardhan Kadam loves telling stories based on mythology. Characters come alive in the several graphic novels and children’s books he has illustrated. With a fascination for street art he has worked with the Pune Street Art Project and transformed the city walls into pieces of art. He has also worked as the Art Director for several animation and live action films.