Category: Art

Riveting Ruralscape

West Bengal based artist Dipanwita Biswas grew up watching her grandmother making elaborate embroidery design with colourful threads on every possible household item, this probably was the start to her quest with art. After facing a lot of hurdles, Dipanwita finally managed to join the Government College of Art and Craft to study Applied Art.…

Compassionate Storytelling

Bangalore-based award winning artist Ryan Lobo uses photography, film making and writing to tell stories. In 2009 Ryan spoke at the TED conference in India to a standing ovation about the power of storytelling. Ryan recently worked on a film project “The Redemption of General Butt Naked” completed in 2010 about an African warlord’s search…

Firangi Rang Barangi

Toronto-based Visual Artist Meera Sethi loves bright acrylic paints, pencils, fineliners, graphic design,  photography, textiles and interiors. Taking elements from her life, her work reflects aspects from the  North American and Indian culture. Meera’s work is full of minute details, lush colours, geometric abstractions and minimalist clarity. Here are few of her colourful paintings from…

Bright, Bold Colours and Colliding Patterns

Award winning illustrator Jessica Singh was born in Australia to an Indian father and an American mother. She has been drawing since a very young age and moved to London to study illustration at the Central Saint Martins College of Art. Jessica has won awards with Kit Cosmetics and Graniph, Japan and worked for clients like MTV…

Turning the familiar on its head

Freelance illustrator Chetan Kumar has been drawing since a very early age, and always knew it was something he was going to pursue as a career. Inspired by his various travels and mainly the urban landscapes his illustrations have a sense of playfulness in them. ”Turning the familiar on its head” as he says. Chetan’s…

Miniature Revival

Known as the Singh Twins, London born twin sisters Amrit and Rabindra Singh’s award-winning paintings have been acknowledged for initiating a new movement in the revival of the Indian miniature tradition within modern art practices. Their paintings are part of many private and public collections worldwide. Their work has been incorporated into Britain’s formal education…

Intense Expressions

New York based artist Schandra Singh uses the medium of oil and gouache to talk about shared social and political realities. A Yale MFA graduate, she has been featured in many international exhibitions. In 2008, she held a solo show with Galerie Bertrand & Gruner in Geneva, Switzerland. Schandra was included in MoCA Shanghai’s “India…

Travel Flip Flops

Bangalore-based Graphic Designer cum illustrator, Jayesh Sivan loves to fill his surroundings with art. A fine arts graduate from College of Fine Arts Trivandrum, Jayesh’s work is handpainted and defined by the use of bright and rich colours heavily inspired by traditional Indian art. As a designer he blends artistic sensibility with new age graphic styles to create unique and…

Stealing Moments

A software engineer by profession Ashu Mittal is also an avid photographer. She started photography as a medium of creative expression only a couple of years ago but there has been no looking back ever since. One of her photographs was picked for Boston Globe’s photo-blog – Big Picture and her Flickr stream was picked…

Creatures of the Comic Book World

Swapnil Singh was crazy about cartoons and comic books since he was a child, but he did not think he would make it his profession untill after his college years. He started working as a freelancer for children’s books & then slowly moved to comic books. Taught by Industry legends like Dilip Chaubey, Dhiraj Verma,…

Illustrations Vintage Style

Artist and illustrator Mohita Iyer started with a background in fashion design. As a design student in 1995, she was a national finalist for the Smirnoff Fashion Awards and her design was featured in Elle Magazine Australia, Mode Magazine and New Woman Magazine. Although her career started out in Fashion, she has worked in Marketing…

Phantom Covers and More

Vivek Goel is the first ever artist from India who created covers for the much loved comic book Phantom for Moonstone Books,USA. Originally from the Merchant Navy, Vivek left his world at sea for his love for comics. He has worked for reputed publishers like Raj Comics, Marvel Comics and Level 10 Comics. His amazing pencilling…

Stocks and “Shares”

Stock market investor Anoop Negi has been creating breathtaking photographs for more than ten years now. Inspired by the beautiful photo-stories in the LIFE magazines, Anoop developed a keen interest in photojournalism. His pictures have been featured in many well-known publications and websites like Lonely Planet, Discovery, India Today Travel, RandLMedia (Taiwan), Popular Photography (USA),…

Creating Cool Characters & Wonderful Worlds

Indian-born, Toronto based designer Robin Joseph was lucky to meet great people in the animation industry during his early years. He was mentored by Ajit Rao who guided him to join the Sheridan College in Canada. After his three-year course in classical animation he worked at House of Cool in Toronto. Two years ago, he…

Comic Caper

As a child Abhishek Malsuni loved his comic books. He was so taken by them that he made it his aim to become a comic book artist. He joined College of Arts & Crafts, Lucknow to pursue BFA in Applied arts and started working as a freelance Penciler/Inker for renowned Indian comic book publishers like…

Art Inspired by Unplanned Journeys

Mumbai-based artist Kunal Bele graduated from the prestigious Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art in 2005. Mainly into graphic design, painting and photography he also loves to play with the many different mediums of art.  When he is not busy creating art or design he sets off on his bike to random unplanned destinations. Inspired…

Geometric Shapes & Vibrant Colours

Delhi-born artist Shhiv Singh migrated to London with his parents when he was only a baby. He studied at the Central Saint Martins, London and Parson School of Design, Paris before he headed back to India to pursue his passion for Arts. His work has been highly acclaimed and is included in several prominent collections…

A Riot of Colours

Delhi-based independent animation filmmaker and illustrator Priya Kuriyan loves observing people in public places and sketching them whenever possible. She started illustrating for children’s books while she was still a student and thoroughly enjoyed it, leading to her career as an illustrator. After having worked in Bombay for two years with a company that made…

Delightful Monsters and Cool Indian Folk Art

Mumbai-based Art Director Siddhi Yadav loves exploring and experimenting with new Indian folk art styles. After graduating from the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai with a Diploma in Applied Art  and a major in Illustration, Siddhi chose a career in advertising. Besides working in the advertising industry, she enjoys teaching art to children and creating sand art in…

A Mélange of Cultures & Styles

Bangalore-based illustrator, sculptor and graphic artist Rishidev RK celebrates a mélange of cultures and styles through his original and inventive works of art. A concoction of vibrant colours and vivid forms, his creations are deep-rooted in ethnic Indian design, and have adorned the campaigns of many major brands like Lee, Nirvana Films, Avakkai Films etc.…

Design Geek

Bangalore-based Graphic designer and photography hobbyist Menaka Chandrasekhar was always creatively inclined. After she completed her BA in Graphic design in Singapore at Lasalle, College of the Arts she pursued a career in Advertising and Graphic design. She was a finalist in the 2008 Crowbar Awards for the Editorial publishing category and in the Electric…

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!

Self-taught artist Vipin Raphel started drawing only very recently. He received great accolade and his first commission soon after he displayed his first few drawings on the Internet.  With no formal guidance, he mastered the technique of photo realistic style of pencil drawing by closely watching work created by legends like JD Hillberry and Armin…

Top Shots

Award-winning photographer Sharad Haksar was named one of the 200 best photographers worldwide by the respected Luerzer’s Archive. Trained under legendary photographers like Iqbal Mohamed, Robert Farber, Constantine Manos, Bill Megalos and Sol Negrin, Sharad has emerged as one of India’s leading photographers. He has won many awards at the prestigious IPA, Cannes, New York…

Cool & Futuristic

Multi talented Digital artist, Rajaram Rajendran is also an interactive designer, filmmaker, half programmer, motion graphics artist, hobbyist photographer, part-time writer and a wannabe musician.  His work won him 3rd place at the Webdesign International Festival 08 at Limoges, France and his wallpapers have been featured in the FWA.  Here are a few of his…

Art Activism

Software engineer Rohini Kummitha is also a very passionate, self-taught visual artist. She quit her high flying career to pursue her passion for arts and is getting ready to do an MFA in Integrated Visual Arts to gain a better understanding of the technical nuances. Rohini works with various media like sketching, painting, photography and…

Beautiful Blend of Rap and Indian Music

Indus Gharana, India’s 1st eclectic band covering Rap/Hip-Hop/Alternative/Fusion/World is an assorted mix of seven hugely talented musicians that include Kamran (Keys+Composer+Vocalist), Sanjana (Vocalist), Roll Rida (Rapper), DJ 040 (Official hip-hop DJ), Invincible P (Rapper), Megh-Uh-Watt (Rapper) & Naresh Kumaran (Guitarist & Hindustani Vocalist). . . . . . . . . . . . . .…

Creative Chaos

Mumbai based illustrator and motion graphics artist Sameer Kulavoor has an obsession for drawing. He loves creating images, some still and some that move. His work has been featured in many well known publications such as Luerzers Archive: 200 best illustrators worldwide, D&AD, Communication Arts, The Art Directors club, IDN and Computer Arts Projects. Highly inspired…

Raise your Glass for…

Artist Atul Bakshi is passionate about glass. He loves experimenting with every dimension of glass, from its physical form to the very essence of its spirit. A former Naval officer, Atul’s love affair with glass began many years ago, in Australia where he first studied the technique of modern stained glass. Atul not only creates…

Bringing out the Fun in Life

Abu Dhabi born Illustrator Alicia Souza loves colours and seems to love drawing on anything she finds. She is the designer of three fun fonts called Smile Baby Smile, Alphabots and Monsterocity. Her illustrations are as colourful and fun as herself. Here is a cool illustration on her life and a few others that will…

Intricate Illustrations

London based illustrator Jitesh Patel’s work is heavily influenced by the world of nature and fashion, and executed with a seamless blend of hand drawn and digital techniques. Jitesh’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and books, including the book 300% Cotton by Helen Walters (Laurence King Publishing), License to Inspire by Central…

On a Classical Note…

. . Classical Vocalist, K. S. Resmi is a highly experienced performer of Indian classical music as well as an experienced vocalist for Bharatanatyam dance. She has performed on numerous tours all over India, Europe and the USA. Resmi taught Carnatic vocal at the University of Madras in Chennai and Sangeeta Bharati (Malabar Gopalan Nair…

Charming!!!

Calcutta-born illustrator and designer Nidhi Chanani migrated to Southern California when she was very young. She started drawing very early on in life and has created a lot of character sketches through years of sketching. It was only recently though that she started to draw the characters interacting and that is when art as a…

Drift off to Wonderland

Graphic designer and photographer Jag Nagra discovered her passion for Graphic Design and Typography while studying at the Art Institute of Vancouver. She loves the excitement of starting with a blank canvas and seeing the creative process unfold in front of her to complete the finished piece. Here are a set of party invites Jag…

Vivid Dreams, Electric Creations

Inspired by colours, music, family, friends, coffee, time, dreams and human emotions, Madhuri Maram though still a student, creates art like a pro. Even as a child she always loved art and even trained to be a traditional artist, but it was the Internet that actually exposed her to the best of her work.  Madhuri became…

Sketches of Life

After his graduation from the prestigious National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Prashant Miranda moved to Canada. He worked with an Animation studio for four years designing animation films for children, the highlight being a 26-episode, stop-motion animation series called “Henry’s world“. Soon he felt he needed to feed his passion for painting, and along…

Clocks and Crystals

Last weekend we went shopping for knick knacks at the arty and trendy Brick Lane and came across this amazing Italian artist, Ivan Ingletto. He had these really great looking clocks and tiles made by using beautiful photographs taken by him. On looking around we found a lot of amazing Indian images and that’s when Ivan told…

Singing Global Tunes

Internationally acclaimed recording artist, songwriter and producer Shaheen Sheik is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer. Known for her unique cultural perspectives, rich global instrumentation and contemporary, stylized vocals it was dance that actually drove her to study classical Indian music. Trained under David Trasoff, she is also a professional Sarod player. She was amongst the top 40 of 168 bands to…

Mid-Century Design meets Ancient Mythology

California based animator and illustrator Sanjay Patel started drawing at the age of four and by the time he was in high school, he knew he wanted to be an animator. After his second year at the California Institute of Arts(CalArts) he was recruited by Pixar Animation Studios, where he has been happily bringing characters…

Mixing It All Up

Barcelona based artist Rithika Merchant uses drawing to narrate whimsical stories inspired by her personal reflections and experiences of life. She is particularly fond of patterns made by the placement or overlaying of shapes or units together, and the way each small part functions to create a whole. Here are a few of her stunning work…

Timeless, Ethereal Images

Photographer Ramya Reddy believes that image-making is an intimate process that not only captures a moment the eyes see, but also explores intangibles such as the spectrum of emotions, connections and sensations experienced.  A Light & Life Academy alumnus, Ramya has also studied at the Santa Fe workshops under renowned fine-artist, John Paul Caponigro. She received…

Wonderfully Versatile

. . . British born New York based actor Samrat Chakrabarti is not only a great actor but also an award winning musician. He has won many awards for his music including a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song, for his composition, “What’s It all About”. This year he was honoured with the 2010 TMG…

Über Cool Underground Designs

Calcutta based digital artist Fahd Hussein has been an active member of the online underground art community for over 14 years. His style and content has matured over the years through horror, schockcore & fantasy art to settle into a lazily surreal, neo-psychedelic blend of detail and thought. Here is his creation for The Art…

A ‘Deluge’ of Awesome Art

At the age of 4, Delwyn Remedios created his first drawing, inspired by the city fair he had been to and has never looked back since then. From grafitti art and painting on the streets of Mumbai to experimenting with different forms of animation, he loves it all. Winner of many international awards  for his…

Soulful Sonatas

. . Concert Pianist and Educator Raj Bhimani is a champion of new music, and has developed particular expertise in French Piano literature. Raj performs regularly across North America, Europe and India. His concerts have been broadcast on Indian National Radio, Indian National Television, Portuguese National Radio, and on WQXR and WHUS Radio in the United States.…

Awesome Animation

Delhi born Animator, Designer and Director Varun Chawla was always good at drawing. He loved making portraits while at school and it was only when his fine arts teacher advised him to join an art college did he realise that drawing could be more than just a hobby. His graduate campaign won him the annual…

Poetic Paintings

Graphic designer Rochelle Motha has been drawing, painting and doodling since childhood. Inspired by Van Gogh for the use of colour and Rodin for the purity of human form, her paintings are a combination of shades, stark contrasts of black and white, enhanced with the occasional streak of vibrant colour. Her collection “Good Truth” is…

Ancient Script, Modern Art

Veteran artist Amitabh Sengupta studied printmaking and painting at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1966 on a scholarship from the French Government. In 1975, he received the President’s Award in painting awarded by the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi and 1986 – 1987 he was listed as Art advisor with the Federal Universities, Nigeria and…

Classical yet Contemporary

Classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer, Dr. Anita Ratnam is a widely sought after speaker on women’s issues relating to South Asia. In the 80s, she produced and hosted her own weekly television series on India in New York which won her many accolades. . . . . . . . . . . . . .…

Passion for Faces

Joshi Daniel always loved photography. But while growing up it was not a popular career choice to make, as there was little guidance on the profession. So instead he studied commerce and took up HR as a profession. His heart though kept pulling him towards his life long passion and soon enough he gave up…

Dancing Duo

Partners in dance and life, Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon, together explore the intricacies, worship the spirituality and pursue the dialogue of cultures in Bharatanatyam. Alumni of Kalakshetra, it was here that they met.  After graduating and a few years of international experience they got married and soon formed a group in Chennai. Their first dance production,…