Indian artists are slowly converging the focus on themselves through their eclectic artworks. Not some time ago, art was not considered as a successful prospective to develop it as a source of income. But, now the tables have turned. People are not only opting for it as a career prospect, society has also started accepting this new trend.
With the growing living standards of the people, they have a few pennies to spare to spend on something aesthetically pleasing such as art. People are also looking for something unique and esoteric depending on their tastes.
This has encouraged emerging Indian artists to experiment with new ideas. This growing wave of individualism has infused artists with reinvigorating ideas; ideas even conceiving those in imagination was incomprehensible. Let us take a look at some artists at the nascent stage of their careers having the potential to lead the art world.
- Sumakshi Singh
She hails from Gurugram, Haryana. At the age of 36, she has now evolved to become one of those artists who have a spark to surprise the world. She says that she paints keeping in mind how people see with their eyes, bodies, and minds. For a layman like us, space would mean in which we are embedded in this 3-D reality. But, for an artist space means the space of our senses and consciousness.
Form the depths of her mind, she created a 3-D illusion of the living room which belonged to her grandfather in chalk. Spectators walked to watch this illusion until drawing got erased. She creates micro worlds and 3-D illusions as abovementioned and animations. She uses the space with its history to create, according to her, “an interruption in our conditioning of how we perceive that particular space”. Her work ‘In Between the Pages’ featured at Kochi Biennale in the year 2014 was one a kind. Spectators were led into it which was a made-up landscape where 2-D led screens would depict them as motifs in a manuscript.
He took birth in village Sasti which is in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra where he spent some time initially. He went out to pursue high school form Rajaura, a neighboring town that is 9 km away from his home. The landscape of his childhood where he saw fields of cotton, jowar, etc. has now vanished. It was industrialized by mining companies that turned these lands into mining fields. They purchased farmlands from residents of Prabhakar’s village and gave them jobs as coal miners at these coal fields in lieu of their fields.
When Prabhakar left his village, it had changed to something alien as it was not what he cherished and saw in his childhood. He completed his graduation from the Sayajirao University of Baroda. Later, he joined and assisted famous artist TusharJoag. Clark House Initiative is an artists’ group. These people were its members:-
- Sumesh Sharma-Curators & Co-founders
- Zasha Colah-Curators & Co-founders
- Nikhil Raunaq
- Poonam Jain
He joined the Clark House Initiative in the year 2011.
- Madhu Das
He completed his graduation from Karnataka ChitrakalaParishath situated at Bengaluru. He later did his Masters in Fine Arts from Hyderabad, although he never planned to do it. He did his masters because he wanted a studio to paint. This can be inferred from an interview in which he said, “After five years of working and living out of a studio, the day after graduating, it no longer belonged to me.” He later finds his refuge in an abandoned water tank which is in Chitradurga district. It is situated at a distance of 150 km from Bengaluru. This place is quite famous for its historical value. It has a fort which belongs to the 18th century. Thus, he was freed from the bounds of a studio.
His works focus on people and their interaction with each other and with space which surrounds them. He participated in the ‘Sandarbh Residency’ held at Vadodara. The main subject matter of his work was how people establish a relationship with a piece of art in public and reflect it in themselves.
He captured almost 300 trees that have changed their forms due to metal guards that were placed around them for their protection. He then installed these photographs in acage-like structure and carried it around Vadodara for display. With its help, he engaged with people and observed their reactions. This was something very much out of the box.
These young minds are creating artworks that are forcing us to think that what we society have we made for ourselves. Their ideas evoke feelings of humanity and compassion which have departed due to growing materialism in this world. Best of luck to these emerging artists!