"Musings: Urban Spaces 4", Mixed Media, 23×44

"Musings: Urban Spaces 1", Mixed Media, 23×44

"Paradigms: One", Mixed Media, 44×23

"Paradigms: Four", Mixed Media, 44×23

"Paradigms: Six", Mixed Media, 44×23

Artist Statement

My love of art stems from my early childhood in India, where I was exposed to a conglomeration of art ranging from traditional Indian to contemporary western. I find myself synthesizing images from places I visit into themes of urban decay, renewal, and everyday life. I am always attempting to find a pathway to incorporate these images into my work, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary art. I create my own visual language, combining my interests in photography, printmaking and drawing into images that reflect both abstraction and realism at once.

I usually begin by picking a random selection of photographs that I have taken, and these become the basis of the final work. I either incorporate these photographs directly into paintings by transferring them onto the surface or draw portions from them that reflect the theme of that work. Onto this I apply layers of paint, ink, oil pastel, graphite, screen prints and additional photographic transfers until the work reaches the desired composition and texture.

Growing up in the bustling city of Bombay, urban landscapes were first an inspiration and then a fascination. A focus on more minimal and sparse compositions represents a departure from the nature of the city, but the city remains integral to my theme. The resulting work reflects these nuances.