Like most initiatives in 2020, our beloved Surface series of exhibition goes online this year! Even though many things seemed to have slowed down almost to a stop, creativity has soared and there’s renewed enthusiasm to forge ahead in the best possible format to introduce our audiences to newer artists with each round. We present to you –Surface: The Online Edit, with as much love and dedication as our previous physical displays at the studios.
We’re introducing some brilliant artists to you this year-Riddhi’s mesmerizingly earthy works on khadi, Vidi’s precision and skill on display with her OP Art canvases, Harsimran bring together nostalgia of the old and the new on vibrant large denim canvases, Varnita’s charming graphic works, Khushi’s beautifully paired portraits of people and plants and the lack thereof in Nilanjan’s urban landscapes with screen printing on concrete ,Ankan and Yashika working beautifully on the looming theme of nature and imposed lockdowns.On the one hand, Purvanshi illustrates the five elements in nature, Rachna abstracts her expressions on works done with oil pastels.
We also have two very different displays of cyanotypes from Chirantan and Zarrin that are stunning, to say the least.Talking of different mediums, Tasneem has brought forth sound works that add a sensory angle to your visual aid, while Dhiraj and Nidhi display their large - scale installations.
As physical borders became difficult to cross over, an online format has made it possible for us to exhibit international artists on our platform this year – we have Ayumi, a Japanese artist based out of Hong Kong displaying some beautiful installation pieces that deal with lines and paper, Babak and Sara, both photographers from Iran – while Babak captures performance pieces and the theory of anima, Sara shows us what solitude looks like in her quarantine series.
Now that we’ve introduced you to the world of Surface: The Online Edit, we invite you to click ahead and treat yourself through our display. All works are on sale, and we would be happy to assist you with any queries you might have.
Until next time!
Anubha and Amisha
Ankan Bandyopadhyay is an artist based out of Kolkata, India. He has completed his Bachelor’s (2008) and Master’s (2010) degree in Painting from Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata. His works have been displayed at the Chitrakala Parishad (Bangalore), Venice International Art Fair (Italy), Emami Chisel Art (Kolkata), Academy of Fine Arts (Kolkata), to name a few. Ankan lives and works at his studio in Kolkata.
Ayumi Adachi is born in Hyogo, Japan in 1972.She studied Osaka University of Art in Osaka, Japan.Her works have been displayed in State of the Arts Gallery, Hong Kong (2003), Edle Gallery, Hyogo, Japan (2011) and most recently in Razklon Gallery, Bulgaria (2020). She has also participated in international art fairs in Korea, Japan and Hong Kong and have been acquired by a number of public and private collections. She lives and creates from her studio in Hong Kong since 1996.
Babak Haghi is a photographer from Iran and has pursued professional fine art photography since 2013. He has studied Visual Arts at the Professional Photography Institute in Tehran (Iran) and has had numerous solo exhibitions like “Black Box” (2018) at the Aban Art Gallery in Shiraz and “The Twelfth Strike” (2017) at the Mojdeh Art Gallery in Tehran, as well as in a number of group exhibitions in Istanbul, Toronto and Tehran to name a few. Babak displayed his works at the India Art Fair 2020, represented by the Italian Cultural Centre. He lives and works out of his studio in Iran.
Chirantan Khastgir is an artist and photographer who has explored visual and literary media since his Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has completed his Masters’ degree in Photography at the National Institute of Design, Gujarat and has also worked with The Hindu, Outlook Traveller, and The Science Gallery in Bengaluru. He has an experience honed over eight years, both on ground and theoretically towards development and execution of societally relevant projects. He lives and works out of his studio in New Delhi.
Dhiraj Pednekar is an artist and photographer who works extensively on the theme of environmental and social consciousness. He has completed his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Goa College of Art (2012) and his Master’s in Fine Arts from SN School of Arts and Communication, Hyderabad (2014). His works have been displayed in the Goa Open Arts Festival (2020), 61st National Exhibition of Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (2019-20), “Mapping Frontiers” at the Goethe Zentrum in Hyderabad (2018) to name a few. He lives and works out of his studio in Goa.
Harsimran Juneja is an artist based out of Ahmedabad, India. He has completed his Master’s in Design Management and Cultures from the London College of Communications, University of London (2019) and is the co-founder and director of Uno Lona Academy, an institute of Art and Design in Ahmedabad. His visual language oscillates between figuration and abstraction, influenced by primitive or tribal representations of humans and animals from various cultures, sometimes even mythology. He lives and works out of his studio in Ahmedabad.
Khushi Mishra is a photographer whose work revolves around themes of nature, concept of self, and the impact of time. As a full-time professional photographer, Khushi has actively engaged in commercial assignments involving portraiture, lifestyle photography, as well as showcasing boutique heritage homestays.Khushi’s professional journey involved a transition from corporate law to thepractice of photography. She has displayed her works in solo exhibitions titled “28” (2011) and “Frames of Mind” (2015) at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. She lives and works out of her studio space in New Delhi.
Nidhi Khurana is an artist based out of New Delhi. She has completed her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda (2003) and Master’s in Arts and Aesthetics from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2009). Her work have been exhibited at BS Projects exhibition in (Germany), the India Art Fair (New Delhi), the Krishnakriti Festival (Hyderabad), the Religare Arts Initiative (New Delhi), the Piramal Museum of Art and Jehangir Art Gallery (Mumbai). She lives and works out of her studio in New Delhi.
Nilanjan Das is a printmaker and graphic artist from West Bengal. He has completed his Bachelor’s (2010) and Master’s (2012) in Fine Arts – Graphic and Printmaking from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has received a Khoj grant for social art practice in 2019 and has been selected in New Prints 2020/Summer at the International Print Centre New York. He has also displayed his works in the Goethe - Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan in Kolkata (2018) and “Shades of Grey” solo exhibition supported by the Ministry of Culture and Studio21 Gallery in Kolkata (2016). He lives and works out of his studio in Howrah, West Bengal.
Purvanshi Mangal is a self - taught artist from Kota, Rajasthan. She has transitioned from working previously in a brokerage house to being a full - time artist in 2018. She works extensively in oil, ink, acrylic on canvas and paper and themes that range from inspiration from nature in incidents. She has displayed her works at the Aparna Art Gallery in 2019 and has worked with extensive wall art projects. She lives in New Delhi and works out of ArtBuzz Studios.
Rachna Lodha is currently practiced art under the guidance of Mr. Rameshwar Broota at Triveni Kala Sangam and is a graduate from Delhi University. Many of her art works have been selected in annual all India art exhibition by AIFACS and her art works depict her endless trail of thoughts and the freedom of colors. She has been an artist by passion who breaks the boundaries and the current understanding that we have of the mediums used in art. She lives in New Delhi and works out of ArtBuzz Studios.
Riddhi Patel is a developing visual artist, currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Visual Arts from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. She works in textures and patterns inspired from tapestries, curtains or wood grains into a solitude space and confront it with intentions of serenity. She has displayed her works at the Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship Award display at the Faculty of Fine Arts (2016-17), and more recently a virtual display held by Kala Chaupala’s trust The Situation Room (2020). She lives and works out of her studio in Baroda.
Sarah Sasani is an artist and photographer from Tehran, Iran and has graduated in Photojournalism and Sociology. She started news and documentary photography in 2003 and now is one of the primary members of the Iranian Photographers National Society. She was one of 7 in women “Enduring Power” Iranian and Middle Eastern Women’s Story, a photography exhibition in San Francisco (2014) and has also participated in the photography project for published books “My Yazd” and “Iran, Winter Journey” by X-Change Culture Science, Vienna (2006 and 2007). Her works have been published in national and international publications. Sara has been cooperating with some photo agencies in Iran for 17 years. She lives and works in Iran.
Tasneem Lohani is a visual artist who works with inks and sound recordings. She has completed her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai (2017) and Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Kingston School of Art, London (2020). She has held her solo show titled ‘It’s a Raw State of Mind’ at the Cholamandal Artist’s Village, Chennai (2020), a two-person show titled ‘I Don’t Want to Die Alone’ with Leon Watts at the Stanley Picker Gallery, London (2020) and has also participated in numerous shows in London, Bengaluru, Kochi and Chennai. She lives and works out of her studio in Bengaluru.
Varnita Sethi is a visual artist based out of Gurugram. She has completed her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts – Painting from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi (2009) and her Master’s degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2013). She has displayed in many exhibitions such as ‘Erotica’, a group show at the Blank Space, Oslo, Norway (2019), ‘Extending the Contemporary’ at Art Konsult, New Delhi (2018) and Gender Bender, partnering with the Sandbox Collective and Goethe -Institut Bengaluru(2019) to name a few.Varnita lives and works out of her studio in Gurugram.
Vidi Goyal is a OP artist based out of New Delhi. On completing her graduation, she worked as a financial analyst. However, within a year she realized that her calling lay in art and its creation and the only way to satiate this quest for "her" was to dive head-on into the world of art! Shee has displayed her works in her solo exhibition ‘Linear Reality’ in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (2018), Surface: 03 at the ArtBuzz Studios (2019) and as a part of the HT Imagine Fest (2020) as well as in private collections in India and London. She currently works out of ArtBuzz Studios New Delhi.
Yashika Sugandh is a visual artist based in Delhi - NCR, she has completed her received her Master’s degree in Fine Art from Amity University, Noida (2017). She began exhibiting her artworks professionally in 2017. She has been a part of a group exhibition at the India Art Fair (2017), Birla Academy of Art and Culture (2017), Jehangir Art Gallery (2020), Indian Council for Cultural Relations (2020), ‘National Kala Mela’ at the Lalit Kala Akademi (2020), ‘Changing Na rratives’ at Indira Gandhi National Centre for The Arts (2020), Surface series at ArtBuzz Studios, to name a few. She has received City Award for Delhi in Kalakand Art contest by Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation in 2017. She lives in Noida and works out of ArtBuzz Studios, New Delhi.
Zarrin - Fatima Shamsi
Zarrin- Fatima Shamsi is an Indian visual artist , printmaker and an arts educator based out of Kuwait. She has completed her Bachelor’s (2017) and Master’s (2019) in Visual Arts (Graphic Arts) from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. She has displayed at an exhibition titled ‘Untold Summer Stories’ at Exhibit 320, New Delhi (2019), ‘Varsha 2020’, a group show of printmakers held at Swasti Gallery, Bengaluru (2020) and ‘Embark III’, Gallery Ark, Baroda (2020) to name a few. Zarrin lives and works out of her studio in Kuwait.