Emotions in motion

Emotions in motion

Mixed media art

Emotions in motion

When one looks at Anil Kumar’s paintings, they are hit by a sense of awe that can’t be worded. Filled with textures, filters, patterns and digital techniques, these mixed media works speak a thousand words and keep silent at the same time, leaving a deep impression on the viewer.

The colour heavy works are done on limited edition canvas and regale fantastic stories, explore hidden emotions and prod one’s consciousness to think beyond paints. An expression of the numerous thoughts that cross the painter’s mind and a reference to the material world, each painting is unique despite the similar artistic technique.

Anil says his works are his way of finding himself and reflecting on his psyche. “I’m searching for myself through art. I translate my understanding of the world and my experiences into my works. While some sing and dance to express themselves, I paint to express my love for life.”

He takes photographs and other references to create a merger between acrylic paint and digital art. His subjects include festivals, monuments, celebrities and more, but he doesn’t replicate them as they are; he gives them a touch of his hands and adds beauty to even the most common of pictures. “I am also researching on ways to facilitate the mood of the mind on to the canvas using principles of psychiatry, ancient meditation techniques, religion and geometry,” explains Anil.

Since he was young he has been absorbing his surroundings in to him, which led to his first painting. “I painted a picture which projected the effects of war on a child. One half had a child playing with crackers in a vivid festive atmosphere and the other half showed tankers blowing up homes and a line of refugees looking for shelter.” World politics heavily influenced Anil and as a child, he’d look up war photographs in magazines that his father got for him. Now, he also draws from the philosophical ideas of Tao, Buddha, Kalil Gibran, Lao Tzu and more.

His first choice of profession wasn’t always an artist: “I thought I’d get a government job or start a business since I had good aptitude for social sciences. I don’t know what happened but later on, I didn’t want to live a monotonous life with so many constraints. I had a strong feeling that the world can heal through the arts so when I took up fine arts, it was a liberating feeling.”

Throwing aside restraints, Anil doesn’t believe in themes or fixed styles. “We draw our own contours and we can come out of them as well. There is a difference between coming to a conclusion and being on a fixed path, which can get monotonous.”

Over the years, he has gone from painting only nature and faces to philosophies. Talking about his artistic process, he says, “One can see a pattern in my approach, even in the random ideas that I stew over, which are eventually given some form.”

There is never an end to learning as he continuously experiments with new techniques. This, he thinks, is what pushes him to do his best.

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