These young artists are pushing boundaries with their art

Painting the future of art with fresh perspectives and creativity

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Satire, sexuality, memory, and nature are the themes inspiring some of the country’s most compelling young artists. One promising name to have emerged this year is Chandigarh-based Gurjeet Singh, whose mixed-media, soft fabric sculptures address LGBTQIA+ issues through delightfully weird characters. Singh’s works are based on his observations and experiences, like the series on his friend who fell in love with a bus conductor, but never saw the relationship come to fruition. 

image: Glass Web by Biraaj Dodiya, oil on linen, 2022

Mumbai-based Biraaj Dodiya’s works, meanwhile, make use of discarded objects, industrial material, and personal relics to address the question of absence, uncertainty, and the destruction of landscape.

image: Gates of Horn and Ivory by Rithika Merchant, gouache, watercolour and ink on paper, 2020

Similarly, Rithika Merchant delves into the ecological crises and climate change, through symbolism and botanical drawings in water colour and cut paper elements.

image: When I was in my Mama’s Womb by Amrai Dua, acrylic on canvas, 2020

From Delhi, Amrai Dua’s vivid portraits offer fresh perspective on community by portraying scenes like gossiping and pickle making...

image: Kissa Goi by Sonal Varshneya, etching on archival paper, 2019-20

And taking a modern approach to storytelling is Lucknow-based Sonal Varshneya, who adds an imaginative and contemporary touch to the protagonists, with women flying across cities.

image: Untitled #17 by Saubiya Chasmawala, saffron on paper, 2019

Finally, Saubiya Chasmawala encapsulates her interest in the self, history, and identity with striking works that showcase abstracted and layered Arabic script, while Abhishek Narayan Verma takes to satire to speak of the political landscape within a global context. 

image: A Walk To Remember - XVIII by Abhishek Narayan Verma, gouache on paper, 2021

The future is brimming with creativity! 

Image: courtesy the artists