If life was simpler, this is what I would do- travel, paint, travel, paint.

Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Abhilekh Paul | Painter, Sketch Artist

UNSEEN 2.0 is an unconventional form of exhibition which is a digital art exhibition curated by Platform For Artists . This enables artists across the country to participate, showcase their work and connect with like minded people. The entire idea is to broaden the scope of exposure which the artists would probably not get at an offline event. We have sixty diverse artists from across the country who are a part of this one of it's kind art exhibition.

Here is a set of questions team Platform For Artists asked Abhilekh about his everyday routine, his art interests and more.

Tell us about yourself.

Hello everyone, I am Abhilekh Paul, currently pursuing my Under graduation degree from Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts and in my 4th year. I am from Silchar, a small town in the state of Assam. Since the age of 12, I’ve been away from my hometown, completed my schooling from Darjeeling and currently in Pune. Apart from spending my time painting, I enjoy a lot of other activities, one of them being sports. Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton are my constants keeping me fit. Travelling, whenever I get the opportunity to, gives me immense pleasure and also the motivation for some of my recent artworks. If life was simpler, this is what I would do- travel, paint, travel, paint.

What are your art interests?

This is a very simple question with the trickiest answer because I seriously do not know what exactly is my choice of art. My taste has been changing and I’m discovering so much that it got me confused, yet mesmerized. Sketches, paintings on various mediums like water colors, oil and acrylic, portraits, landscape, a little bit of abstract and modern. Yes, its mixed!

What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?

India has seen a lot of new art forms and styles, however, what seems to be permanently ever-present is the traditional Indian paintings which are a joy to look at. It is getting much more difficult for an artist to be ‘Unseen’ because there are too many of us practicing art, which makes the competition huge. Either one must have direct contact with an art gallery, which gives them the exposure they need or must have their own style to which they must fall in love so that they stick to that one style. I have been extremely lucky to have seen original paintings of S.H. Raza, M.F. Hussain, Jamini Roy, K.G. Subramanyan, Paresh Maity, Ganesh Pyne and so on. However, India needs to recognize upcoming artists too and talk, discuss about them so that they get their deserved limelight.

What are your working on currently?

Currently I am working on a sketch of sunflowers by a wooden barricade and also on a landscape with water color but I had to pause on that because I do not have paint brushes.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

From travelling, from discovering new places and mixing it up with what looks good in my mind. There are various artists whom I would like to take inspiration from but I tend to back out from that because the final work resembles so much to that artists, it looks as if its copied. So to avoid that, I go around taking pictures on my own phone and practice my skills on paper.

Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?

I would like to collaborate with poets because I find their works to be so impressive and it always leaves an ever-lasting impact on me. For one of my assignments in college for Marketing and Advertising Media, we had to make four post cards and sell them with a particular theme all related. So my group came up with the theme of lost and we our presentation consisted of slam poetry. It was by far the best presentation I ever made and I wish to collaborate with more poets.

What's the first thing you do when you wake up?

Check my messages.

Which is the most used app in your phone?

It has to be Instagram because that is my hub for content. Have seen so much art here that I cannot have enough of it.

Which is the one song you can't get out of your head?

Arcade by Duncan Laurance.

You de-stress by?

Lying down on my bed, playing some sports or just hanging out with my friends.

You can check more of his artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/

To connect with Abhilekh ,connect with him on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/abhilekh.paul/

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