Pandemic, The Light Therein
International Virtual Art Exhibition Series
An Alumni of College of Art, Delhi batch of 2002, Kamran Azim started his career with advertising in the second year of college itself. He continued this for 2 years after his graduation working with Mudra and McCann Erickson. In 2004 he enrolled for a 3D animation course in Delhi. During the course he landed a job in one of the most respected animation companies in Mumbai, Maya Entertainment. After working for about eight years in Mumbai - Maya Entertainment for 5 years & Trine Animation for 3 years - he went to secure a post- graduate diploma in animation from the Media Design School, New Zealand in 2010. Upon his return to India in 2012 he worked on animation projects for the advertising and television industry in Mumbai, while simultaneously exploring Direction and Photography. All through his career, he found himself painting between every change. In 2015, as a multidisciplinary artist, he finally took up painting in the earnest. Kamran has been regularly participating in exhibitions since 2017.
For me, art is an experimentation of light, colours and forms that induces moods or reflects emotions creating subtle feelings of romance and serenity. My paintings start with a few strokes or marks on a blank canvas. These marks come from some theme I may have in mind or through intuition, mood or even music that's playing in the background. These marks help set some form of rhythm with the canvas and the process of painting begins. I use layers upon layers of paint, alter light, colour, shadow and form, which come from visual memories of whatever I have seen, saved somewhere in my subconscious. It is a process which reveals to me my innermost self and often surprises me. I am thus intrigued by the abstract, more significantly because of how it feels to paint.
Landscapes and cityscapes are the most naturally conceived themes by me. Walkways represent life as a continuous journey going through different places mentally as well as physically. Woman is seen as nature, nurturer, creative, delicate, powerful, erotic and supreme. Birds and animals are also visible in some paintings. I use elements like doors, windows, stairs and some other as symbols to represent different aspects and situations of life. In the end I hope to provide to the viewer a platform of colour and form to trigger his or her own visual memories and experience different emotions like happiness, encouragement, fulfilment, romance, nostalgia and also melancholy as a mature reflective emotion amongst others.
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