Abhishek Narayan Verma

  • About the Artist

    The imagery in my artworks continuously stems from conflicting identities in our everyday life. We are constantly made aware of many unexpected demands and consequences, changing environments pushing us to take up a new identity and reform ourselves accordingly. Discomfort leads us to care about belongings and a desire to achieve and overcome this discomfort, so we act in a certain way that is only a facade of aspired power and pleasure in a moment of anxiety.

    The works revolve around the ideas of dysfunctionality, socio-political conditionings, memory recall and fabrication, personal insecurities arising out of one’s circumstances and anxiety. The question about the idea of 'self-validation' while living in between various conflicting identities and how this synthesis interacts with the construction of our spaces at present are aspects I try to transmute together in my artworks through satire, with reference to popular idioms, myths and stories. The irony is a provocation of thoughts that uses humour to portray struggles and mistakes. The situational storytelling quality is a device of allowing the viewer to be absorbed by the events. This approach helps me see the viewer confront a certain reality provided by the visuals while not forcing it onto them. These settings reflect the characters’ mental states and lead to an investigative process through a selection of “what if’s”. This also compels me to build my own narration in layers of thought with an introspective outlook. It is like a strategy to which ideas and thoughts are constantly being added and subtracted to find the right amount of “affect”. My artistic process seeks to both question and play with these concerns. Along with various disciplines in my practice my interest for writing poetries in Hindi and reading literatures (vernacular literatures/ socio-political satires by the writers such as Harishanakar Parsai, Sharad Joshi, Phanishwarnath ‘Renu’ etc) is also an important source for me to develop a higher awareness of not only myself and how I think, but also how I perceive the world around me.

  • Bio

    Abhishek Narayan Verma born in 1990

    2015 Master in Visual Arts in Printmaking from Faculty of Fine Arts, The M.S University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, (India)

    2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, College of Art, New Delhi, (India)

    Website des Künstlers

Eine Auswahl von Lithografie Drucken aus der Serie - A Game of Permutations and Combinations

Falling Man

14 x 17 inches, Lithographic Print, 2016-2019

Falling Man is a continuation of the earlier work which has the ornithopter or artficial wings. In this frame the wings are too heavy so the protagonist seems unsettled and falling. Sometimes our over optimistic approach or desires end up in a similar manner.