August 1, 2021

Where Jimi Hendrix and Lewis Caroll inspire digital art

Hyderabad artist Vijit Pillai’s digital exhibition The Important Romantic is an ode to celebrated music tracks and literary works

A brand new digital exhibition of digital artworks by Hyderabad-based artist Vijit Pillai titled The Important Romantic, is on view at until the tip of June 2021. The artworks are impressed by musicians, writers and poets whose work he has liked.

The art work that lends itself to the quilt picture of the exhibition contains a gate, a driveway and overgrown foliage that covers the fictional fortress, Manderley. The three-dimensional and multilayered work on German canvas is the artist’s interpretation of the previous Elizabethan manor known as Manderlay from Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Rebecca. Within the first chapter of the novel, the narrator desires of visiting the nation property at night time. However Vijit states that he took the inventive liberty to current one thing extra vibrant and never miserable, and therefore his interpretation of the manor is in heat autumn hues.

The artworks in The Important Romantic had been all performed within the final two years, and the sequence of work impressed by legendary musicians took form in the course of the pandemic.

Artwork, literature and music had formed his ideas in his childhood. When Artwork Flute proposed to convey these features collectively for a sequence, Vijit took it up: “I can’t say I’m extraordinarily nicely learn or nicely versed within the physique of labor of all of the writers, poets and musicians who’ve impressed me to do that sequence. However I’ve learn a wide range of works that left an impression on me.”

The curiosity in artwork and music had stemmed subconsciously in his early years. Vijit recollects his mom portray and taking part in the piano and his father taking part in jazz on the harmonica, accordion and the piano.

His exploration of music grew stronger within the Seventies, within the years that instantly adopted the long-lasting Woodstock music pageant of 1969. As a teen, he watched motion pictures and heard music on protests towards the Vietnam battle. So it doesn’t come as a shock when Vijit pays an ode to Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’ by way of an art work of the identical title. He experiments with colors and textures to reach at a three-dimensional high quality. In actual fact, the 3D high quality permeates many of the artworks on this sequence.

The Taj Mahal by Vijit Pillai

One other work titled Jabberwocky alludes to the poem of the identical title by Lewis Carroll. “I used to be fascinated to study in regards to the concept behind the poem — capturing the essence of the nonsense by way of sense,” says Vijit who was eager to do experimental summary work.

‘In her tomb by the sounding sea’, a line from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’ turns into an inspiration for Vijit to reimagine the Taj Mahal as a tomb by the waters.

Vijit additionally pays portraiture tributes to music personalities Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton. There are additionally private odes to the ladies in his life. Fantastic Tonight is a portraiture work by way of which he celebrates his former spouse of 30 years, taking a line from Eric Clapton’s track. Ave Maria is devoted to his mom, in an try to additionally pay homage to Michelangelo’s Pieta and keep in mind the compassion and heat of his mom by way of the completely different variations of the track ‘Ave Maria’.

Digital artwork has been a mainstay for Vijit in the previous couple of years and he’s within the strategy of changing his 400-plus works into NFT (non-fungible token) artwork, and a few of them are on

The Important Romantic is on view on until June 30, 2021

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