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Aditya Dev’s persona and artistic capability make him in one of those rare artists who constantly experiments with his own thoughts and style weaving them in a new string and then presents a miniature day-to-day life on canvas. From inspiration, emotions and feelings to brush strokes, colours and composition, his life-size frames render a reality-based novel without words. With shades, strokes, hues and style all working in a solitary efforts, Aditya captures the essence of his idea in a satirical, pictorial, twisted yet beautiful and fascinating way.
The self-taught artist chooses his characters from the present day fast-moving life. As 21st century humans change their colours – both in positive and negative way – in every other circumstances vis-à-vis his characters. He emotes desires, open-eyes dreams, bonding, lust, nature, humanity, feminism, and different meanings to life. His paintings, at the same moment, send a social message to its audience.
His frames depict the contemporary thinking and lifestyle and are far away from traditional though his each canvas is highly textured, bold and beautiful and makes a statement of its own. He describes his works as a modern abstract with abstract impressionist influences.
Aditya brushes paintings in such an intricate style as at first glance it seems the canvas has some mingled characters in one single composition while at other, it unfolds a story of surrealistic world. At times, his strokes clearly showcase that the artist is poet by nature and brings forth his satire on contemporary, modern life on canvas.
The poetic-artist embraces varied themes like at one canvas, he captures human desires to fly like a bird and attitude of care for no one in this egotistic world, on the other he nourishes affections among individuals, especially men and women or their association with nature. He paints in detail their expressions and feelings – not only love and emotions but also anger, jealousy, lust and fun. His brush strokes add beauty and harmony in all nuances giving them a new definition.
Aditya’s determination and hard work has led to consistently self-introspecting and interesting canvases, unlike anything seen before. “…I have educated myself through the ‘trial and error’ approach. And, now I am currently 100 per cent a self-taught artist. I feel there is always at least one thing that you can take away from the surroundings, life, humans, their behaviour and capability to react to unlike situations.”
He adds: “I am a pretty staunch-type person when it comes to painting because I enjoy every aspect of painting. I do lend towards the strange and beautiful.”
Aditya splashes vibrant acrylic shades to depict the characters. His palette mostly consists of jewel-like colours from the spiritual yellow and vibrant red to hazy blue and transparent brown. He forms layers on layers with wide and spontaneous strokes to explore the compassion and squib of a poet.
In drawings too, the painter creates semi-figurative characters and arouses a person’s journey towards his freedom. For the purpose, he draws boats and birds like props to showcase a heart’s sensitivity and emotions. Though his series named ‘Life’, he embellishes the fashionable mind-set. In one of the frames, he emotes today’s women who are more career-oriented and can opt unethical ways to grow. His picks up charcoal on paper medium.
He says, “My work is very challenging, and painting brings a sense of calm in my life. It is what I look forward to every day as soon as I wake up. It is extremely therapeutic for me to paint. I am an eternal optimist and like to believe in every kind of relationship, whether it is human beings’ relations with nature or woman’s association with man for her own purposes. I believe that everything happens for a reason. And, I can’t imagine my life without art.”
The prolific artist got exhibited his paintings in way back in 1986. He then participated mostly in group exhibitions but as time passed, he switched over to solo exhibitions. “Painting has always been my first hobby or you can say passion. However, it has become my ambition, my love. I am thrilled by the positive responses I have received so far.”
The painter says, “Before I start, I usually have a theme or concept in my mind, and I like to draw that raw image and see what comes out of it.” He works with his themes and rarely does any research on the concepts. Whether the piece of art be praised or criticized, he uses to draw the harsh reality and its results on the society.
“I don’t think I can honestly choose a favourite. I paint only that I think the paining or drawing will depict today’s society…so there are too many favourites to pick one up from. Each canvas is different because I like to spread awareness a bit with my characters as well…so there are too many favourites to choose from. I like painting a canvas and exhibiting it off other people and seeing the outcome.”
Aditya was conferred with All India Exhibition CWG 2010 Painting Award; 2nd Bhiku Ram Jain Art Award and Parma Spandan Chitarkala Award.
He has shown his works in places such as Washington in the US, AIFACS Art Gallery, annual exhibition of NDMC, International Grand Hotel, Ashoka Hotel, Lokayata Art gallery and many more. His exhibitions received a huge acclaim from media as well. He was also interviewed by All India Radio, Doordarshan, all leading newspapers and magazines. “…From the opening night, it seemed that people liked my work or I least what I saw,” he says on his recently concluded exhibition.
His Facebook page is full of positive comments and support for what he is working on. “Networking has been a big part of meeting new faces and getting appreciation and online feedback is that ‘nice little pat on the back’ when you show something good.”
The artist has also published his poems’ book ‘Bheed Ki Baraf’ and ‘Dard Apna Apna’. In the collection as well, he pens down relationships, nature and emotions in picturesque to satirical way. “As my inspiration comes from day-to-day life, my poems sing the same tone like my artistic characters. I usually write emotions and responses to circumstances with little to no add-ons and if that does not touch my heart, I use my satire on them to express.”
His future holds fascinating, creative and stunning paintings. Many of his contemporary artists shower praises on him for his skills of drawing spontaneously within minutes you blink your eyes.
Aditya, in fact, has carved out a niche for himself and his work is hard to assign to one genre. His conscious approach to every detail of his paintings makes him rise above the subject of genre to an influential artist ready to take the artistic world by storm in days to come.
Aditya Dev born on 14th Aug 1967 is a self taught artist Whose imagery works are individualized and Spontaneous representing a pictorial form of language with poetic metaphors maintaining a very balanced trapeze with his roles of an emotional poet and an adventurous painter, all converged in degrees that are apparent to those who care to see beyond mere surface.
The artist dreams his paintings and then paints his dreams !!! His works depict the human desires as a reaction to the world he lives in. A thrilling spark which expresses different emotions in a simple way by r endering his moods in true forms. His works depict the surrealistic world of fantasy, beauty of nature, spirituality, colorful dreams and beautiful bondings of flora and fauna basically having tools of feminism and a variety of mediums.
He sketches his characters in such a whimsical position looking perfectly mingled with each other emerging as an array of thoughts. His infinite permutations of images bring forth an unheard sequences of emotions and delight.
In his paintings he starts with conscious steps to look at himself and his surroundings from secret vantage positions but gradually, he flows only to discover that he is actually floating. It is this freedom that catches sensitivity of his heart. Here the choice of colors takes a turn from spiritually yellow and vibrant red to hazy blue and transparent brown. The textures take on gentler tone as they meldseamlessly to create images that are sparkly sensual and passionate as well.
Aditya as an artist knows the depth of feelings, the process, where he goes below the earth which is either frigid or volatile. The painter draws the unending movement of sound through its unknown origin mainly in his black & white works.
As a poet he continuously de-constructs the words to construct something new and different in hispaintings. That is the confidence, when he enjoys in his paintings the possibility of discovering a form and pattern beyond its borders.The hues of works will shower all with blissful joy and positive aspirations.
2015 Exhibition Inaugurated at Galaxy Hotel , Curate by Artsaroma ,10th June 2015, Gurgaon (HR)
2014 Solo exhibition at Taj Palace Hotel , from 11st August to 17th August, New Delhi
2012 Artist of the fortnight KOLKATARTHOUSE, Sept.2012
2011 Solo exhibition at Ellora Art Gallery from 8th August to 14th August, New Delhi
2010 Solo exhibition at Art Element Art Gallery from 8th August to 14th August, New Delhi
2009 Solo exhibition at ArtMall Gallery from 8th August to 14th August, New Delhi
2008 Solo exhibition at AIFACS Art Gallery from 8th August to 14th August, New Delhi
2008 Solo exhibition at Studio 55 Gallery, from 21st March to 28th March, New Delhi
2007 Solo exhibition at AIFACS Art Gallery from 8th August to 14 August, New Delhi
The exhibition of paintings got huge coverage from media. My interview was telecasted at AIR, DD1, DD National, FM 102.6 Rainbow and cover by all leading newspapers & magazines. News flash by UNI also. Book Bheed Ki Barf also got tremendous appreciation from people.
2006 Solo exhibition in Washington, USA
2006 Solo exhibition at Bhatia Art Gallery, Noida (U.P.)
2014 Group Exhibition of drawings at Tavern Hall Gaiety Theater, The Mall, Shimla (H.P.)
2014 Paintings selected in annual exhibition of NDMC, New Delhi
2013 Drawing selected in annual exhibition of NDMC, New Delhi
2012 Painting selected in annual exhibition of AIFACS, New Delhi
2010 Painting & Drawing selected in annual exhibition of AIFACS, New Delhi
2010 Participated in INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS
Painting Exhibition “ AUTUMN@CWG2010”
2010 Contemporary Artists Show in 57th St Manhattan NYC on 24th August 2010
2009 Group Exhibition of drawings at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
(Organised by DHOOMIMAL GALLERY)
2007 Group Exhibition of paintings at International Grand Hotal, New Delhi
(Organised by the Savera Association)
2007 Painting selected in annual exhibition of AIFACS, New Delhi
2006 Drawing selected in annual exhibition of AIFACS, New Delhi
2003 Group Exhibition of paintings & drawings at Lokayata Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 Interview by The Lexicon Collection, 101 Contemporary Indian Artists.
2010 Participated in INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS
Painting Exhibition “ AUTUMN@CWG2010”
2010 Participated in artists camp at ART MALL, New Delhi, from 4th Jan to 8th Jan
2009 Painting published in magazines "SAMAJ KALYAN"
Ministry of Women & Child Welfare
2009 Review Published in Creative Mind (ART MAGAZINE)
2009 Interview published in WOMAN’S ERA MAGAZINE March (I)
2009 Participated in workshop at AIFACS, New Delhi
2009 Participated in artists camp at Art Mall, New Delhi, 2nd January to 6th January’09
2008 Book "DARD APNA-APNA" selected by Central Hindi Directorate
2006 Published my Drawings & Paintings in "SAHITYA ACADEMY MAGAZINE"
2006 Drawings published in literary magazines "HANS"
2006 Participated in workshop at AIFACS, New Delhi
2005 Drawings published in literary magazines "PASHYANTI"
2004 Participated in junior artists camp at AIFACS, New Delhi
2004 Participated in "100 canvas 100 artists 100th Birth Anniversary" of Shri Mulk Raj Anand
1994 Established "ELLORA" The Group of Designers
1991 30- Short Stories & Sketches published in literary magazines
1990 My Story "Ghar ki Deewareyn" & Sketch published in daily newspaper
1989 Participated in Poster Competition & won the 1st Prize
(Organised by R.L.A.C. - Delhi University)
1987 Participated in workshop of paintings at Ragmala Studio
1984 Participated in all India Poster Competition (Organised by Coffee Board)
2010 “ALL INDIA EXHIBITION CWG 2010 PAINTING AWARD” BY GALLERY INDRAPRASTHA, DELHI
2010 2nd BHIKU RAM JAIN ART AWARD "ART-MALL" DELHI
2009 “PARMA SAPANDAN CHITARKALA AWARD” BY SAPANDAN ORGANISATION, BHOPAL
1. "BHEED KI BARF" Poems & Paintings
2. " DARD APNA-APNA" Short Stories
From this book a story as a "TETE FILM" Telecasted from Jalandhar Doordarshan
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