Venus Thokchom New Delhi, India.
Curator's Note "Venus Thokchom hails from Manipur, a state which is filled with beauty and disquiet in equal ...
GETTING TO KNOW Venus Thokchom
"Venus Thokchom hails from Manipur, a state which is filled with beauty and disquiet in equal measure. Even while living and working in Delhi, much of his art is inspired by the North East. His portraits display the psychedelic colours associated with North Eastern cosmopolitanism, while in some works the melancholia of its almond eyed and high cheeked boned women is captured in various hues. His command over texture and colour, patterns and other elements of collage bring a vitality to his canvases that are unique to his nature."
Hailing from the beautiful yet disturbed state of Manipur, I was sent to Delhi at an early age, for the sake of my education. I thus grew up in a big city, away from my family, surrounded by a North Indian culture which was at once familiar yet alien. At the same time, there was a sense of rootedness towards my birthplace, as a result of my earliest conscious memories formed there. The tension inherent in these experiences is definitely a major driving force in my art.
My work consequently revolves around the juxtaposition of strongly contrasting colors, of flat areas of color and intricately patterned, textured areas, and of emotive, dynamic lines and a stillness of form and gesture. The almost schizophrenic nature of my existence, in the relatively peaceful yet anonymous metropolis, on the one hand, and on the other, in my more fraught yet personal hometown, is suggested obliquely through hallucinatory color and surreal imagery.
Delhi College of Arts