Aiming to create experiences, artist Basist Kumar holds a dialogue with Ayushi Sharma.
Sometimes all it takes is a familiar smell or taste to evoke an old memory. It takes you back in time where it was created. Artist Basist Kumar tries to return to realism by diving back into his memories where he encounters picturesque scenes of nature to capture those moments in his paintings, which are almost impossible to reproduce.
Basist says, “We live in a time and age where everything is so fast-paced. We neither have the urge nor the will to go into nature’s depths. Nature is literally at the margins and has taken a back seat in our lives. Using oil and acrylic, I have painted landscapes featuring trees, mountains and valleys which are overwhelming when one goes deeper.”
Since childhood, he has felt a link with nature. He stared at starry skies and felt a spiritual connection with the universe. He tries to bring out stillness which also seems to be a part of the continuous transformation that nature goes through. His love for nature, rather than landscapes, he says, is born out of a need to create experiences and not things that represent them. “I am interested in intriguing the imaginative spaces through something ordinary, as if there is more to what we actually see. Sometimes saying less can be more effective and so I have taken a step back from more narrative or conceptual forms to a more direct and experiential expression. I also believe that it could be conveyed in many different styles and language, but painting landscapes came naturally to me,” he says.
Most of Basist’s works don’t exist as they appear. “Since I enjoy taking photographs also, it’s hard to match the vision through the images that I have collected. I paint by getting references from the pictures that I have captured till now, and they don’t even exist in reality because of the evolution and transformation in nature. Everything doesn’t exist in detail in memories, that is why these works are an amalgamation of my mental pictures and the captured photos,” says Basist.
Nothing is ever really lost as long as we remember it in our memories, believes the artist.
(The show Gazing at Reality is on display at Nature Morte Gallery.)
Writer: Ayushi Sharma
Source: The Pioneer