Renaissance Art- renaissance means rebirth. It was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life in the early modern period. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence was felt in literature, philosophy, art, music, politics,science,religion, and other aspects of intellectual inquiry. Main artists were also great masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, El Greco etc.
• Modern art movement- includes artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art produced during that era. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. Modern artists experimented with new ways of seeing and with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art. A tendency toward abstraction is characteristic of much modern art. More recent artistic production is often called Contemporary art or Postmodern art. My favourite modern artists were Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and many more.
• Post Impressionism- Post-Impressionists extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations: they continued using vivid colours, thick application of paint, distinctive brush strokes, and real-life subject matter, but they were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, to distort form for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary colour. Main artists were Georges Seurat , Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
• Pop art- is an art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc. The main pop artist was Andy Warhol.
• Miniature Art- I am very much inspired by Miniature Art. Miniature paintings possess a language entirely their own. The history of the Indian miniatures goes back to Persia After the conquest of Hindu India by the Muslim Persians, the workshops of the painters, weavers and architects were moved down over here, thus giving birth to Miniature Art paintings in Mughal style. .The paintings of this era have their own unique style, being influenced by the surroundings- the deserts, lakes, hills and valleys, as the case may .Colourful glimpses of history are provided by these paintings depicting hunting and court scenes, festivals, processions, animal and bird life, and scenes from the Raagmala and Raaslila -- Lord Krishna´s life story. The various schools of miniature art painting are Jodhpur School, Jaipur school, Kangra School, Mughal school, Mewar school. The beautiful art of miniature painting in India is a delight to behold and it is not surprising that its creation requires a great deal of skill, patience and imagination.
• Bengal Art movement- The Bengal School of Art was a style of art that flourished in India during the British Raj in the early 20th century. It was associated with Indian nationalism, but was also promoted and supported by British arts administrators. The nationalist project in art was led by Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) and some enlightened Europeans such as EB Havell, the principal of the Government School of Art in Calcutta from 1896, and Sister Nivedita ,deciple of mother Teressa, an associate of Swami Vivekananda. Moving away from oil painting and subjects that were popular with both the British and Indian intelligentsia, Abanindranath looked to ancient murals and medieval Indian miniatures for inspiration both for subject matter as well as indigenous material such as tempera. The philosophy of a Pan-Indian art that he developed found many enthusiastic followers and this came to be known as the Bengal School, The style developed by him was taken up by many of his students and others who formed the nationalist art movement often called the Bengal School, even though the style and philosophy spread well beyond the borders of Bengal. They sought to develop an indigenous yet modern style in art as a response to the call for ‘swadeshi’ to express Indian themes in a pictorial language that deliberately turned away from western styles such as those practiced by Raja Ravi Varma. Notable artists of the Bengal School include Asit Haldar, M.A.R Chughtai, Sunayani Devi and Kshitindranath Majumdar.
• Many more Art movements like Cubism, Surrealism, Pointalism, Neo classicism, Abstract art movement etc. inspired me a lot.
•Icons: I have portrayed very famous personalities and celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Madhubala, Princess Diana , Mother Teresa, Queen Elizabeth, Indira Gandhi, Frida Kahlo and many more. My favourite Indian artists are Tyeb Mehta, FN Souza, Bharti Kher, Chitrovanu Majumdar and Niladri Paul.