Animals and humans have a deep and emotional connect. Artists from across the world have captured the beauty of animals in different art forms. While some were moved by the freedom and flight of winged birds, others were inspired by the power and strength of bulls and horses, each found a muse in their innocence. Here are some of the best Indian artists who have illustrated the beauty of these stunning animals in different forms.
Amar’s art is an ode to the bluebird of happiness that vanished in the world full of cooing pigeons. His paintings are like a breath of fresh air, bringing a cool breeze in the dull, lifeless world. The artist found his muse in pigeons who represent peace, love, and harmony. He brings life to the mellow cooing and fluttering of these birds, that are silenced by the honking cars, loudspeakers, running machines and other sounds causing noise pollution. Among these deafening and mind-numbing sounds, Amar found solace in the pigeon’s cooing. He thinks this is the last interaction left with nature in the ever-expanding cities. Amar’s paintings reconnect human beings with nature by preserving this dying communication between humans and birds. Looking at the details in the birds’ wings, the animated subjects, vibrant colours, and beautiful brushwork, one can almost hear the cooing and fluttering of these birds, trying to communicate with humans, showing them, how beautiful nature is.
Deeply inspired by the flying birds and blossoming flowers, Debabrata Hazara’s paintings recreate the beauty of nature on his canvas. Just like mother nature, his art is complex and consists of a variety of colours and textures. Interaction— be it between the birds and flowers, or between us and the art— is the main premise of these paintings. One can clearly see the birds fearlessly flying and communicating with the plants, extracting the nectar from the flowers, chirping on the branches and singing praises to the mother nature. Debabrata’s art prompts to the Post-Impressionist or the Expressionist era. His elegant brushwork, varying strokes, intricate details, painstakingly done stippling connect the onlookers to the paintings from early 20th-century. The earthy tones of his paintings would remind one of the flowers pressed in old books, similar to those flowers, Debabrata’s paintings would make one nostalgic and bring them closer to nature.
Well known for his artistic designs, motifs and intricate details, Vivek Kumavat is one of the most celebrated Indian artist. He found his muse in the strong yet innocent Nandi bull calf. The artist uses Nandi, who is Shiva’s vehicle, as a canvas on canvas, to portray incidents from Shiva’s life. Set on a monochromatic tapestry-like background, Vivek’s Nandi is rich in colours and is engaging to the onlookers’ eyes. The artist picks stories from the rich Hindu mythology and inscribes them on Nandi, giving him a festive look. Vivek’s Nandi resonates with Indian bulls beautifully adorned with ornaments during the Indian festivals of Dussehra and Diwali. Often, Vivek paints two or three bulls—with intricately drawn images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses—dancing and celebrating, enhancing the festive look of these gorgeous bulls.
On a monochromatic and simple background, Shrennath creates stunning collages by interweaving different tones and textures. The simple setting ensures that the subject attracts the onlooker’s attention. Shreekanth combines different textures, tones and shapes of cloth and paper to create the majestic bull; his subject on canvas. Though the artist uses a variety of material to create his artwork, the final piece is a gorgeous, monochromatic bull, with only a few hints of other colours. His bull though macular, powerful and splendid, looks festive and joyous. Unlike the enslaved bull, that helps human beings, Shreekanth’s bull is festive and free-spirited.
The play of colour and light captivated Dinkar’s attention, though he has never recreated the same colours on his canvas, he found the idea thrilling. He breaks his palette in different block of colours and create stunning background on his canvas with these changing tones, which gives a unique look and texture to his paintings. He then paints the gorgeous yet powerful animals on this backdrop. The artist uses angular brush strokes to make numerous geometrical shapes in his paintings, hinting towards the cubist art form. The play of contrasting tones and textures is Dinkar’s signature style. He paints playing, galloping and running horses and bulls in his paintings, depicting the animals in their wild and free form, away from human civilisation, celebrating their lives and freedom in nature.
Jiban Biswas’ paintings are modern ode to the sacred animal; cow. He compares the present-day scenarios with what has been a part of our lives for a long time. At first he adorns the cow with traditional decorations such as bells, chains and velvet yokes. He then adds modern adornments such as funky sunglasses, tattoos, eyeshadow, and anklets, almost portraying the influence of current generation on the cows. In a way, Jiban portrays the influence of modern ornaments and objects on the simple and sacred animal cow, who is though following the modern customs, is still at calm and peace with her own true nature.