Eye on Instagram: From Indian wildlife to magical realism

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It might be called ‘The Gram’, but it’s worth a TON of exposure. Instagram has always been all about visual impact, and it’s where you find some of the finest artists in the world today, from the heavyweights to the hidden talent. Abir Pothi embarks on a series that will highlight the best of Instagram artists we manage to discover — those whose artistry you could take an ‘Insta-nt’ liking to!

 

@richakashelkar

Richa Kashelkar’s page has some lush, Impressionist-ic art, evoking the ethos and the susegaad beauty of Goa, both old and new.

 

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@kaverigeewhiz

Kaveri Gopalakrishnan holds magic realism up front in her art, in a spooky, celebratorily eerie way, inviting one in to experience a fairy-like flicker of the shadows.

 

@nabihaiderali

The young Shi’a Muslim Tamizhan brings an incredible array of culture into his illustrations, representing religion, heritage, warriors and scholars in a fierce anime-like style.

 

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@kaapicino

Gokul writes that he is an alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and illustrates some magical, gentle, pastel-swaddled portraits that capture the quirk of momentary emotion.

 

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@cerulean_ecstacy

This artist’s proclamation of being Bengali in her bio is visible in the subtle nuances of her art. Colours, motifs and emotions swirl in her newer artworks, which veer towards the abstract.

 

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@harmeetrahal

Funk, fuchsia and rebellion abound in the neon-bright illustrations by Harmeet Rahal. The kitsch of modern India and heavy political statements are two things he doesn’t shy away from.

 

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@sudarshan_shaw

A naturalist’s take on art. On Sudarshan Shaw’s page, we find an incredible and exciting mix of depictions of the wild world, coupled with a study of Indian folk art styles.

 

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@moonexplorer333

Chandrasen M Salvi showcases unabashedly surreal, abstract, chaotic and yet well-defined art, with bold hints of erotica in the mix.

 

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@sreshtasuresh.art

Cutesy, youthful, appealing, semi-autobiographical could be ways to describe the illustrations of Sreshta Suresh, who explores an intimate little world of discovery through her art.

 

@rahul.ram.s

Describing himself as a self-taught artist, there is the delight of childhood innocence in several illustrations here, as well as a celebration of nature.

 

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