Eye on Instagram: From worlds of fantasy to quintessential desi life

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By @anjalimehta92 on Instagram

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!

 

@colorsofhoney

The artwork of Hanifa Abdul Hameed is dominated by female characters, bright and bold colours, South Asian and South East Asian motifs, and a hat tip to various causes, immigrant and otherwise.

 

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A post shared by Hanifa Abdul Hameed (@colorsofhoney)

 

@deadtheduck

Mumbai-based illustrator Madhav Nair embodies irreverence in his trippy sketches, replete with phantasmagorical figures, LSD-effect colours and esoteric symbolism.

 

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A post shared by madhav nair (@deadtheduck)

 

@by_shibani

Ceramic artist Shibani posts, as promised, about her hand-painted wares inspired by a love for nature and Indian heritage — from sari clad teapots to gorgeously floral name tiles and a whole lot more.

 

@priberry

Follow Prathiksha B for her take on the art of the mundane, realistic body positivity, a healthy dose of cats thrown into the mix and an artistic take on gender issues.

 

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A post shared by Prathiksha B (she/they) (@priberry)

 

@th.mansi

There is more than a hint of the arcane in the artworks of illustrator Mansi, whose depictions of women tend to the witch/goddess/demoness-like, with powerful nocturnal and magical motifs intertwined. She has also illustrated books on Hindu mythology.

 

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A post shared by Mansi (@th.mansi)

 

@nidhijacob_art

Richly detailed, bursting with life and colour and intensely floral these are the murals put together by Nidhi Mariam Jacob, whose fantasy gardens are easily a soothing wonderland one can get lost in.

 

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A post shared by Nidhi Mariam Jacob (@nidhijacob_art)

 

@ccbadesigns

The official Insta handle of Harvard & MIT alumni professor and master architect @christopherbenninger, which made a debut just months ago, the page offers a fascinating insight into his firm’s concepts of architectural aesthetics and town planning.

 

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A post shared by CCBA Designs (@ccbadesigns)

 

@danger.cat

A childlike appeal of fantasy permeates through the illustrations of Sonali Zohra, who draws for children’s books amongst other things. There’s myth and legend, monsters and heroes, animal companions, magical landscapes, and lots more to delve into.

 

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A post shared by Sonali Zohra (@danger.cat)

 

@anjalimehta92

Adulting is encapsulated with amusement and honesty in the bright urban life paintings by artist Anjali Mehta, whose kitschy illustrations also dot phone covers and other paraphernalia.

 

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A post shared by Anjali Mehta (@anjalimehta92)

 

@joyeeta.joyart

Intimacy, Bengali life, women’s portraits, quirk and deeply desi flavour come alive at Joyeeta’s brush-tip. Watch out for buxom allure, kohl-lined eyes and plentiful flowing locks creating swirls of beauty on her canvases.

 

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A post shared by Studio Joyeeta ® (@joyeeta.joyart)

 

 

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