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!
Asfa Sabrin, originally from Assam and currently based in Switzerland, keeps her Insta page updated with a pictorial journal of her life. Her works offer reflection about human interaction and a range of paintings show characters engrossed in thought or in daily chores. A lingering presence of emotions and vulnerability underscores her work.
Naqvi Sarah’s Instagram profile is buzzing with pro-queer imagery and the page itself seems a safe haven for LGBTQ+ community to take inspiration from. There is ample messaging about body positivity and feminism, all through beautiful, thought-provoking art.
Aniruddh Mehta’s art consists primarily of symbols that are repeated over and over to create frames that are present — something that appears simple despite its inherent complexity. He most popularly uses imageries of record disks, cubes, blocks, etc. Aniruddh is also fascinated with architecture and tends to post photos of his favourite architectural finds regularly.
Jayesh Joshi is an artist from Bangalore. Although his handle has been overwhelmed with his selfies of late,, a large chunk of his relatively recent posts revolve around art. His art covers sensitive subjects relating to sexuality, masculinity, religion and the human body. He is comfortable with traditional as well as digital media.
Sarah Modak is a bold young artist from Mumbai. Before she started using her creative skills to speak about political causes close to her, her work was often rooted deep in the magical realms of flora and fauna. She uses a variety of art techniques and if one goes through her Instagram handle closely, one can find a wide array of works in ink, acrylic, and also in Kangra miniature style.