Anamika Venkatesh started her career in architecture, and spent a considerable amount of time working as an architect. She now commits to her artwork full-time enhancing and refining her unique methodology. Her process leads her to create paintings in series, each focusing on different subtle changes in the human experience. Her work is comprised of texture and complex layers demonstrating her interaction with canvas.
Here we share an exclusive interview with Anamika Venkatesh:
Can you tell us your backstory and how you got into the art world?
I was naturally drawn to creativity and enjoyed expressing myself through activities such as coloring, drawing, and creating things from scratch. As I grew older, I developed a passion for architecture and pursued it as my field of study. It was during my time in architecture school that I was formally introduced to the world of art, including painting, sculpture-making, photography, etc.
After completing my studies, I found a job and began using painting as a means to escape the monotony of everyday life. In 2019, I had my first art show, which was a success. Moving to the US provided me with an opportunity to pursue my passion for art full-time.
Can you tell us more about what influences your work?
Certainly! My work is heavily influenced by my background in architecture. As an architect, I am naturally inclined toward design, composition, and structure, which reflects in my art. Additionally, I draw inspiration from nature, especially the textures, colors, and patterns found in the natural world. I also find inspiration in the cities I have lived in, including the unique architecture, culture, and energy of each place.
How would you describe your signature style and technique?
I often use geometric shapes, and clean lines, and focus on composition and balance in my works. I pay close attention to the perspective of buildings as it is essential to the overall effect of my pieces. The basics of my work are like making a perspective in architecture.
When I was a student, we used to work mostly by hand, and very rarely on AutoCAD. I really like the drawings made manually and wanted to create something similar in painting. The use of gel medium smooth gives me a finish with depth and body. My technique is still evolving, and I am continually exploring new textures and approaches while retaining a clean and minimalist aesthetic.
Are there any exhibitions or events you are planning?
As part of a group exhibition, I recently showed my artwork at the Slip Gallery in Seattle and I’m currently showing my artwork at Kasama also in Seattle. Then I have a show coming up in June at Edmonds Art Fair in Edmonds, WA. As for future exhibitions or events, I am constantly exploring new opportunities to showcase my art, and I am always open to collaborations or invitations from galleries or curators.
What is the best advice you received as an artist?
One of the best pieces of advice I received as an artist is to always be true to myself and my own artistic vision. It’s essential to create work that is meaningful to me and not just what I think others will like or what is currently trending. This advice has helped me stay authentic to my own style and has led to more fulfilling and successful artistic endeavors.
For more information please visit Anamika’s website: anamikavenkatesh.com
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