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Featured Artist of The Week: Aakash Rajendra Mali!

Featured Artist of The Week: Aakash Rajendra Mali!

"Aakash Rajendra Mali was born in 1999 in Vadodara district, Gujarat, India to a family of farmers.

After graduation from high school, he pursued an Interior Design at the Centre for Environmental

Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad. The design schooling was a starting point to provide him an

exposure to the Fine Art discipline. Aakash discovered a new visual vocabulary inspired by the Kota

Paintings and has been working on subjects such as animal hunting, Urban Poverty, Fantasy

Landscape and reimagining folktales such as the Arabian Nights.

The Sikar series is thought to explore and revisit the subject such as animal hunting and help the

viewer to comprehend the subject with a new perspective and to encourage the idea of coexistence.

While ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ explores the narrative and imaginative subject and an

experiment on combining fluid forms, Interior elements and appearance of the characters into his

paintings.

His current works “The Bird’s Home” series stems from an engagement with nature through strange

combinations of spaces, motifs, Botanical and observational elements and figures."


Selected artwork:


Artworks in order:


Fantasy Landscape VII , 2021, (Painting) Oils on Handmade paper, 74 w x 55 h cm, 560 USD


The painting is a part of “The Fantasy Landscape” series. The artwork

depicts an Imaginative landscape with juxtaposition of floral, Motifs and Figures.


The Night of Betrayal , 2021, (Painting) Oils on Canvas board, 40 w x 30 h cm


The painting is a part of “One Thousand and One Nights” series. The series

is based on The Arabian Nights Entertainment, edited by Andrew Lang after the edition of Longmans,

Green and Co, 1918 (1898).

The painting depicts an imagined scene in which the Sultan Schahriar accidentally discovered that his

wife had deceived him for several years and ordered his grand-vizir to give her death penalty.



The Sin, Cries and Lamentations, 2021 (Painting) Oils on Canvas board, 40w x 30h cm


The painting is a part of “One Thousand and One Nights” series.

The series is based on The Arabian Nights Entertainment, edited by Andrew Lang after the edition of

Longmans, Green and Co, 1918 (1898).

The painting depicts how the Sultan Schahriar in hate and anger declared that at bottom all women

were as wicked as his wife. So, every evening he married to a fresh wife and had her strangled the

following morning.


Tale of Toys I, 2021, (Drawing) Pastels, Wax Crayons and Ink on Handmade paper, 23.4 w x 18.1 h cm, 280 USD


The drawing captures dramatically lined toys showcased at my home as

observational part and an imagined ghostly headed figures.


Bird's Home I, 2021, (Drawing) Pastels, Colour pencil, Ballpoint pen, Wax Crayons and Ink on Handmade paper, 25 w x 20.1 h cm, 280 USD


The drawing is a part of “The Bird’s Home” series. The drawing depicts Botanical

elements with a strange combination of Interior elements such as a wooden carved framed mirror,

which provide a gateway to the winged cat, a flying boat, fish and two headed figure.



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