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Unveiling of International award winning artist Santanu Hazarika’s art exhibition “BLCK”, curated by Bina Aziz, previews on Thursday 10th February 2022 at Gallery Art & Soul

Date- 10th– 28th February 2022

Venue- Art & Soul, 1 Madhuli, Shiv Sagar Estate, Dr Annie Besant Rd, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018

Live Performance by Shruti Haasan.

Evening saw the presence of, Talat Aziz ,Harshvardhan Kapoor, Divine, Siddu Malhotra . Zarine khan,Azaan, Sunil Padwal , Gully boys rappers, Vivan Shah, Altaf Shaikh, Chinmay Deshpande, Vijay Rajput, Vinayak Pasula, Anushka Lotade, Mohit Mukhi, Kirti Narain (Gully Gang), Poonam Dhillon, Zeba Kohli, Niranjan Iyengar, Neena Kulkarni, Arzan Kambata & many more.
Santanu Hazarika has carved a name for himself in the world of visual art. His art is instantly recognizable and has a spontaneous recall value for trademark affinity towards creating fluidic visceral imagery. His monochromatic visual vocabulary is rooted in popular culture. The iconography is informed by an early exposure to art forms as varied as graphic novels, street art, sci-fi, animé, video games, fantasy, dark humor, metal music and mythology. These influences give form and color to experiences from his life. He is one of the fastest selling artists on the NFT platform, in a record time of 37 secs.

Winner of the world’s first Red Bull World Doodle Art Championship in 2014, amongst an entry of 32,000 from all over the world. ‘BLCK’ is Santanu’s first ever debut solo show that emerges as an exhibit of a phenomenon that presents a practice which is an enigma of the person who creates visual networks of personal histories, video gaming, popular culture and the skill to draw. It’s our moment for an art form to emerge from our interiors crafted and scripted by a genius image maker. Drawing heavily on Santanu’s love for monochromatic work, BLCK is all set to be an iconic display of black & white pieces that unsettle and challenge audience perceptions.

The 29-year-old self-taught artist views himself as a visual creator who transits seamlessly between design projects and art for art’s sake Santanu Hazarika says, “BLCK is an extension of my turbulent existence and the contentment it brings to me. I began my practice using the deep black tones of India Ink, so when you doodle using black ink, the metascape it allows is very graphic; there are no tonal qualities you rather depend on the ability to sketch, it absorbs light. BLCK is a reflection on my artistic practice which absorbs popular culture. Emotionally driven and violently molded, BLCK is an invitation into my world of comfortable turbulence”

Artist Curator Bina Aziz says, “Santanu is the New Age artist in this era of Digital Art, Cryptocurrencies and NFT’s. When I first met Santanu, his mind full of high energy and imagination, fascinated me. His head was spinning with ideas and thoughts which needed to be projected. I wanted his talent showcased to the outside world, which formed the reason for this show. BLCK is going to be a game changer in the world of art. It promises to be a fascinating experience for all art lovers as they visit the exhibition and walk through Santanu’s mind. He is definitely the artist to look out for in 2022!”

Tarana Khubchandani, Director, Art & Soul says, “My first interaction with the reticent yet highly personable and charming Santanu Hazarika, left me intrigued. As I familiarized myself with his visual language I found myself further intrigued about his inspiration, his muse, so to speak. Santanu’s powerful imagery stems from a mind that is influenced strongly by the written word, by music and by the graphic world of video games it inhabits. Art & Soul invites you to BLCK as we recreate the fascinating mindscape of Santanu Hazarika.”

About Santanu Hazarika – Hailing from the state of Assam, Santanu Hazarika is a multidisciplinary autodidact visual artist based in Mumbai. He dropped out of engineering to become the first ever Redbull World Doodle Art Champion in 2014. In a short span of few years, Santanu has a substantial roster of clients such as Red Bull International, Adidas, Reebok, Harper’s, NDTV, Ministry of Culture, Gully Gang, Azadi records, Ritviz, Nucleya, Major Lazer and hip-hop artists Raftaar, Divine among many others. He is also one of the pioneers of the NFT revolution in India, with his collaborative NFT with Ritviz selling as one of the fastest NFTs ever sold,in a record time of 37 secs. Santanu’s creativity has extended to varied projects that include designing and illustrating for showroom murals, cricket team buses, shoes, cars and music albums.

From group shows across the world to conducting workshops in the heart of Siberia, Santanu is the perfect example of a self-taught, independent artist.

Photography by Teej Datar

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