I wrote this introduction for an exhibition of paintings by Vikram Nayak:

Search for a key to understand Vikram’s works leads me into the labyrinthine realm of creative activity. I am met with a multitude of realizations that pose as many questions. The scene becomes as intricate as the paintings themselves. The laboriously rendered layers create an impression of infinite depth and flaunt artist’s incisive vision, dexterity, and patience. Each canvas suggests that there is more to it. Its gravity keeps drawing the artist deeper. This relation is saved from becoming a black hole because he always manages to bungee out into the tangible world.

Vikram engages with life as an active participant; as a performing artist, an activist, and above all as any other social animal. He is willing to go beyond the known limits of his self, never denying any possibilities. There is a scope for risk even in his most carefully planned strokes. It occurs as an element of red in many of his works, representing youthful vigour and fearlessness that contains the power to change everything—for better or for worse. It is this inquisitiveness that helps him perceive his environment and render it anew on his canvas. And he does it with such lucidity as if life was so easy to understand and articulate.

Such a creative process happens within the permeable periphery of self and the artist becomes the subject as well as the object. Mindfulness enables the artist. The degree of self-realization determines the quality which makes art and distinguishes it as valuable. It takes perseverance and discipline –the traits that have put Vikram in this continuum of exploration and refinement.

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