Founder of 'Animal', 'Nubula' and 'Indianama', artist Kunel Gaur’s personal visual style is influenced by functional design, brutalist architecture and the design movement that emerged in the 1950s, which has evolved as a response to the overwhelming use of embellishment in visual communication, both online and offline. The visual artist has previously worked on a multitude of campaigns, including a collaboration with six artists to design surfboards for Pharrel Williams' Pink Beach collection for Adidas Originals.
In their most recent campaign, Kunel and Animal worked on a commercial that featured Bollywood actor Siddhant Chaturvedi. With Indianama, Kunel showcases Indian aesthetics, interlinked with social causes and commentary, and creates a space for dialogue on Indian design. For Nubula’s most recent campaign, Kunel collaborated with Nike to create a series of AR-compatible designs inspired by the vibrant city of Delhi.
Web3’s most discerning art space has now collaborated with curator Kunel Gaur to call on some of the best artists from across the country to work on a digitally native auction for up to 23 unique artworks inspired by the iconic Kohinoor diamond. The iconic shape of the diamond lent itself to artists to visualise different faces of India that present as opportunity and collateral damage, all the way into 2147; 200 years from independence.
Kollur 2147 seeks to reimagine the Kohinoor or the ‘Mountain of Light’ diamond symbolising all that was looted from India during centuries of colonialism. Exploring the varied cultural, psychological and philosophical elements of society in India that had, have and will be impacted by the British colonial rule. The project highlights distinctive fronts ranging from visual arts, technology, cinema to spirituality and politics, amongst others.
From hundreds of entries, the finest were hand-picked by Kunel for this iconic sale. Some of the artists taking part include The Big Fat Minimalist, Prateek Vatash, Reshidev Rk, Setu Choudhary, Frick Ltd., Amar Chaurasia, Anubhav Kesarwani, and Rohan Joglekar. These digital artworks have been available for purchase from the 26th of January on the platform.
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