Artist NS Harsha on how he paints

By N.S. Harsha | The Guardian

I start a painting with a vague thought – it could be based on my everyday experience, or something else altogether – and from there a story begins to take shape. However, for me, painting isn't always about creating solid narratives. I fill my work with gaps and loose ends; I want to lead and mislead the viewer. Ambiguity makes a picture very exciting.

I like the visual flatness of my works when viewed from afar, but, upon closer observation, they reveal hundreds of stories and mysteries. This is an interesting social metaphor for me. I think living in a country which has the one of largest populations constantly influences me to think about human form. Life is visually very intense in this part of the world.

20 December 2009