The Complex and Mesmerizing Digital Art of Archan Nair
Archan Nair is an incredibly passionate and vibrant individual who has a deep fascination and appreciation for all things ‘life’. His art reflects his excited curiosity, one that took hold at the age of 24 and directed him down a new path of self exploration and expression through visual art. We caught up with Archan for a wonderful conversation about art, nature and the fascinating connections between them.
Has art always been your path?
I never had formal training, nor was I inclined towards drawing or painting while growing up. In fact, I was an entrepreneur as a part of my family business. I began working in the fashion industry around 2002, when I joined my family’s apparel manufacturing company. Around 2006 I accidentally started experimenting with visual art.
I was in awe of the fact that I could create something out of nothing. Around 2007 I called it quits on the day-to-day work at my company and started my beautiful journey as an independent artist. It was the most difficult and confusing decision but it was worth it!
Do you have a mentor or an idol ?
The paintings and sonic frequencies that nature creates just blow my mind… My favorite artist for sure! But in the human realm – musically, I have been really loving Odesza these days. Also, Iris Van Herpen for her mind-blowing haute couture fashion.
Do you have a studio space?
Absolutely! I converted my childhood bedroom into my studio, which is pretty decent in terms of space. I basically removed everything and painted the walls with some abstract madness.
It’s quite messy but I love the vibe! It has a small temple room that is only accessible through my studio.
What is your greatest inspiration?
I am fascinated by the fact that everything from the macro to the micro seems so perfectly interconnected. That the way everything works (from the biggest stars to the minute and invisible particles) is so intelligent. Nothing seems to be random but seems random most of the time. This weirdness is beautiful and I love exploring it.
If you had the power to change one thing, what would it be?
I feel everything needs to takes its own natural course but if I had to change anything, it would be to bring more light and love into everyone’s consciousness. I would have everyone realize that we are part of one organism called Earth and that love is all there is.
But I feel this change is happening slowly and it is beautiful!
Have you ever collaborated with another artist? How was that experience for you?
Absolutely! I have collaborated with visual artists and musicians before and it has been incredibly interesting. To tap into another artist’s space and interpret their journey while sharing my own with them is something beautiful.
Do you have a favorite piece or series that is closest to your heart?
All my works are super close to me but this portrait series is my favorite.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your life and how has it impacted your practice?
I think when my father passed away, and the times which followed after that were extremely difficult for me. I was a teenager then, and the next decade was full of struggles and learning.
I think our experiences shape us, and I have no regrets about anything that happened to me, the positives and negatives all have contributed to who I really am.
Where did you grow up? What was it like growing up as a creative person in your culture?
I grew up in India, and have been greatly influenced by its intricately layered culture. India is extremely diverse, colorful and magical! It is full of so much love, spirit and happiness. I love the twisted patterns and emotions which are embedded to India’s core.
Comparing it with other places, it feels like a different planet altogether. The people are more warm and loving and open and accepting.
Everything we experience here is so different… even the air smells different. Being exposed to so many traditions and festivals and having a diverse group of people around certainly makes you learn a lot.