It is no secret that we have long been enchanted by the legend of the archetypal waterman – who, as Rahul Malaney concisely sums up, ‘a human being that feels completely comfortable in the ocean no matter what the conditions are like’. Unmistakably one amongst these elemental beings who avidly responds to the call of the ocean himself, he was joined by Jill Ferguson, who subscribes to a similar lifestyle that transgresses the generation’s consumerist trappings to respect the mighty and selfless ocean – and the environment – for the phenomenon that it is.
Harshvardhan Kadam started off as a comic book artist in 2007, when he registered the term ‘Inkbrushnme’ rather cluelessly, except for the knowledge that he wanted to draw. “Illustration is a beautiful river where one sees a union of various tributaries of visual arts, primarily fine arts and design, and its applications in this vulnerable industry is boundless,” he waxed lyrical, the last time we caught up with him. The 29-year-old is the founder of Inkbrushnme Studios, a specialized studio for public art murals, character design and illustration.
“I love street art as a form of expression because it’s open to everybody who uses the streets as a transition space in their waking moments. My process is mostly an intuitive intersection between mediums, heavily influenced by science fiction, patterns in nature and urban underground culture,” the artist explains to us a little bit about the various media he works with. “Rendered almost exclusively in a monochromatic palette and line-based compositions that have come to be synonymous with Drift, the final works have a hypnotic, meditative quality. I work in the publishing industry as an art director a few months in a year to fund my projects. Having had a strong presence in the Indian street art scene, I am passionate about using street art to establish deeper connections with people.
I’ve never met Miles Toland. As luck would have it, the visionary artist happens to be being sheltered by the wonderful folk of Vaayu who just happen to be old friends. When we first discussed the possibility of a tete-a-tete with him, I accepted fairly nonchalantly; his process sounded intriguing enough but I was in no way prepared for the profound impact actually seeing his work would have on me.