Radhika Choudhary - Artist Spotlight

Radhika Choudhary originally graduated in fashion design, but today, she is an abstract geometric artist with a highly individual visual language. Her work acts as a direct window into her life, exploring personal thoughts, emotions,...

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Radhika Choudhary - Artist Spotlight
"I am a very simple, minimal person who wants to break down every difficult scenario into smaller bits and then understand it. The same applies for the forms and compositions I produce."

Originally a fashion design graduate from NIFT, Delhi, today, Radhika Choudhary is an abstract geometric artist. Her formal design training has helped her to shape a highly individual visual language which she now translates into art. The artist's work acts as a direct window into her life, exploring personal thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Her acrylic paintings draw the viewer into a world of different geometric shapes, aligned to form a balanced, cohesive pattern - an interplay that evokes a sense of harmony and joy. 

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Q. How did you come to transition from earning a degree in fashion design to being an abstract artist? 

Art has always been a part of my life in some form, but becoming an artist was never on my radar. I had originally intended to use my creativity to pursue fashion design, as it was my dream job at the time and one that I was quite passionate about. I majored in fashion design in college and worked as an assistant designer for four years, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was living the life I had envisioned, yet there was something lacking. Then the epidemic struck, and I dug out my old brushes and canvas once more. I felt that missing component right away. I realized I couldn't ignore that spark any longer, so I made the decision to shift and become a full time artist.

Ikigai - Radhika Choudhary

 

Q. How has your design education impacted your artistic practice, you think? 

A. My design education has undoubtedly aided me in a variety of ways and has influenced my thinking. I learned a lot about colour, balance, themes, and putting imagination into reality as a design student and subsequently as a fashion designer. We experimented with a variety of styles and mediums over the course of our first year, and this geometric, minimalist style really resonated with me. I believe this approach allows me to communicate the most effectively, and I currently employ it in my paintings. It's simply become a part of my identity. Learning design software in college is also a huge plus in today's digital environment.

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Q. What drew you to geometric abstraction as your preferred form of expression?

I am an extremely visual individual. I tend to break items or complex structures down into simple shapes in my head. It's just how I think about things, which may explain why I'm so captivated by bridges and other intricate structures. The concept of simple basic shapes coming together to build something so complicated and impactful resonates with me, and it now manifests itself in my art, in which I use simple shapes to represent my thoughts and emotions.

Through Shades of Life - Radhika Choudhary

 

Q. Your subjects are entirely abstract, what do you draw on for their conceptualisation?

My artistic practice is based on my memories, emotions, and environment. Painting for me is a way to express and untangle my thoughts and feelings. What I feel, I doodle as shapes, I write a few lines about it, and later transfer this onto canvas. I also take a lot of pictures everywhere I go - a formation of clouds, plants in my house, some wall texture. They serve as inspiration for shapes or colour or even texture that I am slowly trying to introduce into my work. 

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Q. Your pieces are very clean and seem to have a very deliberate interplay between shapes and colours - how do you find the right balance in a composition? 

Playing Tetris and putting together difficult puzzles are two of my favorite things to do. They also serve as a source of inspiration for the compositions I create in my work. I like how you can put together oddly shaped parts to make a serene larger picture. I suppose this is where the fun shape interplay comes from. I begin with one core shape and overlay it with others till I have the feeling of making my own puzzle. Each new form must also be intriguing enough to stand alone. Creating balanced forms has become second nature to me over the years as a result of time and practice. I still get stuck every now and then, but I keep working on different permutations and combinations until I have a good feeling about a composition. During the creation process, I usually go with my instinct. Art is all about trusting your instinct and it is usually correct. 

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Q. Would you say you have developed a highly personal visual language? 

Yes! All of these years of being in a creative field, in my opinion, led to the development of a highly personal visual language. It has also assisted me in training my vision and thinking - it has just become a part of my total process and being.

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Q. Your work seems very minimal and controlled, would you say this is a reflection of your personality? 

My work is an expression of who I am. It's a reflection of how I'm feeling and thinking right now. If I had to choose a colour to represent myself, it would be yellow (bright sunny yellow), which appears in practically all of my work in one way or another. I am a very simple, minimal person who wants to break down every difficult scenario into smaller bits and then understand it. The same applies to the forms and compositions I produce.

Breathe - Radhika Choudhary - Return on Art

 

Q. You have the ambition to found your own design company. Could you tell us a bit more about this dream and what you envision?

Starting my own business, like choosing art as a career, was never in my plans. Since I began painting professionally, I've been considering how I might expand this into something bigger and generate more opportunities, as well as what my next steps should be. I enjoy both painting and design, so the idea of creating my own business came naturally. My design and art studio will be called ‘A Linear Dot’, which was the name I chose for my art practice when I first started out because it brilliantly conveys the work I do. It will be a mix of art and design, with me continuing to paint as well as working with a small team and other brands or companies to create limited edition designs (clothes, accessories), as well as launching a stationery line with my art as prints on various goods. I'd like to have a studio area with large windows that let in lots of light, a number of colourful desks, and some printing machines where I can work with my team to build the firm. In my mind, it's a happy sunny environment, full of colours and brightness. It’s still a pipeline dream but something that is also in the making. 

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Q. What would you still like to achieve as an artist or designer? 

As an artist, I'm just getting started, and there are so many things I want to accomplish. I'd like to have a solo show in New York or London, participate in in-person group exhibitions outside of India, create my own design studio, and work on a clothing or accessory partnership with some of the world's biggest fashion labels. It's a long list, but I know I've just just begun my path.

Soul and Aura - Radhika Choudhary - Return on Art

 

Q. What would you like your work to evoke? 

I want people to smile when they see my art and I want them to feel calm in the midst of the chaos of this world. I want to provide a secure haven where they may lose themselves in a world of bright colours and fun shapes. When people see my work, I want them to be at peace.

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Q. Which other creatives do you admire?

I appreciate Patrick Piccinelli's ability to document his process while also adding an element of surprise, resulting in these fascinating compositions; it's almost like watching a show where you never know what will happen next. Justin N.Kim's work is also something I admire a lot. I adore how he layers his works and creates a captivating tale. He develops these 3d abstract maps in lovely hues. Michèle Schoonackers is another artist who, in my opinion, is doing incredible work by producing wonderfully engaging compositions and using such a vibrant colour palette.

 

Q. Could you describe your work in three words?

Sunshine - Soothing - Fun

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