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Art & Life with Deepayan Bose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deepayan Bose.

Deepayan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve been interested in visual mediums as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of my grandmother telling my stories from Indian mythology about monsters and heroes. Since then, I would have images of other worlds in my head which pushed me to get those stories out visually.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I switch between photography, graphic design, and illustration. I can’t pinpoint my visual style/technique, but in the end, I am influenced by folklore and hope to mix ancient stories with modern/pop/counter culture. I think an ethereal/atmospheric nature is most important in my work. Even my photography work, I use post-processing techniques to achieve the another-worldly look and convey what I felt rather than what I saw.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think those making a living out of their art are becoming more self-sufficient with social media platforms such as Patreon/Instagram/Tumblr, etc. People are buying from local artists at smaller galleries and giving them more exposure.

Commercially, you’re seeing more special collaborations between organizations/brands and artists. “Artist Series” products are becoming more common. From my work as a graphic designer, I’m noticing a trend more detailed illustration/custom graphics with Avante Garde design elements rather than standard corporate branding.

As with all parts of the world, it’s becoming smaller and larger with the internet. It is also intimidating and the pressure to make something original with all this information/imagery we are bombarded with is pushing artists to find new techniques/ideas to make their work stand-out.

I think big cities can help artists by redefining what a gallery space is. Putting more art by local artists in stores/restaurants/cafes, etc. This is becoming very common and I think cities should continue the whole “DIY”/pop-up gallery thing.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My personal site is currently under construction/rebrand, but you can see most of my work on my Instagram @dbose. Also, I sell t-shirts on my TeePublic site:

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