Down to Earth

by Ashu Gupta
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Size: 36 inches (diameter)
Medium: Pen and Ink on Canvas
Year: 2020


The artwork depicts elaborately detailed trees, and serves as a reminder to always remain grounded in life. The way we interpret the leafless trees, speaks about the kind of perspective or outlook we hold towards life. For some, the edges might appear as roots, while to others, they might look like branches. Either way, the artist has used the tree as a metaphor, to showcase the importance of strength, resilience and character in our lives. While the leaves or fruits of the tree may fall, what remains through the seasons, are the roots and branches - the foundation.
This artwork is fitted with a rotating frame, which allows it to be rotated on display as per preference. It measures 36 inches in diameter, and the framed size is 40.5 inches in diameter.
  • ABOUT Ashu Gupta

    Ashu Gupta is an emerging contemporary artist whose practice is an exercise in introspection. A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Design in Raipur, Ashu also holds a certificate from London’s Royal College of Art Contemporary Art Summer School. She developed her artistic practice through experimentation with pattern making, allowing intricate motifs to slowly emerge as larger forms. Working predominantly with pen and ink, Ashu uses hundreds of thousands of repeating patterns and stippling in her work. In recent times, she has started experimenting with other techniques such as paper piercing and thread work, which are extremely challenging to execute. Ashu’s deeply layered, mostly black and white compositions offer the possibility of a new interpretation with every glance. Her subjects are always emphasized, with nothing to distract from the beauty of her stunning pieces.

    With an artistic style that is both distinct and confident, Ashu’s works have been collected by seasoned art collectors, in what are still the early years of her professional journey. Ashu has participated in several group exhibitions across India, and also held solo exhibitions at Gallery Sublime, Bangalore in 2017 and at Artisera in August 2020 and August 2022. She has been nominated for the prestigious Lalith Kala Academy Awards (2016-17 and 2017-18) and the 2017 Bombay Art Society Awards. The artist lives and works in Bangalore.

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