In the last few months, digital collage art has grown to become a popular trend for digital artists around the world. Indian artists caught up to the trend as well, and our feeds were showered with some brilliant digital collages. We speak to the cream of the digital crop about their artworks and style

YASH SHETTY

Yash Shetty’s visual catalogue is diverse, and the artist likes to keep changing his style. His artistic range goes from macabre and dystopian to warm and summery. “My artwork is about creating a sense of peace and visual harmony. When creating a piece, I don’t approach it thinking of a particular subject in mind. I discover the direction I’m taking while piecing the artwork together. And I strongly believe that art is never done. It can always be bettered,” explains Shetty. Instagram: @iamshettyyy

RAHUL V MATHEW

Rahul V Mathew was one of the first digital collagists who rose to fame for his classic, Indian painting collages last year. Since then, Mathew has evolved his artistic portfolio, with more unique collages, as well as album and magazine covers. “It has been a year since I started experimenting with digital collages as a technique to create art. I find it very liberating, as it helps me communicate bizarre issues that are information-heavy. I enjoy the process of evolving a design. I believe that is where the learning starts, and the process that you follow can help in creating multiple ideas and outputs, further helping you branch out your thought process,” he says. Instagram: @rahul_v_mathew

TABREZ

Tabrez Alam’s artworks don’t clearly fall under the boundaries of digital collages or aren’t as complex as others, but are still a beautiful form of expression. He blends movie stills with classic paintings, which has helped him garner an impressive social media following, and his own group of admirers. “My approach to these artworks is based on how a movie made me feel, and what emotion a frame evokes. I then try to find a suitable painting with a similar colour palette, while still having the same objects in the painting that the scene originally had. I think that ties it all together well, with a little sense of reality while you splash the piece with your interpretation,” says Alam. Instagram: @tabrezthethird

PINKOBLUE

Pinkoblue aka Dipanshu Singhall had always been inclined towards art, but a push from his parents and his college professor Shubha Srivastava, helped him get his foot in the door. Singhall’s art heavily takes inspiration from India’s culture and mythologies, paired with vibrant colours and intricate symbolism. “I believe I am a very colourful person, and that is also one thing that I want to reflect in the collages I make. That’s why I use vibrant colours. Things that inspire me the most are the universe and flora, which are also a huge part of my collages,” he describes. Instagram: @pinkoblue

THE BIGEYED COLLAGIST

Sarah Kaushik aka The Bigeyed Collagist’s artworks always merge two themes that juxtapose each other. Kaushik’s classifies her process as an “automated process”, where the contrasting images invite the thought and visual to find each other. “I extensively use vintage imagery from India and beyond, to create scenarios of the current times. These unexpected compositions address the boundaries between various social, political, and cultural stigmas concerning our society, eventually hoping to achieve a tolerance for the complexity and diversity,” says Kaushik. Instagram: @thebigeyed_collagist

SEHER KHAN

Seher Khan was born and raised in Oman, but came to Mumbai when she was 20. She’s a stylist, and her art is heavily influenced by fashion. Her style can be termed as synchronised chaos, as various elements are spread across the canvas, with a human element tying them all together beautifully. “I believe I possess a good sense of colour and composition, which are both crucial for collaging. I remember buying my first iPad, which marked the beginning of everything. I slowly started collaging digitally, and people started to notice. With the support, I was motivated, and I deep dived into it straight away.” Instagram: @seherkhanart