Vivek Mathew /India

Poetry in the Prosaic 
What Vivek enjoys about photography is the opportunity to seek out the beauty inherent in the every day, to document the rarity in the commonplace.     He traveled for years searching for visually stimulating imagery through his explorations in various parts of India and a few other countries. with his keen eye for detail and intent appreciation towards design, brings together a series of 26 eye-capturing photographs based on patterns, shapes, shadows, light, reflections, and old heritage spaces.  Created over 18 years of subconscious photography across several locations, Vivek has now devotedly captured man-made and naturally formed symmetry, focusing on the stark differences and similarities between them.  Traveling around Bheemeshwari, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Colombo, Beijing, Nilgris, Delhi, and Mumbai, he has observed patterns of both kinds, which make this world so essentially perfect and beautiful.  Pictures from his travels have culminated into ‘Perfect Imperfections’ –celebrating imperfect beauty, in the perfect flow of sight. These patterns come together to form intricate designs, that are awe-inspiring and captivating. His exploration of vignettes past, over time he has grown as a photo artist. With increasing curiosity, maturity, and the thirst to explore the artistic nuances of digital photography, Vivek’s work, as some call it ‘poetry in the prosaic’, is a quintessential take on the times we live in.       

Poesía en lo prosaico
Lo que Vivek disfruta de la fotografía es la oportunidad de buscar la belleza inherente a lo cotidiano, de documentar la rareza en lo común. Viajó durante años en busca de imágenes visualmente estimulantes a través de sus exploraciones en diversas partes de la India y algunos otros países. Con su agudo ojo para el detalle y la apreciación intencionada hacia el diseño, reúne una serie de 26 fotografías que captan la atención basadas en patrones, formas, sombras, luz, reflejos y antiguos espacios patrimoniales. Tras 18 años de fotografía inconsciente en diversos lugares, Vivek se ha dedicado a capturar simetrías creadas por el hombre y formadas naturalmente, centrándose en las marcadas diferencias y similitudes entre ellas. Viajando por Bheemeshwari, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Colombo, Pekín, Nilgris, Delhi y Mumbai, ha observado patrones de ambos tipos, que hacen que este mundo sea tan esencialmente perfecto y bello. Las imágenes de sus viajes han culminado en "Perfect Imperfections", que celebra la belleza imperfecta en el flujo perfecto de la vista. Estos patrones se unen para formar intrincados diseños, que son asombrosos y cautivadores. Tras su exploración de las viñetas, con el tiempo ha crecido como artista fotográfico. Con su creciente curiosidad, madurez y sed de explorar los matices artísticos de la fotografía digital, la obra de Vivek, como algunos la llaman "poesía en lo prosaico", es la quintaesencia de los tiempos que vivimos.

Vivek Mathew’s tryst with photography began with a simple thought – capturing the brilliance of a moment. While the world around us has changed beyond recognition, the moments he captures have become anchors of the timeless. They allow us to look at the world and our lives through the essence of moments society no longer has the time to pause and reflect on.  Having completed his education at Asia’s top-notch institution – The Light and Life Academy, Ooty – Vivek has gone on to bring life into Fine Art, Architecture, Travel,  Nature, People,Industrial and Interiors, through his photography.  Considered as one of the “Young and Unusual” photographers of today by India Today Magazine, he has also been featured in prestigious publications – The Times Journal of Photography, Time Out, Design Today, Better Interiors, National Geographic Traveller India, Forbes India, Smart Photography, Bangalore Mag, The Times of India, Femina, Classic Imaging and Women's Wear Daily -New York. 

Solo Exhibitions 
Adding perspective to his works are his exhibitions, which have brought to light several aspects of daily life.  I.Opener in 2005 at the ‘Renaissance Gallerie’ focused on subjects ranging from still life to portraits to exteriors, as Waterborne in 2007 at ‘Industree’, experimented with ripples, reflections and patterns. His third exhibition at ‘Sublime’, UB City in 2011 – Canvas Wall – was inspired by the rustic and the crude. His fourth exhibition, Perfect Imperfections, in February 2015 at the ‘Art of Delight’ dealt with nature and man-made patterns.  His fifth show, Yesterday Once More, in March 2017 at ‘Venkatappa Art Gallery’ was an array of architectural windows, chronicling time and stories, from different cities. His 6th solo exhibition Fluid Stillness, Life between Bangalore’s ripples,  at ‘Venkatappa Art Gallery' in March 2018, celebrated the beauty of Bangalore’s lakes captured in a myriad of colours. His 7thsolo exhibition, Bygone Vignettes at 'Venkatappa Art Gallery' in February 2019 captures Vivek’s intimate relationship with all those elements that made Bangalore a sought-after British Cantonment.

Group Exhibitions 
Bangalore Photography Festival – in April 2007 - Leela Galleria, Bangalore 
ShootOut at Ranga Shankara - a part of the Theatre Festival at Ranga Shankara in October 2007, Bangalore - Curated by photographer, Pallon Daruwala 
Behind the Lens – in February 2009 at Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore – Curated by Ajay Rajgarhia 
Wide Angle - in October 2009 – Alliance Francaise, Delhi 
Streets – in January 2010 at Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore – Curated by Lina Vincent and Fiza Ishaq 
Pressure to Globalize - in April 2011, Page Turners, Bangalore – Curated by Mahesh Bhat 
The Festive Spirit - in October 2013 - Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore
Urbanscapes  - August 2014, at 1 MG Road Mall by Galerie De Arts – Curated by Deepa Subramanian and Franck Barthelemy 
The Many Faces of India – February 2015, at 1 MG Road Mall by Galerie De Arts, Bangalore 
Photo Exhibition Fundraiser- April 2015, at Art Of Delight by Aarogya Seva 
Whitefield Art Collective – February 2016, at VR Bengaluru by Art Chutney 
Small and Beautiful – December 2016, at Art Houz, Bangalore 
Happiness For  Sale – December 2016, at Galerie De Arts, Bangalore 
Pivotal 2017 Highlights  - February 2018 at Gallery  Manora, Bangalore  
Kala For Vidya – January 2019 at Taj West End/RMZ EcoWorld by Rotary Club of Bangalore and The Art Loka 
Waning – October 2019 at Gallery Manora – Curated by Gomathi Suresh 
Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore 
Wonderwall, Delhi 
iArt Gallery, Bangalore

He has also contributed to three coffee table books – The Laidlaw Memorial High School, Ketti, Nilgris, for their 100 years, Innovate Bengaluru and Best of Bangalore Vol .2 Innovation Edition. Commercial Projects Vivek’s unique eye has been a part of several commercial projects and ad campaigns, the most prominent one being that of Bangalore Traffic Police’s “Don’t Drink and Drive” initiative. Manipal Education, First Flight, Lenovo, Volvo, The Leela Hotel, Home Solutions, Shell, Vimal, Bosch, Thought Works, Nikon, Wrigleys, Tata Global Beverages, Ubuntu, Indus Strong Steel, Minster, Thann, Ceebros, VR Bengaluru, Aranyani, Chancery Hotel, Seco Tools, Sterling Developers, Jayalakshmi Group, Thomas Associates, RSP Architects, RBD Shelters, Soul Space and Belmonte.  He has several years of experience working with the best creative minds in India’s sought-after advertising agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, Contract Advertising, Grey Worldwide, Temple Advertising,  Happy Creatives, Idiom Design, Saatchi & Saatchi, Stirred Creative, Creative Network, Exit Design, A+ A Communications- Sweden and Ramms India.