The Wind Rises by Ayuesh Agarwal

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Ayuesh Agarwal

The Wind Rises


59 x 54 cm | 23 x 21 1/4 in

Charcoal, white chalk, gouache and graphite

  • ARC Purchase Awards ($5,000)
  • Second Place ($1,000 Cash Award) / Drawing

This work is in the Collection of the Art Renewal Center.

When I start a work, sometimes I don't have a clear idea of what it's going to be when it's finished. The idea develops through the process almost like a conversation between nature, myself and the work. I find this search really exciting. It's almost more interesting than the finished work itself as it leads me to try new things and understand how I want to translate what I'm observing.

The model was posing nude when I started working on the portrait, but as it was getting cold she wrapped herself in a shawl and the moment reminded me of the stillness before the cold begins. I decided to include it in the work to drive the narrative and the mood I wanted to express. Even though I have a story to tell, it's also important for me to leave room for the viewer's imagination to come with their own interpretation and find meaning.