First Friday Art Walk – June 2021
Pradeep comes from a family of photographers in southern India, which influenced his interest in the field of art at an early age. His training as a retouching & coloring artist for portrait photography, inspired him to take art classes in his teens. His earlier pursuits included experimenting with a variety of mediums such as oil colors, watercolors, oil pastels, air-brushed acrylic illustrations, color pencils & sculptures in different media.
Pradeep’s interest in computer graphics and animation influenced him to learn 3-D computer modeling, shifting his creativity to constructing fine art, utilizing a blend of cutting-edge laser and computer graphics. He calls this process “Lasered Layers”. The 3-D artwork consists of painstakingly assembled multiple layers of intricately laser-cut sheets of paper.
The lasering process begins as black and white sketches on paper, which are scanned and reduced to 2-D vector art. Then cut on acid free card stock using a fine laser beam. The laser cutting process adds dimension and shading to the edges. The texture of the paper and airbrushing, adds beauty and color.
Pradeep keeps experimenting with a multitude of media influenced by many of his favorite great artists. Most of his art styles are inspired from images and patterns in nature.
Masks are recommended for the safety of our guests, artists and staff. Please be courteous of others and maintain social distancing. Your well-being is our primary concern while you celebrate with us.
NexLynx Gallery of Arts started in 2010, after being selected as one of the venues for the ReThink Topeka Exhibition and Art Walk that same year and each year after. The Re-Think Topeka Art Walk was a movement to spur re-building community awareness through art and cultural events. NexLynx continues to be a proud supporter of the art community with our monthly exhibits and opening receptions. We worked with the former Arts Council of Topeka, and now ArtsConnect to promote art in the community as a premier downtown gallery on the Downtown Topeka Art Walk.
The Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the historic downtown Bates Building. Walter L. Bates' (1859-1903) last business enterprise was the building of the structures on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Jackson Streets, known as the Bates Block, which includes the I.O.O.F. Hall (117 W. 6th - c. 1910) and 123 W. 6th (c. 1902).
NexLynx Gallery was voted a Finalist for both 2016 and 2017 People's Choice Awards, nominated by people in the Topeka Community as their favorite stop on the First Friday Art Walk, a program of ArtsConnect.
NexLynx Gallery of Arts