Jigsaw Puzzle: "Bengal Blue," by Vinita Karim
Contemporary Indian artist Vinita Karim infuses her work with vibrant, brilliantly shimmering landscapes rich with her geographic and architectural memories. Her distinctive style and creative compositions draw from her nomadic experiences, mixing both the real and the imagined to create gorgeous images that are at once foreign and familiar.
- Completed puzzle measures 24 × 24 inches (60.9 × 60.9 cm)
- 1,000 pieces
- Box size is 10 × 8 × 2 inches (25.4 × 20.3 × 5 cm)
- Apostrophe Puzzles is a Black-owned, Woman-led company
About the Artist
Contemporary Indian artist Vinita Karim has lived and worked throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. She infuses her nomadic experiences into her work, drawing on her extensive travel to depict vibrant cityscapes that mix the real and the imagined. Her vibrant, brilliantly shimmering landscapes are rich with her geographic and architectural memories, creating gorgeous images that are at once foreign and familiar. The golden sky of the Sahara, the forts of Malta, the ghats of Varanasi, and the constantly shifting rivers of Bangladesh all inspire her distinctive style and creative compositions.
An alum of the University of Stockholm in Sweden, with an MFA from the University of Philippines in Manila, Vinita's work has gained international popularity across cultures, nationalities, and generations. In a distinctive color palette of gold, red, and blue, her original paintings, sculptures and installations have been shown and collected all over the globe, resulting in over 25 solo exhibitions. For Vinita, the 'joie de vivre' of her paintings brings her ever-evolving exploration of ‘home’ to life.
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Meet Mandi and Dante
Hello! We are Mandi and Dante, and we founded Apostrophe Puzzles with the knowledge that the work created by artists of color is valuable, desirable, and profitable. We believe that art appreciation and consumerism is not only for the wealthy, and that we can all participate in a culture of accessible patronage.
Puzzles are fantastic tools for mindfulness and self-care - a source of meditative calm in our ever bustling and increasingly hectic world. They allow us to unplug, to return to the simplicity of our childhoods or newly discover a simple and engaging way to pass the time. We hope our puzzles do that. We also hope they encourage you to learn about and support contemporary artists of color, who are some of the leading innovative and creative artistic voices in the world. We hope you’re reminded that investing in communities of color is a necessary step in correcting systems of economic and institutional injustice. We hope they remind you that you are worthy and deserving of great art.
Puzzle imagery has come a long way from kittens and windmills, but even with exciting new companies creating beautiful, modern images there are still very few that feature people of color, either as artists or subjects. The art world has a similar issue with representation - one where artists of color often struggle for space and recognition in an environment often dominated by exclusive gate-keeping practices. Our goal is to offer a more accessible way to learn about and enjoy our artists, and to encourage more people to engage with their work.
In punctuation and grammar, the apostrophe symbol is used to illustrate where there has been an omission (o'er), and to indicate possession or ownership (Bearden’s legacy). Our name draws its inspiration from this usage, fully articulating our deeply-rooted desire to fill the void of diverse representation in the puzzle space, and to exhibit our pride in the creativity and contributions of contemporary artists of color.