Vivek Mathew’s tryst with photography began with a simple thought – capturing the brilliance of a moment. Doing what he does best, Vivek today, has travelled the world and experienced the essence of life, through his camera lenses. And it is an addiction he never wants to get over.
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 and Interiors, through his photography. Considered as one of the “Young and Unusual” photographers of today by the 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.
Adding perspective to his works are his exhibitions, which have brought to light several aspects of daily life. I.Opener in October 2005 at the ‘Renaissance Gallerie’ focused on subjects ranging from still life to portraits to exteriors, as Waterborne in November 2007 at ‘Industree’, experimented with ripples, reflections and patterns. His 3rd exhibition at ‘Sublime’, UB City in February 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 pattern. 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 7th solo 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 .
Vivek has also 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 and Belmonte, are a few of his other commercial endeavours to be named.
In his enthusiasm towards the art of photography in itself, 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.
His pictures have also been appreciated, alongside various other artists in several group exhibitions such as :
Bangalore Photography Festival – in April 2007 - Leela Galleria, Bangalore
Shoot Out 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 – Aliiance Franciase, 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