Chetan Naveen Kapur
Chetan Naveen Kapur’s natural painting styles have been described as impressionist, post-impressionist, abstract impressionist, abstract expressionist, cubist or a unique combination of these art styles. His paintings have a truly masterful use of tonality, texture and display an impressive ability to juxtapose and complement colors making his paintings extremely vibrant and inspiring. Chetan’s journey to discover beauty has taken him around the globe, and inspired him to paint and photograph this beauty in a way that awakens and inspires the human spirit. Chetan also believes that there is beauty to be found in some of the most simple or common things in life, and that beauty can be discovered within oneself to be drawn from memory, imagination and feeling. Chetan is of the view that the greatest beauty originates from and is discovered within a person’s spirit or soul. He draws influence, inspiration and ideas from a variety of sources as he adventures in his search of beauty. Kapur’s art is influenced and inspired by several great modern masters including Renoir and Monet, by old masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt, as well as by several great painters and artists of Asian and American origin. Yet Chetan has been able to give life to his own unique style and vision that inspire and display beauty that is admirable.
Kapur has had a distinguished and interesting career in finance prior to following his passion into the fine arts. He has been engaged in painting and photography for decades, even during and prior to his first career in finance.
Kapur’s first job out of university was in investment banking where he worked for leading investment bank Salomon Smith Barney (that later merged to form Citigroup). Kapur was quickly promoted at Salomon due to his exceptional performance and diligence. Subsequent to that experience and during the technology and market crash of 2001-2002, Mr. Kapur founded a leading investment advisory firm that went on to run one of the top market neutral and multi-strategy funds in the world. Kapur built this business from the ground up, or more accurately from underground, with a bank loan at a time when banks weren’t lending. More impressive is the fact that he did it shortly after September 11, 2001, having left his job and lost his home on September 11. Mr. Kapur’s firm provided investors exceptional risk-adjusted returns for the majority of a decade.
After a substantial period of prosperity for Kapur’s fund’s investors, and during the worst banking and economic crisis in US history, Mr. Kapur made the selfless and great accomplishment of having sacrificed all his and his company’s resources for the benefit of investors (which he had no obligation whatsoever to do). Kapur displayed immense fortitude and tenacity during this period and tirelessly worked gratis for investors. Kapur maintains excellent relations with most of his former investors, many of whom have a passion for the arts. Chetan is a conscientious person and his admirable sacrifice, selflessness and integrity during those persevering times has only served to substantially raise the interest and demand for his beautiful paintings, photography and artwork.
Much of Chetan’s sketches, drawings, paintings and photography are done en plein air due to his love for the outdoors and to more accurately capture the appearance of outdoor settings in various light and weather conditions. Chetan finds that working outdoors allows one to capture natural light, shade and color, and that to seize the true feel or impression of an outside setting at a specific moment one has to be outside to do so rather than just work on an outside setting in their studio. Chetan displays true mastery in his painting approach with his wonderful use of textures, tonality and colors, yet, he sometimes maintains a childlike quality in his artwork that masters often strive towards. Chetan’s photography besides for its aesthetic pleasure often strives to capture the essence or soul of the subject matter involved making it wonderfully inspirational. Chetan’s artwork, in keeping with his own spirit, is full of hope, light and love.
Chetan is inspired by not only what he finds visually appealing including the beauty of Mother Nature and beyond but also beauty found in feelings, music, imagination, memories and within the human spirit, inter alia.
Chetan’s artworks are part of many private collections and select public collections around the globe. They lovingly adorn the walls and halls of prominent estates, leading corporate offices, luxurious hotels, public hospitals and schools, among others. Chetan’s art continues to be exhibited in galleries (including Discovering Beauty Art Gallery), art fairs and other venues worldwide.