Chet Kapur (Chetan Naveen Kapur)
Chet Kapur’s focus on the painting front is primarily on impressionist, post-impressionist, abstract impressionist, abstract expressionist and cubist art. 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. Chet’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. Chet 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. Kapur is of the view that the greatest beauty originates from and is discovered within a person’s spirit or soul. Kapur 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 Kapur has been able to give life to his own style and vision that inspires and displays beauty that is admirable.
Kapur has had a distinguished and interesting career prior to following his passion into the fine arts. While he had been engaged in painting and photography for decades during and prior to his first career, which was in finance, he has only in recent decided to expose his artworks in a public forum and pursue his calling as a career.
Kapur 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 built a leading alternative investment advisory practice that went on to run one of the top market neutral and multi-strategy hedge funds in the world (along with a robust comprehensive managed account program). 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 Sept 11, 2001, having left his job and lost his home on Sept 11. Mr. Kapur’s funds provided investors a decade of exceptional returns.
After a substantial period of prosperity for Kapur’s fund’s investors, Kapur’s company’s core leveraged fund, like all other leveraged funds at the time, was put into liquidation by the worst banking crisis in US history. One year after winding down his company’s operations, with the great and selfless accomplishment of having sacrificed all his and his company’s resources for the benefit of investors (which he had no obligation whatsoever to do), he was wrongfully, unjustly, unjustifiably and slanderously attacked by or because of a malicious, corrupt contingent at the SEC (due to the relations one investor had with them, an investor who was illicitly seeking preferential treatment over other investors in the funds during the banking and economic crisis). Kapur was falsely detained and defamed on egregiously false and fictional claims, and thereafter as expected all the charges against him were rightly dropped bringing much deserved shame and disgrace upon this malicious and corrupt SEC contingent. Kapur, to date, maintains excellent relations with his former investors, many of whom have a passion for the arts. This unfortunate and underserved experience towards Kapur 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 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.
Kapur’s paintings and photography are part of several private collections around the globe, and continues to be exhibited in Rome, Italy.