Tales of Mystery and Adventure: The Hand Cut Paper Art of Hari and Deepti

Firewolves and The Lone Warrior

This week I’d like to present the stunning, intricate, hand cut paper works by artists Hari & Deepti, who create astonishing scenes using nothing but paper and lights. Originally from India but now based out of Denver, Colorado, each of the two brings different skill sets to the table that has shaped the foundation of their art. Hari, whose full name is Harikrishnan Panicker, is a trained graphic designer and illustrator while Deepti Nair specializes in paper cut art.

Wolf and The MoonThe couple started experimenting with paper cut shadow boxes in 2010 with hand-painted watercolor paper, which was then cut and assembled in a wooden box to create a diorama. They then started experimenting with lights and simplified their pieces by losing the colored paper. They have since evolved to add their own style of paper cut art incorporating back-lit light boxes using flexible LED strip lights.

When put together, these interesting techniques give their work a three-dimensional feel lit in a fiery golden glow. The small visual narratives depicted in each work often play off aspects of light including stars, flames, fireflies, and planets. For me, though, the most interesting aspect of their art are the small stories of exploration, danger and wonder being told in each scene, like they could almost be from a child’s adventure book. The two are also adept at creating motion and tension — I almost expected some of these scenes to start moving.

Endlessly fascinating and visually arresting, I’m pleased to feature the intricate art of Hari and Deepti. Check out the gallery after the jump, and learn more by visiting their online profile.


About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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17 Responses to Tales of Mystery and Adventure: The Hand Cut Paper Art of Hari and Deepti

  1. Paula says:

    Original to say the least. I have never seen anything like this before. Impressive!!!

  2. Origami, eat your heart out! Very beautiful and creative, Stephen.

  3. ilargia64 says:

    Alucinante!!!! One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.,…I like the theme also, so close to the mother Earth….Could be used for storytelling …

  4. Amy says:

    Hand cut paper art!!! Stunning details, just amazing! Thank you for the post, Stephen!

  5. Leya says:

    This is simply wonderful! I’ve never seen anything like it. Thank you for a great post and introducing us!

  6. Andrew says:


  7. aishasoasis says:

    Amazing and so creative! Thanks very much for the introduction!

  8. Interesting. This is probably the third time this week that this particular artist has made its way across my computer screen. Why would that be? Ha! No clue! And yes, my breath is taken away every time. Beautiful choice.

  9. restlessjo says:

    This stuff is totally magical, Stephen. I’m struggling to pick a favourite, but it might be Utopia. Awesome detail! 🙂

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