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EXHIBITION "Liberation / Revelation / Representation" solo show of the art of prominent deceased artist Bhupen Khakar > 11th March to 15th April 2018

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Venue : Swaraj Art Archives ​ D-85, Sector - 2, Noida
Artworks Bhupen Khakar
Artworks by Bhupen Khakar
Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 11/03/2018 11:00 15/04/2018 19:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION "Liberation / Revelation / Representation" solo show of the art of prominent deceased artist Bhupen Khakar Event Page : https://www.delhievents.com/2018/03/exhibition-liberation-revelation-representation-bhupen-khakar-swaraj-art-archives-noida.html Swaraj Art Archives ​ D-85, Sector - 2, Noida, U.P - 201301 DD/MM/YYYY

Entry : Free

Venue : Swaraj Art Archives ​ D-85, Sector - 2, Noida, U.P - 201301
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Event Description : EXHIBITION "Liberation / Revelation / Representation" solo show of the art of prominent deceased artist Bhupen Khakar.

Bhupen Khakhar established himself amongst the very few Indian artists who have been celebrated both within the country, as well as internationally during his lifetime not to forget, he lived on his own terms and also created according to his personal preferences and priorities.

The artist's palette primarily consists of loud colours. However, careful tonal gradation with a generous amount of watery treatment considerably balances the effect of the saturated
hues. The meticulous details reflect an influence of Indian miniature paintings in the approach.

People who have been close to him have been absolutely privileged to have closely observed Bhupen’s oeuvre objectively in the various stages of his career and life and to have experienced the evolution of his pictorial language, his persona,and his motivation behind the creations.

Bhupen's approach towards his works was - ‘naïve, supple sensuality’ -  We are all aware how much he was inspired by this genre of popular representation.
The lack of formal art education turned out to be a boon as this provided him ample freedom and liberty to delve deeper into the self and evolve a language pertinent to his inner calling, and to a layman's mind, that is exactly what provided him unconditional freedom and liberty of thought, content and expression.

Bhupen Khakhar said "I was interested in the expressionistic style…which had no wit and humour…now I am more involved in wit, painting and the environment around me."
These anecdotes have been beautifully enumerated in G.M. Sheikh’s extremely lucid and evocative piece “Buddy”.

His art is not about depicting the phenomena of the everyday life frivolously on the surface level; rather it is injected with close observations, perceptivity and humour. His works exist as comments on the functioning of the human relationships with each other and with the society. His interest in the ordinary, his affinity towards the weaker and the broken, his nature of embracing the ones on the peripheries, it all extended to his artistic language as much as in real life.

With little confidence in his ability to draw, Khakhar happily explored the possibilities of a collage and therefore, his initial works were primarily collages. He assembled and appropriated popular imagery obtained from mass produced oleographs and posters found in the local marketplaces with his satirical
interventions. Use of vernacular images and language was prominent in many of these works. Eventually his creative expression transitioned into drawing and painting to enable him to express the desired more freely. His style may be referred to as tongue–n-cheek. It seems like he was attempting to gauge the level of tolerance and humour in people at large through his works.

Depicting the life around him, with an emphasis on the classes, Khakhar’s art is unpretentious and bold, with imagery embedded within these connotations of life. The naïve quality and the freedom with which he expressed was due to the fact that he was untouched by academic training. Scenes belong to everyday life, however the dramatized saturated colours within which the narratives are usually set, take the scenes beyond their mere mundane reality. The artist provides a glimpse into the finer nuances, overlooked realities and myriad idiosyncrasies of the society we inhabit.

About the Artist : Bhupen Khakhar is a Chartered Accountant by profession, an avid collector of mass-produced art, and essentially a self-taught artist, Khakhar was led by passion, commitment and guidance by his peers which shaped his artistic journey and brought him widespread recognition. By collecting film posters, oleographs and company paintings, he consciously displayed his preferences. Khakhar’s familiarity and fascination with Indian streets and their humble spots was legitimised after learning about art influenced by similar sources. His mind was furtherexposed to the arts of the world during his years in Baroda. His interaction with a cultural exchange student from Royal College of Art, Donovan, was instrumental in Khakhar’s understanding about Pop art.

Curated by : Professor Rajeev Lochan

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