Liberation / Revelation / Representation: The art of Bhupen Khakhar

Mundane realities of the everyday and personal fantasies fuse to form an inimitable language unique to the artist. Large parts of his works are confessional and autobiographical making it progressive, controversial and cathartic.
Elements of kitsch make his art relatable to the popular. His works may be perceived as a bridge linking the reality of everyday and the inner world of emotions, feelings and prejudices.
Khakhar’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.
He intelligently chose his themes revalidating tradition and evolved a personal language synonymous with the provocateur, the titillator, and the evocator.

 

 

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