“Spice Seller” is the first in a new series of paintings. It is an acrylic painting 91x61cms on canvas. The 8oz un primed canvas is stretched over a custom made 3cm deep wooden stretcher reinforced with steel corner braces. This series of paintings has been inspired by the colours and landscape, both urban and rural, of India. I recently attended an exhibition by leading Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar at Tate Modern in London. Bhupen Khakhar’s paintings are alive with colour. His works are figurative in nature, concerned with the human body and its identity. His paintings also contain learned references to Indian mythology and mythological themes. Without exaggeration this exhibition was one of the most inspiring painting shows I have ever seen. As a ‘colourist’ Bhupen Khakhar is second to none. “Spice Seller” refers to the busy and buoyant markets you might find in Mumbai, Jaipur or Jodhpur. The painting is based on an idea of a market environment and an everyday marketer. I work on custom made frame stretched 8oz un primed cotton canvas. The un primed canvas allows dichlorotriazine dyes to saturate and bleed into the working area. I work over the dyed canvas using brushes, knives, cloths and squeegees to manage layers of acrylic paint. It is a continuous process of ‘correction’. I use text to invite in and suggest a way of looking at art work. The text doesn’t so much provide clues but hopefully invites the viewer to create their own understanding.
Acrylic paint, dyes and crushed sea shells
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