North London art collection bringing Indian, Sri Lankan and Pakistani contemporary art to Hampstead
The comedy of modern India is a subject that amuses the artist very much. Here Shankar shows us a call centre and an operator chatting to her friend on the computer when she should be working!
Chatting from the Office Cabin (2006) By S. Ravi Shankar
In ‘Pink Soul Island’ (2009), Puthoor uses a wide palette and a subtly symmetrical composition to depict an alternate version of a city skyline like that of Manhattan or Mumbai. Structures have bird heads at their peak, reminiscent of totem poles and other tribal imagery (a common motif in his work) though have a futuristic character too.
Pink Soul Island (2009) By Pradeep Puthoor
Kudallur may describe this as a 'red' but it is clear that the abstract painting is so much more.
Untitled II (Red abstract) (2007) By Achuthan Kudallur
Blue and White Series I (2014) By Himanish Das
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Love-making is a governing artistic interest of Santhanaraj. Often as in here, this is because intertwined bodies create angles, shapes, negative space and formal relationships that intrigue the artist. Here the abstraction of the lines that make up the lovers and the rug on which they lie is echoed in the implied canopy-like shape above them.
Intimacy (Lovers) (2007) By A.P. Santhanaraj
A personal favourite of the Director, this work stands out in as a particularly ferocious image of the world in disarray and sunken under the sea. Fire breathes from the waters as we look fatefully at the state of our world.
Under the Sea By P. Jayakani
Aparajithan invokes a graphic, almost poster-like quality to his art, his content often having a simplicity and immediacy. He deliberately resists the temptation to be too painterly in works such as ‘Across Lines’ (2005), concentrating on profundity through simplicity: here a bird flies awkwardly straight downwards to meet with its beak an approaching fish swimming straight upwards. They meet at the water’s angular surface, two creatures of air and water, normally predator and prey, normally separated by their different worlds.
Across Lines (2005) By Aparajithan Adimoolam
The love story of Krishna and Radha is lyrically portrayed by Senathipathi. The artist utlises tribal styles and symbols with bright acrylic paint (contrasted with black ink wash) to create a feast for the eye.
Krishna and Radha (2006) By M. Senathipathi
One of only two tempera paintings in The Noble Sage Collection, this stands out as a representation of Indian history as well as an important work in South Indian art history.
Village Women (1947) By S. Dhanapal
The artist invites the viewer to investigate the painting more closely. Where are these figures going? Why are they dressed in black? Why do they carry one of each type of beast - a bird, a fish on a stick and a dead animal?
People in black robes carrying sacrificial animals (1998) By Tasaduq Sohail
An enigmatic work by Santhanarj for many reasons. One can almost see the technique in this work, the duration of time taken to create, in the way that the woman emerges from these abstract forms placed randomly on the paper. A parrot sits on one of these shapes as if it is a three-dimensional object, its foot dangling over the edge.
Girl and the Parrots By A.P. Santhanaraj
Asma Menon: ‘the flowers are offerings…. At every stage of life all across borders, flowers speak of many emotions and events. This new stage of life for me has resulted in an enormous urge to express myself through the vivid colours of the seasonal changes around me…. Like the Empress [a common character in her work], I continue with love, strength and creativity, my mind intrepid as to the many adventures in store for me. I embrace all this…. with the fragrance and beauty of life in full bloom.’
Still Life III (2007) By Asma Menon
This is the only vertical format work collected from the artist Gurunathan from Madras. The physical paint, the colours chosen, the holy Hindu ash added to the paint, combined with the abstract natural forms implied by the artist make this a breathtaking work.
Untitled V (with holy ash, pigment colours and acrylic) (2011) By G. Gurunathan