A word that most easily pops up in anyone’s mind while describing life in India or its peoples and traditions is probably “diversity”. This art show is all about that! The artist invites you to celebrate with him India’s vast cultural heterogeneity with a glimpse of its bustling streets, its fabulous celebrations, its outlandish movie posters, its spiritual core amidst its socio-economic realities.
Portrait of a well-known movie star from the 70s and 80s playing the role of a villainous dacoit called Gabbar Singh in an ever popular movie called Sholay. This portrait has been done in a style reminiscent of the hand-painted poster art popular before the digital revolution. Heaving bosoms, rippling muscles and a frenzy of emotions in almost ludicrous colors marked this lost tradition that unified millions of movie-goers across the whole country.
/ˈsädo͞o/ noun, A holy man, sage or ascetic, 24”x18”, Acrylic on canvas, 2019
From wikipedia: There are 4 to 5 million sadhus in India today and they are widely respected for their holiness. It is also thought that the austere practices of the sadhus help to burn off their karma and that of the community at large. However, reverence of sadhus is by no means universal in India … (they) have been viewed with a certain degree of suspicion particularly amongst the urban populations of India, but they have been revered and are popular in rural India.
Gallery Blink Art Show "Word Play"
This show called "WORDplay" has words as its theme - Deepak's artwork for this show is inspired by two poets from Southern India. Two of the paintings are inspired by the poem "The Bangle Sellers" by Sarojini Naidu (a famous Indian poet and states-woman) and the third by the very poignant lines of "A River" by A. K. Ramanujam.