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Atul Dodiya (Indian, b.1959)
LOT ID: 74398
Heat And Dust, ie. circa 2006

Enamel, enamel paint and synthetic varnish on laminate board
72 х 48 in. (182.88 x 121.92 cm.)
Signed, by the artist.
Lot description
"Heat And Dust" (2006) is a stunning, museum-level enamel painting on laminate board by one of the most internationally celebrated and acclaimed Indian Contemporary artists working today, Atul Dodiya (Indian, b. 1959). Painted in his famous figurative pastiche style, Dodiya here conflates new and traditional portraits, languages, rituals, as well as consumerist slogans and objects into a cohesive narrative, creating a powerful commentary on the complexities and contradictions that are inherent to modern-day India, all painted in vibrant saturated colors against a golden saffron background. The visual vocabulary of Atul Dodiya is unmistakable: celebratory, ironic and sombre all at the same time. This work is in perfect condition. "Heat And Dust" was exhibited in the seminal Museum exhibition, "Horn Please: Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art", September 2007-June 2008 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Berne (Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland) and published in the Museum's accompanying exhibition catalogue. The painting was further exhibited in the important 2007 March solo exhibition: "Atul Dodiya | Saptapadi Scenes from Marriage (Regardless)" at Vadhera Gallery, and reproduced in the accompanying book: "Atul Dodiya | Saptapadi Scenes from Marriage (Regardless)", (2007) with text by Nancy Adajania and Ranjit Hoskote, published by Vadehra Art Gallery.

Atul Dodiya was born in 1959 in Mumbai and received his degree from Sir J.J. School of Art in 1982. Considered one of the most famous and influential artists of his Contemporary generation in India, multi-media artist Atul Dodiya grounds his paintings in figurative pastiche-style compositions with ironic and subversive icons from India's past, present and future, and does so in such a singular and exciting manner that he succeeds in completely reinventing the cultural connotations of "India" through his paintings, sculpture and installations. He has won the Sanskrit Award in New Delhi and is heralded for his naturalistic representations which denote an autobiographical narrative that alludes to the societies of both the East and West. Dodiya has shown internationally in countless museum and gallery shows throughout India, as well as in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and is held in top Museum and Private Collections world-wide, with his works very hard to come by. The artist currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.
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