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Chintan Upadhyay (Indian, b.1972)
LOT ID: 76425
Chanel (from the "Commemorative Stamp") Series, 2002

Acrylic, Mixed Media, on canvas.
47.25 х 35.45 in. (120.02 x 90.04 cm.)
Signed, by the artist.
Lot description
"Chanel" (2002) is a rare and important mixed media paintingby famed Contemporary Indian artist Chintan Updhyay (b. 1972) that belongs to his highly sought after and rare "Commemorative Stamp" Series of paintings that directly deal with the new wealth in India, the increasing demand for luxury goods and the role of the West in these changes, in a painterly and unabashed manner. This painting measures 47.25 x 35.45 inches (120 x 90 cm), is unframed and in perfect condition. A pastiche-style portrait of Coco Chanel is painted at center in vibrant, abstract colors as if this is a chic postal stamp, below which the artist has stenciled the eponymous French couture label 'CHANEL' to which he adds "USA" to the label, which is a direct commentary on the role of the United States in bringing luxury goods to India. The conflation of street art, graffiti, and Modernist Indian art colors and patterns is sublime, subversive, and ironic all at the same time.

Chintan Updhyay was born in 1972 in India and his paintings and sculptures are highly sought after, with his paintings of this scale of babies, women, hybrid figures and cars very rare and highly sought after world-wide. He has exhibited extensively across the globe at such venues as the Seoul Art Center (Seoul, Korea), Arts India Gallery (New York, NY), National Gallery of Modern Art (Mumbai, India), and Gallery 27 (Oslo, Norway), among others. The artist lives and works in India.
Chanel (from the Commemorative Stamp) Series by Chintan Upadhyay
  • Chanel (from the Commemorative Stamp) Series by Chintan Upadhyay
  • Chanel (from the Commemorative Stamp) Series by Chintan Upadhyay
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