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Roy Thomas (Indian, b.1966)
LOT ID: 74130
Unexpected Revelations , 2011

Oil, on canvas
72 х 60 in. (182.88 x 152.4 cm.)
Signed, and dated.
Lot description
"Unexpected Revelations" (2011)is a stunning photorealist oil painting that continues Contemporary Indian artist Roy Thomas' (Indian, b. 1966) exploration of the tradition and history of 'old' India in contrast to 'new' India. This painting measures 72 x 60 inches and is in excellent condition.
Thomas contrasts the imagery of revered animals from traditional Indian painting with images of young children who often hold or feature new-age toys, suggesting a subversive commentary with a veneer of innocence. Here, a young Indian girl covers her laughing mouth as she stands diminutive in front of a massive elephant adorned with an ornate traditional Indian headdress and gear. A series of miniature military fighter jets in formation fly past the girl and elephant, a socio-political commentary on the military and nuclear might of the 'new' India. However this message about change in India is presented in a surreal manner, where the white planes at first appear like birds flying through the otherwise light-hearted narrative. This work is unframed and in excellent condition.

Roy Thomas is a famous Contemporary Indian artist whose large-scale, photo-realist paintings are internationally sought-after, and have been acquired by select Museums including the Glenberra Art Museum and numerous private collections. He studied at the College of Fine Arts in Delhi, receiving his Master’s Degree in painting in 1993. He was awarded a Junior Fellowship from HRD Ministry Government of India, and in 1993 received a National Research Grant from Lalitha Kala Academy, New Delhi.
Unexpected Revelations No. 10 by Roy Thomas
  • Unexpected Revelations No. 10 by Roy Thomas
  • Unexpected Revelations No. 10 by Roy Thomas
  • Unexpected Revelations No. 10 by Roy Thomas
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