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This oil and acrylic painting on canvas is one of the most exciting new works by critically acclaimed Contemporary Indian artist Chintan Upadhyay and belongs to this international famed Series of surrealist 'Baby' paintings and sculptures. Here, Upadhyay depicts just the head and neck of a smiling blue-eyed, bald-headed baby floating in space, depicted against a flat, slick black background. This harmless yet bizarre visage floats in space without context - a commentary on the conflicted directions and changes in Contemporary Indian culture. In turn, the baby's entire bright orange face, neck and head are completely "tattooed" with very colorful, celebratory and ornate traditional Indian patterns and representational imagery, representing the by-gone days of India. The minimalist composition and intense use of color makes the figure literally pop off the page, heightening the visual expression and the intensity of Chintan's message. The intense visual overload of Chintan's paintings and sculptures is intentional and possess the same affect that consumerist media advertising does, to assault the viewer with fragmented symbolism and references to contemporary technologies. This work is unframed and in excellent condition.

Chintan Upadhyay (B. 1972) has exhibited extensively at elite Museum and Gallery collections including 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.

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Provenance:
  • The Artist. Present Collection, India.
  • Pickup Location: India
  • Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 24 in. (60.96 x 60.96 cm.)

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