A prolific and highly original modern painter, Kartick Chandra Pyne (1931-2017) embarked on his long artistic career in the 1950s when the world and the very criteria of what constituted an art object were rapidly changing.
He was deeply influenced by the experimental spirit of the time. His early works, including Bird in a Cage, which fetched a record price at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, 2005, an event that made Kartick Pyne overnight a big name in the art world, reflect a unique assimilation of the different styles and elements of both indigenous art and the modern art of the West.
The genius of Kartick Pyne lies in his ability to create in his paintings a unique imaginary and fantastic world, differentially and not representationally connected to our habitual, real world. A significant part of the show is devoted to paintings which reveal an enigmatic phenomenon combining the visible and subliminal, mimetic and metaphorical in a rich affective pictorial language of eroticism. An inveterate introvert, deeply immersed in the world of religious devotion, Kartick Payne attempts at the eclectic synthesis of the Indian imagery and international idioms of modern art.
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