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Portraits of an Existential Artist: Sudhir Patwardhan

4-23 February, 2022

Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40 Defence Colony, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Vadehra Art Gallery presents Portraits of an Existential Artist by artist Sudhir Patwardhan.

Leading contemporary artist Sudhir Patwardhan reflects on the personal experiences of being a working artist over the past year, overshadowed by world events and the pandemic, and tips the scales in favour of philosophical scepticism. In this series of paintings made over the course of the year 2021, Patwardhan illustrates the frustrations of the artistic process, from physical studio anxieties to cognitive doubts about art. Patwardhan eloquently presents us with a moving narrative that explores the human condition as manifested in the social roles and experiences of the constrained artist. He reveals the underbelly of creation and creativity through the trope of the aggressive artist who is not only cut off from public experience and circulation, but is also grappling with perpetual dissatisfaction, as artists have throughout the ages, with feeling as if they have failed to say what they set out to say.

View the works on the Vadehra Art Gallery website.