Śiva
Acrylic on Canvas
2012
 
For me the hindu deity Shiva has always had an aura of mystery around him. I think this has to do with the fact that I have never seen his physical body represented in any of his temples. Instead his aniconic form is worshiped. I tried to capture this in my painting by emphasizing on the shivalinga or his aniconic form but at the same time giving a subtle hint towards his face. I wanted his physical body to be larger but yet dominated by the more recognisable shivalinga which is smaller in scale. The arc and the three horizontal lines represent crecent moon and the three horizontal stripes of vibudhi or holy ash or simply known as Tripundra. The reason behind using these iconic symbols is to give a hint at the identity of the figure in the painting as these are two of the most recognized features of shiva. 
Cello : Still Life 
Oil on Canvas
2010
Aurora
Oil on Canvas
2011
Steve Jobs
Oil on Canvas
2012
 
 
Heramba
Acrylic on Canvas
2011
 
We are often judged by others on basis of how we look and it has offlate become a very significat part of our social image. Stories of chubby kids being bullied and made fun of arent unheard of and unfortunately these stories are getting more disturbing and frequent. Family members, friends and strangers alike dont think before making a comment on one's weight or appearence. The effect this has on a child is phenomenal, and has in certain cases of serious inferiority complex or worse suicides. 
I have made a reference to an Iconic hindu god Ganesha, who is also known as  'Heramba', because of the  significance of the deity in our culture and also the relevance of the name. 'Herambaliterally means "The one who has a hanging belly". Through 'Heramba' I wanted to question this exisiting, widely prevelant practice and draw attention towards the effects it has on kids particularly.
 
Hamsasya
Acrylic and Watercolor on Newspaper
2011
Untitled
Oil on Canvas
2011
Ecollution
Acrylic on Canvas
2012
 
'Ecollution' is my take on pollution and all the collateral damage that has been happening to our environment because of our technological advancements. Yes, one can't deny the importance of technology and that it has made living easier. Same way, we can't deny the fact that all these comforts have come at a price. A price that may be too high in the future. 
The colors have been picked to invoke feelings of comfort and at the same time a sense that something is just not right. The green and lime background is a representation of the environment where as the friendly unsuspecting plant (black in color) represents pollution and slow contamination of the environment. I chose to represent all the negative aspects in this theme through a plant because a plant is generally associated to something friendly and harmless, I wanted to play with this notion and turn it upside down. It is also does a very nice job of telling the whole story of environmental degradation, as I feel pollution is not something that just came out of no where, it has always been there and it kept on growing in the shadows of our development.
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