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Traditional, Modern & Contemporary Indian Art Traditional, Modern & Contemporary Indian Art BHARAT THAKUR (B. 1972)
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"The fire burnt so high and strong
A prayer soared to the mighty skies;
Awash was the soul with showers
Pouring blue with soothing powers"
In this series I have used the medium of acrylic in many layers of washes .. I feel that any medium has many qualities and in treating them with different hands and eyes .. as an artist .. I am entering into a dialogue with the material of the medium itself .. and I don't really know that beneath the pigment .. the viscosity .. the luminescence .. the mixing .. the textures .. the flow .. beyond all these .. what else is contained in the medium ..
It is the kind of canvas on which a revelation washes itself, watches itself emerge, and when we see a face appear, we feel, maybe the medium and I, we interacted after all. Here we seem to have been ashore, and with something from the other side, we have been awash.
- Bharat Thakur
Awarded 'the Best Artist Award' at the Tokyo International Art Fair 2018 at Bellesalle Roppongi, Tokyo, renowned yoga exponent and poet Bharat Thakur is also a prolific artist who works on a global platform and addresses a multicultural audience through his works that are quintessentially Indian.
The grandson of Karpoori Thakur, former chief minister of Bihar, due to the socio-politicial circumstances, at the age of four, he was taken away to the icy remoteness of the Himalayas by his spiritual teacher and for the next thirteen years, Thakur was immersed in the study of the ancient Indian mystical sciences, including yoga and tantra.
"A self-taught artist with a natural gift for drawing skillfully, he shifts his artistic language strategically to occupy and practice in the domains of both absolute realism and total abstraction" - Dr. Ashrafi S. Bhagat (former Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, Chennai).
Critiqued and encouraged, rather harshly, by M.F Husain in the 1990s, for a major part of the last decade Thakur has been working at evolving a unique grammar, drawing from his unconventional upbringing and multi-faceted life. His art is an expression of the spiritual dimension of his personality and his paintings are a visual manifestation of this consciousness.