BHANU PRATAP on ART

Tehelka - - MASTER TAKES -

Ali Ak­bar Me­hta’s paint­ings em­ploy some un­usual im­agery. Though con­tem­po­rary, his works have an in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion of new and old styles. One of my favourite paint­ings is from his Joker se­ries, which has a cru­ci­fied im­age at the fore­front. The fig­ure is masked by a joker’s face paint and wears a har­lequin cap on his head, while be­ing cru­ci­fied. The hy­per de­tailed picture seems to be holy but is not. It’s an amal­ga­ma­tion of a real and a sur­real world, flash­ing both bright and dark colours. Whether view­ers takes away some­thing pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive from it, is up to them, but they will be drawn to the twisted and pow­er­ful vi­su­als.

PRATAP IS A DELHI-BASED ARTIST

Sa­cred jokes From the Joker se­ries by Ali Ak­bar Me­hta

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