BHANU PRATAP on ART
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