NIS­HANT

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This 1963 un­ti­tled work in acrylic, pas­tel and marker on pa­per is from the high point of Av­inash Chan­dra’s ca­reer in Lon­don, mark­ing a shift to a dif­fer­ent sub­ject for the In­dia-born artist. The work has been partly drawn on sen­sual ideas. Dur­ing this time, Chan­dra started paint­ing with thin, del­i­cate lines, con­cen­trat­ing on the vast pos­si­bil­i­ties of rep­re­sent­ing fe­male anatomy. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of new im­agery in fa­mil­iar forms and a sense of anx­i­ety be­tween fig­u­ra­tion and ab­strac­tion have been in­trin­sic to his art. The jux­ta­pos­ing and ar­rang­ing of fe­male fig­ures evokes sex­ual power and ec­static en­ergy.

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