NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present a collection of contemporary Indian paintings by artists drawing from traditional styles on Tuesday, April 28. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction opens with a 5-foot-tall painting by Dhavat Singh Uikey done in the tradition of India’s Gund artists (above). He draws from the ancient artistic traditions of the Gond people, and uses them in his artworks. The folk tales that the artist grew up listening to are beautifully translated into his paintings. Singh weaves traditional techniques, beliefs and imagery with modern materials and visual culture. Always open to new ideas and regarding himself as a contemporary artist using traditional skills, Singh plays with the scale, palette and form of his exquisite paintings and drawings. His painting in the auction carries a $15,000-$18,000 estimate.
Among the most valuable and largest paintings in the auction is titled by Radha Krishna – X by Nitin and Nilesh Sharma (below). Painted on cloth, the Pichwai work measures 47½ by 71 inches and is expected to sell for $26,000-$31,000. Pichwai (pichvai) is a style of painting that originated over 400 years ago, in the town of Nathdwara near Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. Intricate and visually stunning, pichwai paintings, done on cloth, depict tales from Lord Krishna’s life.
Another outstanding pichwai style painting in the sale is titled Teen Darshan. Painted on cloth, the work measures 60 by 84 inches (est. $22,000-$26,000).
Known for their intricate motifs and vibrant colors, Madhubani or Mithila painting is an Indian art form developed by women from the region of Mithila in northern Bihar. Though practiced for hundreds of years, Madhubani paintings were relatively unknown, rediscovered only in 1934, when during an inspection after an earthquake, a British colonial came across them on the walls of houses. Traditionally made during special occasions and ceremonies, Madhubani paintings mostly depict nature and religious motifs. An untitled Madhubani painting by Manisha Jha is done in acrylic on a 73-inch-square canvas (est. $24,000-$29,000).
For a smaller wall space at 29 by 37 inches is Radha Krishna Milan by Narendra Kumar. This pichwai painting on cloth has a $7,000-$8,000 estimate.
These and nearly 300 more works by contemporary Indian artists will be offered for sale in the Jasper52 auction, which begins at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 28.
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