PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN
Acrylic on canvas
57 1/8 x 36 in. (145.1 x 91.4 cm.)
Signed, dated and inscribed 'Sudhir / Patwardhan / 2010 / Acrylic' on reverse
Family Fiction Sudhir Patwardhan, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, January - March, 2011.
Sudhir Patwardhan, Family Fiction Sudhir Patwardhan, exhibition catalogue, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2010, p. 41, illustrated.
Sudhir Patwardhan's exhibition in Mumbai in 2010 marked a departure in subject and style from his previous works. The urban landscape; its architecture, layout and its resident working class remain a continuing preoccupation for the artist, but he has turned, for the moment, to a more immediate and intimate concern; exploring the dynamics of people and family narratives within the interiors of their homes. As the artist himself explains, family situations usually unfold within the four walls of a home. His paintings look to explore these mundane incidents along with the more base impulses that we often like to keep hidden. 'There is no attempt here to question or subvert any traditional familial identities, only one to remind ourselves of things we already know.' (Sudhir Patwardhan, Family Fiction Sudhir Patwardhan, exhibition catalogue, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2010, p. 5)
The current painting is one of several that uses the window as a pictorial element. The role of the window varies, sometimes offering an inviting view of the city beyond, other times symbolising a safe haven. 'But the inside is not always experienced as safe, and the allure of the outside may be that of possible release from too tight an enclosure. Either way, the window allows a conjunction between the spaces of the inside and the outside, keeping the distance between them intact.' (ibid., p. 7)
About The Artist:
SUDHIR PATWARDHAN (b. 1949)