Bhupen Khakhar is one of India's leading painters. He also works with water-colour and printmaking. He lives an openly gay life in Baroda, an industrial town half-way between Mumbai (Bombay) and New Delhi. Bhupen Khakhar paints everyday, middle-class life in an Indian urban environment. His oil paintings and watercolours, influenced by Indian miniature painting and popular Indian calendar art, take no regard of perspectival accuracy and instead present figures in looming dark and anchorless spaces. One has the sense that his paintings represent stage sets for homosexual dramas. His treatment of the theme is often humorous as well as radical, as his embracing men are depicted in the context of Indian temple life or mythology. The artist draws on the sexual ambiguity in traditional Indian art as the inspiration for his work.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 296.
37.5 x 53.5 cm image; 56.6 x 76.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed, l.r, pencil, Gujarati script, [untranslated]. Not dated.
Not on display
© Bhupen Khakhar
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 4 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South Asia', pg. 288-297, Sydney, 1999, 296 (colour illus.).
Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 53. cat.no. 10
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', Sydney, 2003, 57 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.18