Bhupen Khakhar was one of India's leading modern painters and lived an openly gay life in Baroda, an industrial town half-way between Mumbai (Bombay) and New Delhi. His oil paintings, watercolours and prints, influenced by Indian miniature painting and popular Indian calendar art, take no regard of perspectival accuracy and often present figures in looming, dark and anchorless spaces.
His depictions of everyday, middle-class life are humorous and irreverent. In this print we can see that the artist has drawn on the sexual ambiguity found in traditional Indian art and has placed embracing men in the context of Indian temple life and mythology.
etching; printed in black ink on paper
49 x 49.5 cm image; 69.2 x 61.7 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed, l.r.corner [untranslated. Gujarati script]. Not dated.
Not on display
© Bhupen Khakhar
Shown in 1 exhibition
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993
- Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong 15 May 1993–12 Jun 1993
- Orange Regional Gallery, Orange 25 Jun 1993–31 Jul 1993
- Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra 05 Aug 1993–04 Sep 1993
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 17 Sep 1993–24 Oct 1993
Referenced in 1 publication
India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 53. cat.no. 8