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S.H. Raza

S.H. Raza

Bindu Purush Prakriti

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Collectible code:SHR-7

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39'' x 29''
Acrylic on Canvas
2009
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Raza became the only member of the progressive artist’s group not to turn the figure in the quest to develop a new Indian aesthetics. Finding inspirations in his environs, over six decades the artist continued to engage with the natural world through his work, using it as a platform to approach broader philosophical questions. His paintings reflect a lifelong commitment to the colors, rhythms and cycles of the natural world. Evolving from his initial academic landscapes to expressionist depictions of the moods they inspired in him, and finally to a non-objective mapping of the universe and its forces, this commitment runs parallel to his unremitting search for significant form. The artist’s meditations on geometric forms revert to simple means to attain the purest or most original form of nature. In a later lot, Raza deploys the inverted triangle and the circle, or 'Bindu', to symbolize the tree, and through it allude to the perpetual natural cycle of fertilization, germination, growth, reproduction and death. Just as the upturned triangle is also symbolic of female sexuality and reproduction, the Bindu can be read as 'Bija' or a seed, bearing the potential of new life in its simple and compact form. Raza mostly used linear structures to simplify the elements of the universe and the key component of our lives. In conventional art-speak one could describe them as ‘geometric abstraction’; but as a description of his genius this does not come close to interpreting the conception and evolution of these paintings, and the fundamental spiritual dimensions to them. . In the 1980s, the circle or 'Bindu' became the central motif. Sacred in its symbolism, it placed his work in an Indian context. The artist calls his work from the 1980s onwards a "result of two parallel enquiries." Firstly, it is aimed at a "pure plastic order" and secondly, it concerns the theme of nature. Both converge into a single point and become inseparable - the 'Bindu' (the dot or the epicentre). "The 'Bindu' symbolizes the seed, bearing the potential of all life."
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