Saturday, February 18, 2006

life and death and other things in between


I was looking around for Gandhara style artwork when I came up on this piece by Dhirendra Jha and Vijaya Devi.

The color composition and the forms are quite striking and the subject matter itself is stunning.

Depicting a mythical contract between the Lord Pervader (Visnu) and the Lord Absolute (Siva), the painting presents the interconnected nature of manifest and unmanifest reality. Speaking directly to the apparent duality between immanence and transcendance, the painters speculate about the unified nature of the same.

The violent metaphor serves to focus the viewers mind - provoking a visceral response.

What a masterpiece!

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