The work had been in the collection of Swiss collectors, Guy and Helen Barbier, for over three decades, and sold for over $3 million. At home they spoke Gujarati, Marathi and Hindi, but not much English. Bhupen Khakhar (also spelled Bhupen Khakkar, born Bombay 10 March 1934 – died Baroda 8 August 2003) Bhupen Khakhar was a leading artist in Indian contemporary art. Bhupen Khakhar was born in Bombay and spent his boyhood in the area called Khetwadi with his parents and three siblings. He was a member of the Baroda Group and gained international recognition for his work. Born in Mumbai into a middle-class Gujarati family, Bhupen Khakhar trained as an accountant but moved to Baroda in 1962, where he chose a new career path as a writer and an artist. [7] He found himself portrayed as "the accountant" in Salman Rushdie's novel The Moor's Last Sigh. Ranging from watercolour to oil, collage to ceramic, and even including a pair of hand-painted armchairs, these artworks showcase the diversity of Bhupen’s artistic practice. As with all Bhupen Khakhar’s works, these lots from the Estate of the artist are the product of an assured artist doing exactly what he liked – depicting the mundane with the imaginary, the sacred with the profane, to weave an idiom, unambiguously his own. Other works in the sale include a vibrant collage from 1965, Interior of a Hindu House No. The artist explored his own homosexuality in extremely personal ways, touching upon both its cultural implications and its amorous and erotic manifestations. In the 1990s Khakhar began experimenting more with watercolours and grew increasingly confident in both expression and technique. Bhupen Khakhar is best known for his autobiographical paintings that reflect his innermost desires. The work sold for in excess of $1.4 million, in the estate sale of Khakhar’s life-long friend, Hodgkin, who had been gifted the work by the artist in the 1970s. Jul 17, 2014 - This is a collection of Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and other Works of Art by the Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar. Bhupen Khakhar is best known for his paintings, but also experimented with installations, glass-painting, ceramics and writing. At his family's insistence he went on to take a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. [citation needed] He began to mount solo exhibitions as early as 1965. He became well versed in Hindi mythology and literature, and well informed about the visual arts. This latter canvas, the colourful vignettes of which took almost eight months to complete, has tragically been lost. He was a member of the Baroda Group and gained international recognition for his work. His mother Mahalaxmi was a housewife, and she soon invested all of her hopes in her youngest child. Khakhar, through the progression of his works, has explored the cultural and personal repercussions of same-sex intimacy, a theme that is relevant even today—the law against homosexuality was repealed only last year in India. Though the artist had been largely self-taught, his work soon garnered attention and critical praise. See more ideas about indian artist, painting, contemporary modern art. I told her I thought it was all rubbish – except for three pictures. Moreover, being exposed to and interacting with artists such as Hodgkin and David Hockney, gave him the much-needed freedom for which he had yearned. She said: ‘That’s very interesting; the painter who did them is standing right here.’ That was how I met Bhupen.”. Among other honours, he won the Asian Council's Starr Foundation Fellowship, 1986, and the prestigious Padma Shri (Indian Government's award for excellence) in 1984. Works for sale (1) Auction results. As several works from the Estate of Bhupen Khakhar come to auction in Sotheby’s Boundless: India sale, we take a closer look at the life of this much-celebrated Indian artist. His first exhibited works presented deities cut from popular prints, glued onto mirrors, supplemented by graffiti and gestural marks. Khakhar’s started his career as a chartered accountant but his career change was partly due to meeting the poet and painter Gulam Mohammed Sheikh in 1958, who … 2013 'Bhupen Khakhar - Works from the Anthony Stokes Collection', Grosvenor Gallery, London. The guide to the Hindu temple expected my question about the erotic sculptures on the wall; his answer was immediate and simple: “Sex is part of life. 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The exquisite brush and ink study being offered in the sale is therefore of immense consequence to Khakhar’s surviving body of work. Sotheby’s has been privileged in selling several seminal works by Khakhar in the past decade. Together, these aspects facilitated what has been termed as his 'coming out of the closet'. Four beautiful watercolours are also coming up for sale, including the vast preparatory study for Khakhar’s seminal oil painting The Celebration of Guru Jayanti (1980). Sheikh encouraged Khakhar to attend Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda and introduced him to many people who Khakhar would later collaborate with. Bhupen Khakhar (also spelled Bhupen Khakkar, born Bombay 10 March 1934 – died Baroda 8 August 2003) Bhupen Khakhar was a leading artist in Indian contemporary art. Now, a selection of works from the Estate of Bhupen Khakhar are being offered in Sotheby’s Boundless: India sale on 15 November in Mumbai. Bhupen Khakhar. A self-taught artist, Bhupen Khakhar was born in Bombay on the 10th of March 1934. In the UK, Khakhar stayed with his mentor and close friend, the British artist, Sir Howard Hodgkin, who he had met at the 2nd Triennale of India in 1972. [5], Khakhar's often openly homosexual themes attracted special notice. Boundless: India . The Khakhars were originally artisans who came from the Portuguese colony of Diu. Calling to mind both Indian miniatures and Henri Rousseau, Khakhar’s motifs included a watch repairman’s shop and scenes from Aesop’s Fables. Bhupen Khakhar. He declared his homosexuality, something which he had only hinted at before. [4] His work has been compared to that of David Hockney. (35 x 32 ½ in.) Khakhar worked as an accountant for many years partnering with Bharat Parikh & Associates in Baroda Gujarat India., pursuing his artistic inclinations in his free time. He moved to Baroda in 1962, where he chose a new career path as a writer and an artist, liberating himself from family pressures. Bhupen was the first of his family to attend the University of Bombay, where he took a B.A., with Economics and Political Sciences as his special subjects. Artist Bios ; Bhupen Khakhar ‹‹ Explore More. His works can be found in the collections of the British Museum, The Tate Gallery, London, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others. [2], Khakhar's oil paintings were often narrative and autobiographical. This was to become the hallmark of the next phase in his artistic production, an autobiographical chapter that made him the first Indian artist to freely disclose his sexual orientation through his work. In 2017, Sotheby’s set a world auction record for the artist with the sale of his 1972 ‘Trade’ painting, De-Luxe Tailors. Past Auction. (10.7 x 11.7 in.) In 1958, Khakhar met the young Gujarati poet and painter Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, who encouraged Khakhar's latent interest in art and encouraged him to come to the newly founded Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda. By subscribing you are agreeing to Sotheby’s Privacy Policy. Born in 1934, Khakhar began his career in art fairly late in life, at the age of 38. From Swaraj Art Archive, Bhupen Khakhar, Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 86 × 86 cm Stay informed with Sotheby’s top stories, videos & news. Bhupen Khakhar Untitled (Portrait of Pandoo) | Mumbai | oil on canvas | 106 x 83.8 cm. By the 1980s Khakhar was enjoying solo shows in places as far away as London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Tokyo. Khakhar painted homosexual love, life, and encounters from a distinctively Indian perspective.[6]. Indian & South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art. Bhupen Khakhar Overview; Works; Biography; Exhibitions; News; Events; Bhupen Khakhar. This period also coincided with the death of his mother in 1980, which allowed him a new freedom. Followers 161. Bhupen Khakhar MORNING Signed and dated in Gujarati centre right, titled 'Morning' upper centre and further titled and inscribed 'Morning (Not for Sale)' lower right Watercolour on paper 88.9 x 82.5 cm. Khakhar's early paintings depicted average people, such as the barber, the watch repairman, and even an assistant accountant with whom he worked. You can unsubscribe from Sotheby’s emails at any time by clicking the “Manage your Subscriptions” link in any of your emails. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion 104.8 x 83.8 cm 41 1/4 x 33 in. Bhupen Khakhar was born in Mumbai in 1934. 2012 'Aqua', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai. 1990–1999; 27.2 x 29.7 cm. Watercolour on paper Signed and dated lower right, verso signed and dated and inscribed 'To Tony and Teresa, with affection and love. School of Art in Bombay. He travelled to the USSR, Yugoslavia, Italy and the United Kingdom. But he is most of all known as a maverick, a man who defied and challenged societal norms, both through his works and life. In the year 2000, Khakhar was honoured with the Prince Claus Award[1] at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Artiste : Bhupen Khakhar (indien, 1934 - 2003) Titre : Phoren soap (bk w/15 works), vers 1990 - 1999 Support : etchings Taille : 27,2 x 29,7 cm. Born in 1934 into a middle-class Gujarati family, Khakhar first trained as a chartered accountant in Bombay. 1. [8] In You Can't Please All[9] (1981; London, Knoedler's) a life-size naked figure, a self-portrait, watches from a balcony, as father, son and donkey enact an ancient fable, winding through the townscape in continuous narration. SOTHEBY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIAN ART AUCTION TOTALS $4.8 MILLION IN NEW YORK, Indian & South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art, Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art Highlights on View in New Delhi, "Boundless: India" including Important Works by Bhupen Khakhar, Francis Newton Souza and Sayed Haider Raza, Boundless: India Highlights on View in New Delhi, The Piece That Started My Collection: Sabira Merchant, Storied Provenances in the Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art Online Auction, The Legacy of the Progressive Artists Group, Helen Barbier on Her Love of India and Its Artists, Bhupen Khakhar's Courageous Work, 'Two Men In Benares', Shelley Souza on Her Father's Emotionally Charged Version of a Biblical Tale. Overview. His paintings often contained references to Indian mythology and mythological themes. 22-nov-2018 - Géraldine Thelot descrubrió este Pin. For his friends and colleagues who have outlived him, he is a warm memory that continues to inspire — to be found in their art, their writings, and their wistful conversations. Noté /5. Portrait of Pandoo, 1977. By contrast, Baroda’s Faculty of Fine Arts was a breath of fresh air for the artist – it was new, it was contemporary, and it was in this atmosphere of free thought that Khakhar thrived. Frances works in Sotheby's Indian and South Asian Art department in London. In England in the 1970s, he bore witness to the increasing acceptance of homosexuality, which had been legalised the decade before. His career change was partly thanks to meeting the poet and painter Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh in 1958. Two Men in a Toilet, 1979. Despite having been qualified as a chartered accountant before moving to Baroda in 1962, he joined the Art Criticism course at the Faculty of Fine Arts where he started painting and became involved with the seminal Narrative- Figurative movement. View all works . 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