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January 03, 2017

Travel Through Nityan Unnikrishnan’s Dream-like Canvases

Text by Huzan Tata

His offbeat artworks on paper and khadi include portraits and vibrant landscapes…

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Working with paper and stretched khadi, Delhi-based artist Nityan Unnikrishnan creates canvases that have a dream-like quality to them. Traversing themes of history and memory, his artworks have a certain quirkiness that make them seem like they’re straight out of a storybook. Says writer Kai Friese in his essay on the exhibition, ‘I see many of the ruling themes and memes, even clichés of our times stretched across his canvas….  And a series of danse macabres of humanity going to hell. And doing it in a toxic landscape studded with monuments — Mughal and modernist from Akbar’s Fatehpur Sikri to Shivnath Prasad’s brutalist solids’.

Click here to read about the artist’s inspirations and works he’d like to own.

Wood From Ships is on display at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai (01/18 Kamal Mansion Floor 1, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba) until January 7, 2017

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