Jitish Kallat - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, October 17, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The images are like a picture puzzle, which the viewer has to decode and conclude upon. The treatment of the picture plane is like a battered wall, and refers to the duality in his painting.“ (Jitish Kallat) Jitish Kallat describes these large format canvases as “vast collision portraits of the thumping, claustrophobic city street, part of my persistent project to find fresh ways to register the life I see around. Cars, buses, scooters, cycles, cats, cows and humans collide and coalesce to form mega-explosions”. (Jitish Kallat Unclaimed Baggage, Albion Gallery, London, 2007, p.16) Kallat’s paintings are created by building up numerous layers of paint and collage that are then allowed to dry, before peeling away portions of the paint layer to create the image. The composition of this work captures the amalgamation of the contradictory and paradoxical nature of Bombay. The masses of public, private, modern and traiditonal vehicles explode from the central nodes of the canvasses, flattened into crowded surface silhouettes. The twin ideas of collisions and explosions, seem appropriate for a city which seems to simultaneously implode and burst at the seams, undergoing both fusion and fission. The rough quality and graffiti like surfaces in combination of the large sizes gives his paintings the feeling of an old Mumbai wall. Resting the canvas on paired bronze lions leaping forward, Kallat transports his paintings into faceted installations. (Chemould Contemporary Art Gallery)


Rickshawpolis 10

Acrylic on canvas with bronze sculptures.
172.6 x 233.8 cm. (68 x 92 in); each bronze sculpture: 31 x 29 x 47 cm. (12 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 18 1/2 in).
Titled 'rickshawpolis' lower right.

£80,000 - 120,000 ‡♠

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Oct 2008 2pm