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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 74

    ATUL DODIYA (B. 1959)

    Red Love Peas

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    ATUL DODIYA (B. 1959)
    Red Love Peas
    signed, titled and inscribed 'Atul Dodiya Red Love Peas 2007 watercolour, charcoal, soft pastel and acrylic with marble dust on paper 70 x 45" ATUL '07' (on the reverse)
    watercolor, soft pastel and acrylic with marble dust on paper
    69½ x 44½ in. (176.5 x 111.7 cm.)
    Executed in 2007

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    When facing an empty canvas, I try to create something that is extremely challenging to me. Chinese calligraphy has always been of one of my interests, yet I am aware of how difficult it is to create as an art form. I have often included text in my work, however for the first time I was confronted with the dilemma of not understanding the language I was about to paint. By using a script that is unknown to you, it becomes a form of abstraction. This was of interest to me and in many ways I approached this work as an abstract painting. Using the text to create free floating forms, I thought of Gaitonde and I knew that for most of my fellow Indians, this would be seen as an abstraction.

    Atul Dodiya (in dialogue with the artist)