ARPITA SINGH (b. India 1937)
The ritual
signed and dated 'ARPITA SINGH 89' (upper right) and inscribed 'ARPITA SINGH 'THE RITUAL' NOT FOR SALE' on reverse
oil on canvas
66 x 60 1/8 in. (167.6 x 152.8 cm)

Lot Essay

At the time this work was created, the artist was preoccupied with the notion of human sacrifice in primitive societies. Her characteristic imagery has been adapted to communicate an impression of the primordial, seen both in the burly, lumbering figures as well as her specific choice of utensils and objects depicted in the painting.

Human figures play a large role in Arpita Singh's work, though often it is the plastic form of the figures rather than representation of people that is of prime importance. The paintings "reflect the way I am emotionally and spiritually and accordingly I try to create a language, a process. It could have been chairs, people, or anything, that is not very important. To me the texture, the application are very important." (In interview with Neville Tuli, The Flamed Mosaic - Indian Contemporary Painting, Ahmedabad, 1997, p. 388.)


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