Akbar Padamsee's Metascapes, begun in 1970, represent his long involvement with the theme of the landscape. As the term Metascape suggests, Padamsee is concerned with the mythic or archetypal landscape which is expressed visually by a stringent ordering of timeless elements, such as the earth, the sun, and the moon, in a temporal space.
The use of a bold pallette complements his choice of the landscape as subject. The colours evoke a sense of movement in an unmoving space. Padamsee states 'colours expand and contract, colours travel on the surface of the static painting. Colours reach out of their skins to invade each others territories...colour trajectory is strategy...A colourist needs to master the art of silencing some colours, so as to render others eloquent.'