Working collaboratively since 2000, celebrated artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra address current issues in urban India through a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, fashion and product design, as well as graphic and interior design. The work of this uniquely versatile duo is characterized by exuberant colour and elaborate imagery. Their hyper-media fusion reflects the dynamism and ambition of India's rapidly growing economy, while commenting on consumerism and social aspirations. Drawing from pop culture, national history and city life, Thukral & Tagra meld their respective backgrounds in fine arts and graphic design into a distinctive and vibrant contemporary style.
Powerful yet whimsical, Dominus Aeris Mirage - 3 (Lot 1695) depicts this fascination with consumerism and explores urbanization and displacement in the ever expanding metropolis. Dominus Aeris means "Master of the Air", Mirage refers to optical illusions and combined, this title points toward the artists' mastery of the imagined. Ironically these flowers, trees and birds have grown to massive proportions and engulf the high rise apartment blocks, and a vertical tower of clouds dominates the composition. Another tiny dwelling floats in the sky on a lotus flower, whilst an electrical tower sinks into the barely visible horizon. Combining fantasy with reality, Thukral & Tagra achieve a playful, cutting-edge dialogue which combines a rare mix of high culture and reflective, ironic kitsch.