Ganesh Pyne creates enigmatic images often drawn from the world of traditional folklore. Myths and fables told to him as a child play an important role in Pyne's paintings as do his own childhood memories and fears. Warriors and symbols of heroism rekindle in his mind ancient associations, when establishing idealistic values were of principal importance.
Pyne began using tempera as his primary medium in the mid 1960s. Until then, he had used inks and washes but was becomingly increasingly dissatisfied with the character of watercolour as a medium. Tempera is an opaque medium where pigment is mixed with a binding agent to fix it on canvas. His experiments with indigenous powder pigments and a variety of binding agents allowed him to develop a unique way of building up the surface and texture of the canvas.
Here, his figuration has become more angular and his palette more luminous which lends an air of mystery to the work. The strength of the torchbearer is re-iterated through the serene and constant glow of the torch he holds.