In the late 1970's, K.G. Subramanyan began to experiment with a vibrant two hundred year old craft tradition of reverse painting. His visual language comprises of a combination of past art practices and personal experiences, tempered to suit his own constitution and modern sensibilities.
According to the artist: "You can call these my bazaar paintings ... paintings that deal with sensoriness of the commonplace, the strange provocativeness or the nudginess, of what you see down the street." (As told to E. Datta, 'Each Time a New Beginning', K.G. Subramanyan, Vadehra Art Gallery, Exhibition Catalogue, New Delhi, 2000.)