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The shining stars of Indian art on the global landscape
Indian art and artists have truly gone global with a string of shows – solo as well as group – involving both established and emerging artists. Global art auction houses and event directors are giving a place of pride to practitioners from the country, leaving an indelible mark on the international art scene.

Indeed, contemporary Indian art and artists have gone global with a string of shows. We take a quick look at some of the internationally acclaimed artists who will continue to find favor with collectors and/ or investors…

Atul Dodiya: His diverse and dynamic art practice, socially and politically responsible in nature, has evolved to become increasingly complex, with the subjects of his address, and his references more specific. His striking imagery has invariably been packed with a stirring swirl of motifs: Bollywood, film stars, political icons, Hindu mythology characters, and so on. His canvases allude to everything - from the eccentric everyday India to high art elements from all over. They embrace issues ranging from exuberant Indian economy to the garish kitsch and disturbing disquiet of daily life.

Subodh Gupta: Though he often dwells on domestic themes, he has become an internationally renowned artist. A sculptor, installation-maker, video artist and painter -all rolled in one, this multi-faceted practitioner incorporates in his works everyday objects like bicycles, thali pans, and milk pails, as well as the mass-produced steel boxes used to carry lunch. Employing such ordinary items he can produce scintillating sculptures that even while acknowledging the reach of contemporary art, reflect and resonate with his homeland’s economic transformation.

Bose Krishnamachari: As a creator, curator and practitioner of art in various forms and domains, he likes to challenge and defy conventional concepts of visual art practices to set his own norms. He has further broadened and deepened his curatorial vision with the Mumbai-based Gallery BMB.

Jitish Kallat: Counted among the most exciting and talented contemporary artists not just in India, but also internationally, Jitish Kallat has received recognition for his dynamic work that reflects an involvement with Mumbai. His practice derives much of its visual language from the artist’s immediate milieu, tacking his core themes centered around survival, sustenance and mortality in the contemporary urban environ.

Chintan Upadhyay: He is particularly known for his creations revolving around the theme of pop cultural symbolism and its influence in society. His creations force viewers to turn inward; they make us to look at ourselves. He often explores the iconography of Pop to convey his subject matter. His paintings carry references from media, advertisements, Bollywood and even the traditional miniature paintings.

Baiju Parthan: His fascination for technology, blended with his passion for mythology is palpable in his practice. The artist views them as symbiotic, as he thinks both mythology and technology feed off each other. He is in constant search of metaphors that can seamlessly be translated into artistic symbols. He has studied the Indian mystical arts, tantra, ritual arts, and Indian mythology that he includes in his contemporary art practices.

Riyas Komu: His oeuvre refers to the paradoxes of the urban situation that he paints with cynicism and compassion. The artist strives to archive the times, as well as reflect our immediate concerns – both localized and globalized. It is a striking reflection on the contemporary condition, and often appears to be a multiple space in which we are left grasping the moment, in order to release results or meaning.

Jagannath Panda: His style of painting is suited to his concerns, in sync with immediate surroundings of his home state Orissa and New Delhi where he now lives. In fact, he tends to draw energy from wherever he locates himself. In Jagannath Panda’s work, a routine event or any commonplace object gets imparted with symbolic stature that is oriented to represent collective aspirations or sometimes rigid dogmas.

T.V. Santhosh: His works deal with complex contemporary issues like global unrest, conflict and violence. The themes of violence, injustice, and inequality dominate his artistic agenda. Drawing on images and news reports from the media, he combines pointed text and repetitive sculptural forms to make a statement on both the persistent nature of violence and the way it gradually becomes the norm, through recurrence.

Sunil Gawde: The artist proficiently fuses his immense artistic sensibility and creativity with fine design and craft skills. His tools often include sophisticated paint materials and implements like trowels and scrapers for achieving a layered depth in his pigments. This results in textured surfaces - dynamic and dramatic in nature.

D Ebenezer Sunder Singh: The paintings of Paul Cézanne and his principles of Art influenced me immensely. From his work principles, the artist reveals to have understood the traditional Indian painting methods. His recent paintings revolve around Humanistic principles. The human figures (the central element of his pictures) shift time and space to locate the psychological characteristics and the principles of life.

Alwar Balasubramaniam: His artistic agenda is to reveal the omnipresent, albeit invisible, the essential yet overlooked, or the strong yet unnoticed. It unravels not only the immediate world but also one within us. He lets us transgress the boundaries between elements, as they seamlessly connect and then converge, as if questioning the submissiveness of our own consciousness to them and their foundation, in the process. For more than a decade, he has assiduously kept challenging our notions; also pushing our pre-set limits of understanding and perception of material as well as experience of space.

Owais Husain: He is taking the legacy of his father, late MF Husain, ahead by walking into his footsteps and carving a niche for himself as a multimedia artist of immense talent and skill, Having identity as the maestro's son has been a matter of pride, on one hand, and a burden of expectations to carry, on other hand; the proud son has done so with élan. Mostly figurative, his work dwells on those transfixed moments between ubiquitous people and peculiar situations.

Prajjwal Choudhury: Its everyday matchboxes that he imprints with intriguing images of the works of several world-renowned artists, collated into a captivating collage. He touches upon the theme of a capitalist society driven by a consumerist attitude. It seems as if he is protesting the way we deploy and easily discard everyday objects.