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Blue Whale

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Blue Whale

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Abdullah Khan

US$ 2,000

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2019

Acrylic on canvas

Unique Work

Dimensions: 101.6cm (H) x 198.1cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 40" (H) x 78" (W) x 1" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

Artist Statement

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Made using prussian blue, white, unbleached titanium and a dash of grey, 50m tape, in 3 days. Crisp clean lines all round. Brush stroke visible under movement or light, further defining the shape, a continuation of my fascination with animal form.

"We sent whalesong into interstellar space because the creatures that sing these songs are superlative beings that fill us with awe, terror, and affection. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched them into our mythologies and iconography. Their bones frame the archways of medieval castles. They’re so compelling that we imagine aliens might find them interesting — or perhaps understand their otherworldly, ethereal song."
- Nick Pyenson

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Artist Profile

Born: 1987

Hometown: Hyderabad

Based in: Hyderabad

After first drawn to painting after being inspired by Cubism's proposal of perceiving the physical, I create works that play on human vision and perception. I am keenly interested in the intersection of abstraction and representation, subconscious and conscious, art and technology.

I am very much inspired by David Hockney, Picasso, Bacon, SH Raza, among others. Any number of subjects from my rather broad and arcane interests as well as my own contemplations and observations of the current zeitgeist inspire my work. I intend to continue making geometrics although I have painted large, life-size animals and humans in my style, as well as landscapes, a series of mountains which I will continue to expand, as well as pure conceptual abstractions designed to allow the mind to relax and wander, and induce mindfulness.

My artworks are creations made by hand, thoroughly researched, precisely mapped and measured before painting with hundreds of layers in a technique I've developed over 4 years of painting: clean, crisp lines separating blocks of colour, with visible brushstroke texture. I always start from scratch, on a blank piece of paper. Most of the time there is a concept or subject behind a painting that had particular significance or had inspired me based around which an artwork is created. Other times the specific materials dictate the piece into a composition that complements it. I often use hardware brushes for their granular texture to compliment my speedy brush strokes.

I am very much curious of new and emergent technologies and how they continue to drive progress and further innovation, pushing our collective knowledge forward, and how they affect the sensibilities of form, design, and art. The end result of the work is an object that remains decidedly analog and handcrafted in the face of increasing automation, yet developed aided by modern technology.

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