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Abdullah Khan

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2015

Acrylic on Canvas

Unique Work

Dimensions: 83.8cm (H) x 106.7cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 33" (H) x 42" (W) x 1" (D)

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

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164 separately painted layers to form this chaos vs ordered composition. The black in the background is not really black at all, but three sections each of deep blue, deep green and deep red, from top to bottom.

The whites are simply that, white, except most sections have additional layers for extra luminosity. Brush strokes are visible but with an overall fine surface finish. The cubes and stripes were initially masked to paint the dark background so it wouldn't affect the quality of white. Each small cube on the left has three distinct sections, one face and two sides, all painted separately. Which means that due to the large amount of lines, the effect of light is quite stunning, reflecting the edges of their lines from different angles.

As a universal law of nature, things tend toward chaos and disorder when left to themselves, and energy is required to bring the system back to an ordered, coherent state. Thing is, as entropy is reduced and things get more and more organised, you tend to need more and more energy to remove the last remnants of chaos, a perfectly organised and efficient system always achievable yet ever so slightly out of reach.

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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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