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Killer Whale

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Killer Whale

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Abdullah Khan

US$ 3,000

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2020

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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Another apex predator. The aerodynamic shape and huge power of the killer whale allows it to reach incredible speeds underwater. They’ve also got huge brains, and the cortex of their brain is more convoluted than the human cerebral cortex. They also evolve through culture, have families, language and local dialects, hunt and play cooperatively. They dive deep too, using their ability to regulate blood flow to heart and brain at will. Beautiful creatures.

Painted in black and white with deep blue background, 2 meters wide and 1 meter tall.

Killer whales are black and white for a reason; their colouring helps to camouflage them by obscuring their outline in the water.

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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, Abdullah Khan creates paintings that play on human vision and perception. His practice focuses keenly on the intersection of abstraction and representation, subconscious and conscious, art and technology. Trained as a mechanical engineer, his research into industrial design lead eventually to art as a profession in 2015 based out of a studio in Hyderabad, India.

He is very much inspired by Picasso, David Hockney, and more recently Francis Bacon. Any number of subjects from his rather broad and arcane interests as well as his own contemplations of changing self and impartial observations of the current zeitgeist inspire his work. His style is informed by technological precision and analog draughtsman-ship with visible readings from cubism, minimalism, the colour theorists, the abstract expressionists, although the diversity of subject matter defy any single classification.
Works are thoroughly researched, precisely mapped and measured before painting in a technique; clean, crisp lines separating blocks of colour, often with visible brushstroke texture. He always starts from scratch, on a blank piece of paper. Most of the time there is a concept or image that had particular significance based around which an artwork is conceived, other times the specific materials or dictate the piece into a composition that complements it. There is an apparent love of paint. As with all art the self and the context is projected which invites subjective readings, which he welcomes as he insists on no particular meaning himself, allowing the work to affect the nervous system and draw a response.

He is 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 handmade in the face of increasing automation, despite being possible, directly or indirectly, only by modern technology.

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