Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 73.7cm (H) x 106.7cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 29" (H) x 42" (W) x 1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Sharp enough to cut through silk that’s been dropped over it, and can shatter blade and bone alike. Designed to slice in one motion from the moment it exits its sheath. The curve streamlines the blade’s edge, so the wielder can draw and strike swiftly, almost simultaneously, because of which the katana is lightning-quick. Scarcely is the blade drawn when the opponent must block the strike or be struck down.
The artist made this with his own distinct hamon, or blade pattern, using his signature geometric style and brushstroke. Required a lot of precision and focus. Blade length is 31 inches (78.74cm), or in traditional Japanese measurements, 2 shaku 5 sun 9 bu.
Palette is brilliant yellow green, lemon yellow, white, olive green, sap green, payne’s grey, and their combinations.
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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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