From a limited edition of forty-five
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Signed in English (lower right)
Lithograph on paper
36.8 cm x 26.7 cm   |  14.5 in x 10.5 in
StoryLTD Ref No: 38772
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Though individually, each motif that Sakti Burman employs in his figurative works may seem familiar, the realities that they come together to create are anything but recognizable. Frequently referred to as an 'alchemist of dreams', Burman's complex, otherworldly images are condensed through both experience and fantasy. Although the artist left India for France in his early twenties, and has lived there since, he continues to strongly believe that even today, the memories of his early years in India shape his paintings to a great extent.

Burman's multicoloured worlds bring together memories from the artist's childhood with more recent experiences, including a second childhood he lives vicariously through his grandchildren.

"Each of Sakti's canvases looks as finished as a meticulous filigree work. He creates a chequered chromatic surface of visual splendour by means of a dense network of varied tones and textures charged in every detail with strong but disciplined aesthetic stimulation" (Manasij Majumder, Sakti Burman: Dreamer on the Ark, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2001, p. 10). This unique marbling effect that Burman achieves in works is the result of an elaborate and meticulous process.

About Artistes indiens à Paris

In the mid-nineteenth century, Paris established itself as a Mecca of sorts for modern artists from all over the world. Following the Second World War and India’s independence, several Indian artists too travelled to Paris to soak in all they could of the art it offered and explore its cosmopolitan sophistication.

This collection of signed, limited edition serigraphs, lithographs and etchings showsthe diverse, creative practices of three Indian artists who spent a considerable time in Paris – S.H. Raza, SaktiBurman and Akkitham Narayanan. While Raza and Narayanan embraced abstract or non-objective idioms, Burman’s dreamscapes are populated by a host of figures, both real and mythical.

Together, these limited edition prints represent the ability of art to transcend geographic and cultural boundaries, and speak in a universal tongue.

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