In the late 1970s, the Raza's focus turned to pure geometrical forms; his images were improvisations on an essential theme: that of the mapping out of a metaphorical space in the mind. The circle or "Bindu" now became more of an icon, sacred in its symbolism, and placed his work in an Indian context.
Raza says that when he paints the bindu, it is as though he is literally in the womb of time, with no disturbance of sound or sight, as though he is creating a spark of divinity.
About Serigraphs V: S H Raza
Whether he was painting carefully constructed scapes in Paris in the 1950s, or maturing his art through geometric abstractions, India’s foremost modern painter S.H. Raza has always sought a diasporic engagement with his Indian roots. Raza's work, heavy with symbolism from Hindu metaphysics, explores concepts such as the Panchtatva (the five elements of nature) often exploding on his canvas in a palette of red, yellow, black, blue and white.
At the centre of this is the Bindu—the ubiquitous black dot of Raza's oeuvre, that became the basis for many of his later works—which features significantly throughout this collection of serigraphs.