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False Gods

They can't draw or paint or create a half-decent artwork but are worshiped by the art establishment as Gods. We prefer to remain infidels and refuse to kowtow to the False Gods of Art.

How the culture-vultures impoverished my soul

One expects art to ennoble our souls, much like a novel by Victor Hugo or a film by Bimal Roy. Instead, stepping into a gallery is like stepping on shit -bullshit.

Critiquing the critics

We smack down these smug bastards and their idiotic art-jargonese con mucho gusto!

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Mar 31, 2010

Best contemporary painters of nudes, part 2- Steve Hanks

Who the hell can leave Steve Hanks out of this list!

Blending into shadows and sheets

Model at rest

Casting her shadow

Previously in this series-

Best contemporary painters of nudes, part 1- Zhaoming Wu

Compare and contrast -

   How our Great Cheese do nudes:

28" x 20" Conte on paper
Jatin Das

One has to be cursed with the most malign blindness not to see that this idiot can neither draw or paint.Sadly very many are so afflicted.

Painting Jodhpur pink?

  This is a sponsored post.

The Let's color express rolls into India. Note the change of dates: it is now 2nd - 3rd April 2010 at Jodhpur. The aim according to the organizers is to "transform grey spaces with colourful paint". Previous 'successes' of the project include London:



The color palette chosen for Jodhpur, India is-

Jodhpur is an interesting selection - it is an attractive blue town in a colorful land,Rajasthan. The choice of pinks is intriguing.They go very well with the Jodhpur blues.But will they change the character of a blue building in a blue town? Will the pinks stand out? OK, that sounds stupid -of course they will! But as a lovely contrast or as a sore thumb? We shall find out shortly. One can also try to imagine if the blue city-

were a pink city(one of the pinks in the palette) -

or a merry turquoise blue(one of the blues in the palette)-

Or, a lemony, candy like yellow(sadly missing from the Jodhpur shade card. It would go very well with the others)-

and aren't we lucky that black is missing from the palette!

My previous post on the Let's Color Project-Ugly Betty to Angela Jolie.
The Let's Color Project facebook page.
Let's Color Project site.
Let's Color Project blog.

Mar 25, 2010

Milind Mulick in The Artist magazine

Indian artist Milind Mulick in the British magazine The Artist, June 2008 issue-


milind mulick_the artist magazine

Milind’s blog is here.

Mar 24, 2010

What a bloody marvelous painting, part 7

Yevgeny Monakhov

The painting does give the feeling of 'clean'.The combination of blues and whites and the skin hues is wonderfully fresh! Bloody marvelous, indeed.

Mar 23, 2010

How the Vaziranis et al. impoverished my soul

Riddhi Doshi does a write up in DNA about the Vaziranis of Saffronart.

If there is a God of Art then the Vaziranis(and others) will someday face divine judgment -and the verdict won't involve scotch-taping pretty white wings on them and allotting them their own fluffy, white cloud condo fully furnished with a harp and a satellite-sharp vision of the Earth.More like eternal fires, boiling oils and ghastly looking feminist hags with whiplashes.

The Vaziranis have over several years been very prominent in stultifying Indian art by promoting really horrid 'art' and 'artists'.And they have been hugely successful.In this respect I do not wish to single out this couple.There are hordes of like-minded creatures that inhabit the swamps of contemporary art( the Vaziranis are however among the top of the food chain).And such creatures -art dealers, gallery owners,academics, critics, clueless art beat reporters- are among the causes why it is a swamp, a bog and not a lush, sunlit field.

They are the reason why almost every time one enters a gallery or an art museum, one is confronted by purulent, meaningless images wrapped in a verbiage shot with idiocy. One expects art to ennoble our souls, much like a novel by Victor Hugo or film by Bimal Roy. Instead, stepping into a gallery is like stepping on shit -bullshit. The average person, mystified, unable to make anything out of the in-you-face 'courageous' 'art' staring down at him, just hastens for the door.He thinks,"I don't get it but experts say it is deep. So it must be.I must be stupid."

Yes, mate, you are - for believing that you are. For suspending your judgment when attacked by arty-sharty mumbo-jumbo.For disarming yourself intellectually. For giving up when faced with such banal idiocies like a work by Ganeh Haloi -

Untitled 3
Offset Print on paper
20.5 x 28 in/ 52.1 x 71.1 cm
Ganesh Haloi

or Jatin Das-

Pen and ink on paper
8 x 12.5 in / 20.3 x 31.8 cm
by J
Jatin Das

or Krishen Khanna-

Graphite on paper
14 x 10 in/ 35.6 x 25.4 cm
Krishen Khanna

No, mate, they are not 'deep'. But the whole stinking art establishment wants you to believe they are.

It's a nice intellectual con for those who are psychologically up to it. Hey,with enough creative marketing the art-elites can even sell human feces -in the name of art! They are that good -and that corrupt.

Riddhi Doshi doesn't mention any of it in the article. One doesn't expect mere journalists to.The art establishment openly brandishes it's vapid art-jargon as a hugely intimidating weapon.It's like a 20.000lb bomb displayed on the deck.The art reporters are scared shit to touch it- to question the premises, the dubious aesthetics and the general all round lunatic-quality creepiness that passes for 'creativity'. So they merely become a part of the PR machine and a tool of these knavishly profiteering sophists.

They are the useful idiots of the Big Art. They cannot comprehend that the bomb contains no bang -only a lot of rats.

The  Vaziranis make a nice packet out of it -as do the others.I have no objection if some fool wants to buy a M.F.Husain for obscene millions. But an intellectual atmosphere has been created where now the rotten is worshiped and and the good horse-whipped.When you can make a killing doing this -

 Mixed media on paper
17 x 22 in /43.2 x 55.9 cm
  Jai Zharotia

then why strive for years to perfect yourself to do something like this-

Evan Wilson

It will only be trashed as regressive.It might be stunningly beautiful -but appreciation of that is a virtue missing in these dark souls.A soul that trashes beauty is indeed a dark pit.

No, my objection to the Vaziranis and their ilk is not that they enrich themselves peddling their fetid wares -it's that they have done their bit so that those who offer beauty, sincerity, talent, skill and years of learning are not able to peddle theirs. Where is the space? Not in the Vaziranis' gallery.And not in thousands of others. Good art survives -in smaller, less 'prestigious' galleries and in an almost underground network of  practitioners and admirers. Internet now helps.But we must not forget that it has been driven out of the large, prominent, 'prestigious' museums and galleries.

I would love to go to an exhibition and spend some or a lot of time deriving pleasure from observing a fine painting, an enjoyment that is almost metaphysical. I would like to appreciate the skill, the effort, the learning, and the genius-

Changbai Mountain Trip
Pen and ink
Yu-tang Yang
(do click on the image to appreciate the enormous talent of  Yu)

but I dread that almost always I shall have to face something like this-

Pencil on paper
15 x 12 in /38.1 x 30.5 cm
Akbar Padamsee 

and a lot of clueless but fawning automatons who have been drilled to applaud the muck. Wine glasses held delicately, they will go 'ooh' and 'aah' over the latest asininity of some famous ass....sorry, artist.
Bose Krishnamachari
Acrylic on paper

Art is a fuel for the soul.My soul has been impoverished by having been denied the fuel. Mine and countless millions' others.All I see is a devastated landscape. The locusts have done their job. But these locusts do not fly away. They entrench themselves and sit in judgment on the pauperized farmers.

Thank you,Vaziranis, thank you, Kumars, thank you others for making us poorer in spirit. Thank you,thank you and thank you.

Disclosure - I was rejected out of hand by Saffronart for 'technical' reasons. Have a look at my works and then compare with what the Vaziranis' are pushing. I should like to sound modest, but this is not the time.

Note- I must emphasize again that I do not wish to single out the Vaziranis. This is not personal. They are merely one among many -very many; although among the most prominent.The sewer is teeming.

Foreign artists in India -William Matthews

I saw William Matthews' striking paintings at the India Habitat Centre, March, 2006. His works were mostly cowboys and some related to India in scenic watercolors. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find good images of his Indian paintings. This is from the poster of the exhibition which I kept. It was too good to throw away*-

And I just adore the 70mm feel.Oh, I do miss those old panoramic wild west films!

*Update- There was never was a possibility of my throwing way this lovely image -and not just because it is lovely.The poster was autographed very sweetly for the charming Mrs. WtHA by Matthews.She later handed it over to me knowing my passion for collecting images of nice paintings.I'm a peace loving man.The option of throwing away Mrs.WtHA's gifts just does not exist.

Previously in the series Foreign artists in India-

Lady Charlotte Canning
Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon
Lucy Willis
Stuart Robertson
Julian Barrow

Mar 21, 2010

Ugly Betty to Angela Jolie -the Let's Color Project

 This is a sponsored post.

Many animals don't see color too well(say, a cow) or not at all(a shark). Bulls, all muscle and no brain dumbos, charge at the red cloth without knowing if it is really red. They don't see red and the credulous souls would just as well charge if the cloth were citron with a polydot print(very much out of fashion -one can comprehend the bull's anger).

What grass?

Prairie Dogs are unlikely to enjoy a quiet promenade by  lush greenery and are prone to jump traffic lights- the poor souls don't see green or red.

But hey, we are not dogs -prairie or savanna or the local,street variety.
Color is our birthright!

My own personal collection of color includes all the shades of pigments I can get hold of. Trying out a new shade is compulsion.

In painting - of the sane kind anyway - color is a means to an end. However there is a deep soulful happiness in applying a broad stoke of rich color on a sympathetic surface. A brush laden with a high quality pigment hitting the paper or canvas is a pleasure that equals or surpasses rubber hitting the road when that rubber belongs to a Ferrari.

It's like raindrops pattering off your naked back -there is no evident metaphysical significance but hey, it feels deep!

For sheer gratification, that brush needs be really broad and the canvas awfully wide. Yes, I mean painting a wall. Or even better - a building! In the meanest, brightest (or softest, if you wish)shades you would love to indulge in.Choosing a color for the sheer pleasure of  enjoying that color -and not worrying about if goes with the curtains.It's so much fun -soulful fun -that the government ought to have a large wall open to each citizen to do with as he/she pleases with all hues of paints provided. Will definitely take our mind off food price inflation. Way better than getting drunk.

Dulux has started something on this line called the Lets Colour Project , "a worldwide initiative to transform grey spaces with colourful paint", according to their blurb.

I was contacted by one of the gentleman (correction-oops! it's actually a lady) involved in the project sometime back.The initiative involves taking up your plain Jane (or ugly Betty) buildings and edifices and transforming them into Angela Jolies of architecture.



And more-

There are several examples here.

Action comes to Jodhpur, India on 2nd-3rd April. I'm wangling to get a seat on the color express. Let's see.

Facebook page of the project.

Mar 18, 2010

Cockroaches took over art and the world applauded

This appeared a few days ago but it is a routine item-

Silly, pretentious and not even trying to fake a flicker of intelligence or talent.Transparently con.Why do we take it for granted that this is what 'great' artists do? Why don't we hold them up to some standards? When did the great men die off and the cockroaches took over?

I shall comment on it later. Rushed now.

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