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Puneet Kaushik’s (b. 1972) art is characterized by the use of diverse media -- beads made of glass or coral, cotton, wool or jute cord, metal wire, etc. Kaushik works these into his canvases using techniques drawn from various Indian craft forms such as crochet, block-printing, embroidery, tufting, wire-mesh weaving, etc. Kaushik’s canvases are often distinctive for their bead-work inspired by Tibetan embroidery, a technique that is now little practiced, and the liberal use of red – the colour of blood which, for him, signifies the oneness of human life underlying peoples of all race, religions and nationalities. In ‘Untitled’, the textured red canvas provides a surreal backdrop to a grim and shabby cityscape etched in black ink – a reference to the mushrooming cities and the concrete jungle around us.
Kaushik studied Studio Art at the University of California, Berkeley (Extension) and has been closely associated with Dastkar, a leading Indian crafts non-government, for over two decades. He lives and works in New Delhi.