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Shobha Broota (b. 1943) trained as a classical Indian vocalist before turning to art, so it’s no wonder that her art “aspires to the condition of music”, in the words of Walter Pater. Like the classical raagas, Broota’s canvases are tranquil and deceptively simple; and their abstract forms allow for reverie untethered to the confines of narrative. Broota’s lines have rhythm and subtle movement; her colours, a rich resonance; and her surfaces a texture that is complex and moving. In a long and celebrated career, Broota has worked in several modes – from realistic portraiture and print-making, to abstract minimalist paintings in oil and acrylic. ‘Untitled’ is part of a recent series in which Broota explores the visual effects of wool or thread stretched over canvas. The strands of wool, dyed in various hues, are stretched in taut lines over the canvas which is painted in vibrant monochrome to create ripple-like gradations of colour which shimmer and vibrate as one meditates on it.
The artist lives and works in New Delhi.