Art Appreciation: Akbar Padmasee’s Metascapes

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

“…colours expand and contract, colours travel on the surface of the static painting… colour trajectory is strategy… A colourist needs to master the art of silencing some colours, so as to render others eloquent.” – Akbar Padmasee

Akbar Padamsee, India Myth and Reality, Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Oxford, 1982, p. 17

My twins who are 2nd graders now, have this interesting chapter in their art book called ‘Splish-splash’. This chapter explores different textures and colour combinations. There is also this interesting concept where they are asked to imagine a topsy-turvy world; a world with jumbled up colours. How does it make you feel? It is a very fascinating way to expose the children to think ‘out of the box’, to make them understand an impressionist’s view of the world. How an object is seen through a different perspective by an artist.

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