INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
- Born in 1954 Mumbai, India
- Lives and works in London, UK
UNDERSTANDING THE ARTIST
Anish Kapoor has reliably kept up for his craft to not enter the domains of a hypothetical idea or ensnared message. Rather he makes pieces that welcome an encounter, of miracle, stunningness and a mind-boggling reaction from the person. The style of his work, welcomes the watcher to glimpse inside, pulling them in an illusionary attractive inclination inside the artwork.
Much before Kapoor moved to monumental works, pigments and bold singular powerful colours have been constant in his portfolio. He uses natural materials like sandstone, marble and slate which are embodied with raw powdered pigment of vivid hues elevating the visceral quality of his installations. The substantial element of bold colours (be it wax or coarse powder) is explored, in a way that the finished gleam of his art shares a lyrical tone of prospect on the colour itself.
The theatricality of Kapoor’s art in the subsequent part of his career is based largely on his monumental sculptural installations, the nature of which is derived from its materiality. The form-based artworks are so overpowering that they begin to adjust spaces that are marked by their existence. Featured in public spaces, ventured out from its natural space with the spatial dimension of attaching itself to public spaces, the artwork is suited in its own form. The scale, skin and sensualness of materiality is what motivates his works and relation to the viewer. Removed from any influence from Indian arts and aesthetics, he believes that the one subjectivity of the artist is not all that important and wants to take himself out of the way and two art coming from a non-European background artist has been exoticized which is limiting as it leads to a distraction from the artwork itself.
Anish Kapoor, Arcellor Mittal Orbit, 2012, 4507.8’’. Installation view, Olympic Village, Stratford, UK.
Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate, 2004, stainless steel, 396 x 792.1 x 503.9”. Installation view, Millenium Park, Chicago.
Anish Kapoor, Memory, 2008, corten steel, 176.3 x 353.1 x 570.8”. Installation view.
Anish Kapoor, Non-Object (Spire), 2007, stainless steel, 302.2 x 300 x 300 cm
Anish Kapoor, S–Curve, 2006, stainless steel, 216.5×975.4×121.9cm
Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror, Red, 2009, stainless steel and lacquer, 270 x 290 x 146 cm
Anish Kapoor, Turning the World Upside Down, 2010, stainless steel, 5 x 5 x 5 m
Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2010, gouache on paper, 50.5×67
Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2010, stone, Japanese lacquer, 180 x 80 x 90 cm
Anish Kapoor, Untitles 2005, Steel, Resin, Grease and Paint, 63 x 235 x 173 cm