Art of the week: ‘16102014’ by Kanchana Gupta

‘16102014’ by Kanchana Gupta

Part of the series Fragments in Time, this painting appears rugged and worn — an example of Gupta’s experimental style, where she visibly manipulates oil paint into a three-dimensional structure. By doing so, she creates a work of art that intelligently hovers between the lines of painting and sculpture. ​Composed of several layers of burnt stripped paint, Gupta is able to give her work a great sense of depth in terms of colour and texture. The different gradients of reds, paired with the raw and exposed qualities left on the surface, gives it a worn yet fragile quality. Here, Kanchana Gupta’s exploration of issues concerning social fragmentation is essentially represented through the transformative nature of her work. Nathalie Soo. 

See ‘16102014’ by Kanchana Gupta at the Phrase, Rephrase exhibition at Galerie Steph (01-05 ARTSPACE@Helutrans, 39 Keppel Road). Till Sep 19. Tue-Sat 12pm-7pm.

This column is in collaboration with The Artling – a curated selection of Art from Asia’s best galleries and artists,

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