BADRI NARAYAN (INDIAN 1929-2013)
A Couple, 2005
watercolor and ink on paper
56 x 56 cm (22 x 22 in.)
signed in Devanagari center right, signed and dated on verso
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the artist (Copy available upon request)
Badri Nayan was a well-known Indian author, pedagogue, self-taught artist and illustrator best known for his mosaics, ceramic tile paintings, and, later, watercolors. Following his first solo exhibition of paintings at the Hyderabad Art Society in 1954, Nayan held over fifty solo exhibitions over the course of his career. He has illustrated books such as "The Ramayana" (1988), "The Mahabharata" (1985), "In Worship of Shiva" (1986), and "Indian Mythical Heroines" (1977), as well as illustrated and authored several of his own. Much of the artist`s oeuvre is informed by traditional Indian art, folklore, and mythology, especially Indian miniature painting. With its fine linework, two-dimensional rendering of space, and bright chromatic palette, "The Couple" is a prime example of the artist`s symbolic, small-format watercolors.