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Rahul Chauhan

My paintings portray the present occurring around me and my reflections of these occurrences. Also embedded are recollections from my past that appear from the nostalgia brought about by my memories. They endeavour to suggest a subtle surrealistic feel or ‘an atmosphere’ on the canvas. In ‘Exultation in Harmony’ I seek to describe the heightened ‘atmosphere of my feelings’ in conjunction with the various experiences, surroundings and music during my travels. Also to pin-point the gravity of the experience, I have used certain symbols from Hindu mythology, like the male buffalo signifying Yamraj, the God of death who is stalled by the enchantment of the music. The form of the eagle symbolizes a blind singer’s song, portrayed in the form of a pot that exuberates light and brightness in an almost sublime way. In ‘Challenging the Calm’, I attempt to delicately combine the comfort of what is familiar and comfortable with my suspicions of the new. The sunflowers reflect the vibrancy of the sun; the black cat contentedly placed avoiding any impediment and the dove, a signifier of peace. In contrast, the snake forms suggests a hint of concern and the stark red drapery which challenges the calm...