Tribute to the Masters

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Vatsalya (Adoring Krishna), 2008 Oil on Canvas 42 X 60 Inches
Shringar (adornment), 2007 Oil on Canvas 60 X 48 Inches
Mrignayani(doe-eyed), 2008 Oil on Canvas
Basant_Bahar (spring), 2008 Oil on Canvas 48 X 54 Inches
Tribute to the Masters

5b Pall Mall
Royal Opera Arcade
London SW1Y 4UY
United Kingdom
December 1st, 2008 - December 31st, 2008

0207 930 8069
10.00 - 19.00
realism, surrealism, figurative, modern, traditional



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The figures which belonged once solely to the old masters of European artists, and are known to be such throughout the world, have been diligently transformed by Gopal Swami Khetanchi, into an Indian persona, and thus have been given two contexts: Western and Eastern both. These are recreations of sorts, keeping in view the original works, yet charting one’s own course while painting.

By subtle additions to the original features in terms of line, form and color and by certain new embellishments of fine quality, Khetanchi has been able to communicate to us that, it is not only the skill in competently handling the figures afresh, which is at play here, but also the perception of an artist as well, which would like to give the old works a new feel, and a new intent. In fact this very perception has culminated into a charged energy, and has helped ably paint the figures, where he can claim them as his own. Like Ruben’s Helen, has been portrayed in an Indian persona, and Krishna and Gopi’s have been added to bring in more ‘color’ and charm to the total picture. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has been given an Odhini, a transparent one, and necklaces, to adorn the image, and Ingre’s – the source has been painted in all its sensuousness, yet has been covered partially keeping the Indian cultural sentiments in mind. Khetanchi has changed various elements of the original paintings to the Indian social-cultural context. One can say that these are adaptations of the paintings to suit our environs.