Urban Mirage

Urban Mirage" a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Madan Lal

 

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 'Urban Mirage' a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Madan Lal.

“Mirage’, the title of the series depicts the man who has turned into an ascetic, after breaking away from the world of materialism that is chasing him as a bird. He seems desperate to search the reflection of self, in the blue water below. Interestingly, Madan leaves it to the viewers to follow the quest and find the answer to the reflection that eludes like a mirage.


Madan seems to have woven a fabric that is expressive of the journey undertaken in life. Symbols of organic elements like floral patterns, egrets, lotus, germination of seeds , etc. find their place along with the fast pace of technology symbolized by  the steering wheel , globe, kettle, , glasses ,watches, etc.



Though deeply Philosophic in content pertaining to purpose of life and its finality, Madan’s works do not have any melancholic effect and are rather visually very appealing. Despite having travelled internationally, he has remained rooted to his heritage and has been deeply inspired by the tradition of colourful embroidered fabric, “Phulkari”,  that has left a deep impact on him from his childhood days in Punjab. Just as is done in Phulkari, he has woven the life philosophy, except in his case it is on the canvas painted with a myriad of colours.

About the Artist : For MadanLal, hailing from Punjab, the land of great mystic tradition of “Sufism”, the words of this Punjabi folk- lore, resonated in his conscious and made him embark on a journey of self introspection. Hence it comes as no surprise that through his creative expression as an artist, he translated it on his canvas in the latest series “The Internal Quest”, 2013.


His works are a kaleidoscope of life experiences that always find their space in some nook or corner of his composition. Reflective of his growth not only as an artist, his works are a narration of a personal inner journey and spiritual growth. Each canvas is like a book which in the initial glance attracts with a visual appeal, but when looked at more closely requires an attentive mind, to understand many interwoven aspects and elements, that could range from mundane life to a spiritual seeking. It is interesting to watch the Bull, a symbol of power and virility, an element that has been dominating his previous series, start to merge in the background. His work “Journey”, has the Bull with his eyes half closed, becoming composed and merging with its surrounding elements harmoniously. The series introduces the presence of Soul as Self, symbolized by reflective human faces.  


In his series, the Human face , time and again ,  stands out from the crowd comprising of everyday elements symbolized by the kettle, glasses , germinating plants, geometric patterns , etc. , as seen in the work titled , “Face within - 3” . Each of these elements symbolizes materialism that is being questioned by the mortal being who has become aware of the “Parrot” that symbolizes a caged bird waiting to take its flight. Madan’s retrospection reflects even in the work titled, “Celebration”, where despite material abundance, the protagonist in the form of a lady bears a forlorn gaze.


Though deeply Philosophic in content pertaining to purpose of life and its finality, Madan’s works do not have any melancholic effect and are rather visually very appealing. Despite having travelled internationally, he has remained rooted to his heritage and has been deeply inspired by the tradition of colourful embroidered fabric, “Phulkari”,  that has left a deep impact on him from his childhood days in Punjab. Just as is done in Phulkari, he has woven the life philosophy, except in his case it is on the canvas painted with a myriad of colours.

A thought provoking series, ‘The Internal Quest’ is the beginning of a journey that Madan has embarked upon. It seems like the beginning of a self-introspection by the artist and reminds one of the words by Kahlil Gibran –


                                   Whenever I come to the fountain to drink
                                       I find the living water itself thirsty.

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