Acrylic on paper

Courtesy of the artist and Rabindra Shrestha

Puran Khadka is one of the pioneers of abstract art in Nepal. While some of his contemporaries also paint in the abstract technique, they tend to focus on fgurative and landscape forms in relation to sociocultural issues. Khadka's subject matter, on the other hand, is purely abstract in idea and execution, and aptly titled The Wholeness.

Painting these pieces over the course of three decades, Khadka believed that in order to understand the intricacies of life, one has to transcend intellect and examine the primordial state of being. Therein lies an absolute experience of life and existence. These works traverse the modern in Nepal and add a crucial voice to abstraction in global art dialogues.

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