Lot 34
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Bhupen Khakhar

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • Bhupen Khakhar
  • Untitled (Portrait of Howard Hodgkin)
  • Signed in Gujarati lower right
  • Watercolour on paper
  • 36 x 25 cm. (14 ⅛ x 9 ⅞ in.)
  • Painted circa 1984


"Nick and I met Bhupen in 1981 when we were making our film with Howard Hodgkin in India. Filming is always a stressful business, but this one hissed with tension. Then Howard proposed a visit to Bhupen. Inside that cool white house of the painter, Bhupen's air of gentle teasing merriment stroked all our ruffled psyches and rumpled egos back into place. We happily filmed while Bhupen and Howard chuckled about their mutually agreed challenge, to paint a truly erotic picture. Later, enchanted by Bhupen, we returned in 1982 to make a film with him in his provincial town that seethed with the subjects he loved to paint. And then, Bhupen came to stay with us and our young children in our house on the edge of Blackheath in 1984. When he left, he gave us this painting. It took us a little while to appreciate that its subject is a portrait of the artist who, by proving such a tough nut to crack, filmwise, wonderfully brought Bhupen, Nick and me together." - Mrs. Judy Gifford, September 2017

Catalogue Note

Nick and Judy Marle Gifford are film-makers who were commissioned to make Howard Hodgkin in Conversation with David Sylvester (1982) and Messages from Bhupen Khakhar (1983) for the Arts Council.