'His life was art, his work was art and his pleasure was art' (Valerie Murray-Chandra, Avinash Chandra, A Retrospective, London, 2006, p. 5.)
Having painted for over 40 years, Chandra's works have entered into prestigious collections, galleries and museums across the globe. He was the youngest ever artist to be offered an exhibition by the Progressive Artist's Group, and was eventually awarded first prize at the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1955.
He found unique ways of expressing his point of view, giving particular precedence to the modern movement. His work references Post Impressionism, by flattening the picture planes and emphasizing the materiality of paint. In the late 50s and early 60s, his paintings are richly layered, with the careful use of colour that lend the works an air of intensity. 'His are "symbolic presences", however a personal symbolism that is open and non-particular' Mohini Tandon in the Hindustan Times, cited in Dr Rachel Garfield, Avinash Chandra, A Retrospective, London, 2006, p. 12.) This work titled 'Symbols', is the epitome of Chandra's use of symbolism and colour.
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