Spotlight

Mohan Samant

Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (SP6)

Mohan Samant, Masked Dance for the Ancestors, 1994. Courtesy: the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

Mohan Samant, Masked Dance for the Ancestors, 1994. Courtesy: the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

Jhaveri Contemporary will present a solo stand of paintings and works on paper by Mohan Samant (1924–2004), an artist who is considered a ‘missing link’ in the narrative of modern Indian art.Samant’s paintings are a marriage in diverse materials, exploring the boundaries between painting and other disciplines, including sculpture, drawing and architecture. Unlike the medium-specific practices of the Progressive Group, Samant’s hybrid compositions are multi-layered and sensuous montages.

In the late 1990s, he made assemblages that were painting, relief, sculpture, found object, and wirework construction in equal measure. His inspirations were wide-ranging too – from prehistoric cave paintings and Egyptian funerary wall drawings to Indian miniatures.The stand will include a range of works, from large paintings to delicate, to paper cut-outs from the 1980s.