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Badri Narayan is celebrated for narrative works that reimagine ancient art and folklore in a richly inspired language. Badri Narayan (1929Ð2013) was born at Secunderabad in South India. A prolific artist, illustrator and storyteller, his oeuvre are saturated with rich literary content deeply rooted in higher register of writings reflecting his introspective nature and personal critical representation.
Without any formal training in art, Narayan worked as a successful art teacher for years before taking on painting full time. He followed his own instinct, experimented with diverse media, forms and platforms yet the core of his work remains on the metaphoric weight of literature that served as the basis of his visual representation. Symbolism is a prominent feature of his oeuvre and at times he inserts popular icons from Indian culture and tradition. Born a natural storyteller, he picks up imagery and influences from his surroundings, this become an integral part of his creative journey. Self-reflection and autobiographical perspective were constant theme in his work.
He is known to paint Hindu Gods and drew inspiration from biblical scenes with compositions which are stark, stone cut and almost apocalyptic. His imagery that draws on Indian mythology incorporates influence of miniature traditions giving his work intimate and accessible appeal. With an autobiographical perspective, the recurring feature of his work are popular Indian culture icons such as Ganesh. His representation are marked for their simplicity and minimal stylization.
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