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Experiments with art

He’s known for his work with steel utensils, and has even experimented with cow dung. But now, Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta says he’s ready for something different.

art and culture Updated: Aug 07, 2011 01:54 IST

He’s known for his work with steel utensils, and has even experimented with cow dung. But now, Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta says he’s ready for something different. Gupta, who is creating works for a solo show in 2013, says, “Steel has always been my baby. I love the material; it is a part of my life. For my next solo show, I am experimenting with new materials; it is a work in process.” However, he says, at the end of the day, the material is incidental to the work.

“Irrespective of the medium being used, it is the final product which is always more important,” he says. “Material is important but what I make of it matters more to me. The artist is the first viewer of his work and I have discovered that till now, I have not been able to translate 100%of what I conceived into my works. Isn’t that true for every artist?” he asks. Despite his success on an international platform, the artist is quick to admit that Indian art has a long way to go before it can carve a niche on a global platform. “Indian art has a long way to go compared to the global art world. We need to have more contemporary art museums in the country. More art education is needed,” says the artist.

Who is he?
Born in Patna in 1964, Gupta studied art at the Patna College of Art
He is called the Damien Hirst of Indian art by The Guardian, and is best known for his series of installations made of everyday steel utensils
In 2009, an untitled work by him auctioned at Christie’s for $176,500 and another called Chimta auctioned for $638,528 in 2010.
His painting Saat Samundar Paar went under the hammer for R3.4 crores in an auction by Saffronart