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Artist Subodh Gupta creates installation using kitchen appliances.

art and culture Updated: Feb 16, 2011 14:30 IST
Shweta Mehta

Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta’s latest installation has propelled him in the same league as Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Louise Bourgeois and a host of other internationally-acclaimed artists.

Gupta is the newest artist to create an exclusive piece for the Absolut Art Collection, which was recently displayed in the city. Excited by the collaboration, he says, “When they asked me to come on board, I agreed because Absolut has done fantastic work with many artists over the years, and they wanted me to use my signature style.”

Widely known for using kitchen appliances to create installations, Gupta has applied the same to his version of the Absolut bottle. “The reason why they approach us is because they want us to use our own trademark techniques. That’s why the works are titled Absolut Warhol, Absolut Bourgeois and now, Absolut Subodh Gupta,” he enthuses.

What’s most fascinating about Gupta’s creations is that while the appliances used are typically Indian — milk pails, tiffin boxes and the like, the outcome is modern and global. He attributes this to the ‘international language of art’, explaining, “Every individual artist has his own culture, influence and political agenda to deal with. My work also reflects where I grew up, but the language of art is the same around the world, and as long as I speak that language, I can express myself anywhere.”

Meanwhile, the artist is unfazed by comparisons to renowned British artist, Damien Hirst. “I don't want to talk about that, it's boring,” he says. He’s also quick to dismiss any sources of inspiration for his work. “I have many exhibitions coming up, including one at the end of the month. That is my only inspiration to make art.”

Meet the artist
Subodh Gupta is a Delhi-based painter who also dabbles in sculpture, installation, painting, photography, performance and video.
He is best known for incorporating everyday objects that are ubiquitous, from which he produces sculptures that reflect on the economic transformation of his homeland and which relate to his own life and memories.

His oil on canvas painting Saat Samundar Paar went under the hammer for Rs 3.4 crore in the Saffronart autumn online auction.
In 2008, he along with several other artists, raised Rs 3.93 crore for Bihar flood victims.