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Andy Warhol’s self-portrait will be auctioned in New York. We look at Delhi-based artists with similar work.

art and culture Updated: Apr 30, 2011 01:06 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

American pop artist, Andy Warhol, know for his quirky graphics, music and films, is back in news. The
self-portrait that Warhol completed shortly before his death in 1986, is expected to fetch $40 million at Christie’s auction in New York to be held on May 11.

The artwork, a red-on-black piece, is considered a landmark work by the artist. Brett Gorvy, the deputy chairman for Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art, says, “Self-portrait heralds the beginning of Andy Warhol’s superstardom... he was ahead of his time in creating a new archetype of glamour. The painting is remarkable not only for its visual impact and the introduction of the photo booth genre, but also for marking a key moment in the history of art, when Warhol takes his place in the pantheon of celebrity, alongside Marilyn, Elizabeth and Elvis.”As the art world awaits the auction day, we present four Delhi-based artists, who have used their faces — to make a statement in their art work.

Vijay Sharma
Working hard, day and night at his Uttam Nagar studio in Delhi, artist Vijay Sharma, 31, is giving the final touches to his paintings for his upcoming exhibition, Vitamin J. This time, Sharma has attempted a series of self-portraits — a depiction of Sharma’s inner-most thoughts and dreams. “I paint things that are a part of my life or things that I have always dreamt of.” Painting since 2008, Sharma is totally inspired by Rajasthani miniature paintings. Hence we see the impact of these paintings in his art work. “One special feature that drew my attention in Rajasthani artworks was the depiction of the protagonist. It’s always bigger in size as compared to others to show the character’s importance. In my paintings, too, I have painted the main subject much bigger in size, with miniature figures to present the subject’s importance in my life.”
Medium used: Acrylic on canvas
Price of the artworks: Rs1.25 lakh to Rs 2 lakh
Upcoming Exhibition/Project: Vitamin J by Montage arts at Alliance Francaise from May 7.
Website: Under construction

Yuriko Lochan
After completing her Master’s degree in painting from University of Japan in 1987, Yuriko Lochan started working as a freelance painter in Delhi. Since then, her work has been reflective of elements of nature and life, with detailed reference from Indian and Japanese sensibilities. Her work titled, Self Avatar is a depiction of the artist’s self in her art work. “The art work is a depiction of the self, which transcend the reality,” says Lochan.
Medium used: Acrylic on canvas — because the painting had to be larger-than-life size and the material had to be neutral, i.e., does not provoke any particular image.
Price of the artworks: Rs 7.5 lakh
Upcoming Exhibition/Project: Participating in a group exhibition in Japan, to be attended by 25 Asian artists in June 2011.
Website: www.yurikolochan.com

Nandan Ghiya
Back in 2000, Nandan Ghiya was desperately hunting for an idea to begin his new series of art work. It was then he decided that would work on a series on self-portraits. After that, he worked for four years on this particular series. Talking about his work, Ghiya says, “It’s simple, effective and personal. It’s like, to hell with everyone else, I got my mirror! One can take anything away from you, but your own reflection.” For his artworks, Ghiya takes a lot of inspiration from things happening around him. “My work is a whole lot of inspiration, influences and infatuations that are both personal and popular.”
Medium used: Acrylic on canvas
Price of the artwork: Not for sale
Upcoming exhibition/project: Delhi-based art gallery Exhibit 320 is hosting a series of Nandan Ghiya’s portraits called deFacebook in the upcoming Hong Kong Art Fair 2011.
Website: NA

Kanchan Chander
You will find her at all art previews in Delhi’s Page 3 circuit. Kanchan has been very keenly observing various art works around town. She has been doing self-portraits since her college days. “Self-portraits keep reappearing in my works, be it oil on canvas, etchings or mixed media work,” says Chander. The artist’s artwork titled, What’s your POA (2005) has a special connection with her self. “The work has me sitting with colours and brushes, while the person in the background is my son, asking what’s your POA, a dialogue he is very used to asking me.”
Medium used: Oil on canvas
Price of the artwork: Rs 7.5 lakh
Upcoming exhibition/project: The Couple, and Man on Wheel are the two projects that she is handling right now. These are sculptures of stainless steel for a private collector
Website: www.kanchansartworks.net