Indian flower sorters 印度花卉分拣人
25cms (W) x 30cms (H)
Oil on Panel
I went to a wedding in Goa, India in February 2018. During that trip I went to Agra (where the Taj Mahal is) as part of a stop over in Delhi. India is intoxicating. It's a challenging place; beautiful, crazy, conflicted, colorful. I loved it but didn't have time to absorb a lot. I took a number of photos from the car window driving through the streets where you could get glimpses of this ridiculously vibrant place. I decided to 'fix' some of my blurred photos by painting them. This was taken of a couple of guys talking while apparently sitting next to some piles of flower heads. I think they were preparing them for use in some festival arrangements. The main thing I was trying to capture was the decayed nature of the walls and road, the textures of flaky plaster and torn paper that seemed to be common outside the immaculate national wonders in india (which are astonishing). Despite this apparent decrepitude, it's visually so interesting. Everywhere you look there are bright colours, contrasting patterns, textures. This painting was intended to capture the visual feel of India.
Unfortunately, I tried to varnish this shortly after I'd finished and the varnish i used ate away at the paint which ruined this painting. I've still got it and maybe i'll repair it one day but at the moment this photo is the best representation of it.