Aura Art presents an opportunity to acquire rare collectibles in drawings and paintings by master artist Krishen Khanna
Well known and widely respected artist Padma Bhushan Krishen Khanna was born in Lyallpur (now Faislabad in Pakistan) in 1925. After attending the Imperial Service College from 1938 to 1942, Krishen Khanna enrolled at Government College, Lahore, from 1942 to 1944. In 1946 he started working with Grindlays Bank. In 1961 he resigned from the bank and devoted his full-time to art.
Though in his early works one could see abstractions coming through now and then, it was the human form and the situations of these human beings which anchored him into figuration. His works display a distinct narrative, at times quite representational and direct and at times metaphorical. In some works one can glean the presence of the angst and existentialism which one can see in artists who practiced Modernism from a few decades ago. The way the figures are shown in motion is very reminiscent of Post Impressionist style where the brush strokes dominate and direct the composition as does the play of light and shade in the works.
The mastery of line, form, movement and an air of deep emotion is visible in Krishen Khanna’s misty compositions. The people he chooses to portray seem to be hopeful at times, and at times in complete surrender to their destiny. The musicians often bring about an aching melody which rings in the exquisite lines of the works.
Krishen Khanna is a painter of rarity and immense grace in our times where social issues grind the life force of the common people. It is an inspiration and an honour to see a veteran’s work addressing humane issues over the decades, which he continues to do so, till date.