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b. 1960, India

Jyothi Basu Biography

In large-scale oil paintings, Jyothi Basu wills into being a universe of his own making: hallucinatory and timeless yet grounded in astute observations of the world in which we live. Like an animated cartoon that brings together cavemen and astronauts, his art playfully synthesizes profound conflagrations, sees delight inextricably bound to terror.

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The space of Jyothi Basu's paintings is both cosmic in scale and inside the body, inter-galactic and sub-atomic at the same time. The landscapes depict inter-connected systems that carry both energy and information, circulatory and neurological paths, multiple flows of both light and matter moving in numerous directions, an interface of technology with biology, the genetic coding of solar systems. The landscapes seen from an omnipotent viewpoint evoke cosmological diagrams, inferring a theological program, while the artist's fluorescent colors ape the special effects one expects to find in a B-grade science fiction film.

More recently, Jyothi Basu's paintings have accomplished a secondary collapsing of poles. His art has always been deeply influenced by his home state of Kerala, with its dense palm tree jungles and aquatic horizons where back-water canals meet the sea. After a few years of living in the megalopolis of Mumbai, Jyothi Basu has imbibed the language of forms and patterns of chaos endemic to the city to come up with yet another synthesis of opposites, now the urban and the rural. Both are grist for his mill that pictures vegetation as an electronic grid, roadways as jungle vines, trees as concrete towers, and night skies as syncopated lighting.

Jyothi Basu's other-worldly landscapes are built of architectonic ciphers that mimic the forms of both nature (plants, animals, spores) and culture (writing, figuration, decoration). The things that most closely resemble buildings accommodate multiple pedigrees: Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian. His planet is composed of a linguistic superstructure (signs, symbols, letters and icons) that pulses with meaning and life.

Jyothi Basu Featured Artworks

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Sleeping Fear and Sleepless Ancestors by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuSleeping Fear and Sleepless Ancestors, 2005Oil on canvas
183 x 214 cm
Thomas Erben Gallery Contact Gallery
Study for Seeing - II by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuStudy for Seeing - II, 1998Pastel on paper
23 x 29 cm
Thomas Erben Gallery Contact Gallery
Separated to Unite by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuSeparated to Unite, 2005Charcoal on paper
43 x 29 cm
Thomas Erben Gallery Contact Gallery
Farewell Party by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuFarewell Party, 2004Oil on canvas
183 x 214 cm
Thomas Erben Gallery Contact Gallery
Chittrabanu by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuChittrabanu, 1983Charcoal on brown paper
91 x 58 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Untitled by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuUntitled, 1996Paint on paper
21.5 x 30 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Untitled by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuUntitledCrayon and watercolour on paper
56 x 38 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Resurrection series (grass) by Jyothi Basu contemporary artwork
Jyothi BasuResurrection series (grass), 1999Oil on paper
53 x 71 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery

Jyothi Basu Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jyothi Basu, Portraits and Landscapes on Paper at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
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13 July–24 August 2018 Jyothi Basu Portraits and Landscapes on Paper Galerie Mirchandani + SteinrueckeMumbai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Nine Painters From Kerala at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
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9 March–3 May 2018 Group Exhibition Nine Painters From Kerala Galerie Mirchandani + SteinrueckeMumbai
Contemporary art exhibition, Jyothi Basu, Landscape Towards a Supreme Fiction at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
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19 April–20 May 2006 Jyothi Basu Landscape Towards a Supreme Fiction Thomas Erben GalleryNew York

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