Manik Raj Nakra
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oil paint, ceremonial bindis, collage on canvas and wood, 98 x 67 in., $7500
oil paint, acrylic paint, patina-ed gold leaf, ceremonial bindis, collage on canvas and wood, 83 x 71 inches, $7500
oil paint and ceremonial bindis on canvas and wood, 98 x 67 inches, $7500
oil paint, spray paint, ceremonial bindis on canvas and wood, 86 x 79 inches, $7500
About the artist...
The paintings, drawings, and installations of Manik Raj Nakra take on the possibility of addressing the ancient world as his own. A world of teeming jungles where four headed leopards perch on old world ruins and silver teethed monkeys pray for our salvation. Nakra’s work applies a contemporary lens onto Indian iconography, colonial anachronisms, artifacts from early civilizations, and mythologies of ancient cultures to explore themes such as power, lust, ceremony, and self-sabotage. These themes, handled with wild colors, striking graphics, aged materials, pattern, and stark compositions, illuminate the historically rooted, but contemporarily relevant narratives on beauty, paranoia, devotion, and revelation of his time and place.
His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and San Francisco, a member of the 2019 Crit Group program with The Contemporary in Austin, TX, The LINE Residency with Big Medium in 2020, and a client list that includes Converse, The Oxford American, The LINE Hotel, Facebook, Urban Outfitters, amongst others.
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