Anand Kul Bhushan selected several paintings from Pratiksha Apurv’s recently published coffee table book, ‘The Mystic and her Colours’ – and commented on them.
The partially shown painting ‘Transcendence’ depicting the energy through the seven ‘chakras’ or energy centres, in sharp contrast to the jet-black background of the cover, entices the viewer to explore the book.
Serenity – Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 42″x42″, 2007
Illustrating the Buddhist chant, Om Mani Padme Hum, this painting focuses the diamond in the lotus in perfect harmony and balance between shapes and colours to create the ‘Sound of Silence’.
The Inner Reality – Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 18″x18″, 2016
A hexagon evolves into a triangle with a circle as one of the seven chakras.
In Touch with Existence – Oil on Canvas, 66″x48″, 2014
“Our life is like a circle without a centre and we go on living on the circumference, that is our five senses. Move to the centre to discover the bliss,” says Pratiksha Apurv about this image of the sense of touch, depicting the sensuous feeling on holding a delicate fabric.
Unio Mystica – Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 36″x48″, 2011
The zeros, when added after the numeral one, signify increasing numbers or wealth but when taken by itself, zero means ‘shunya’ or nothing and everything. This divine union or ‘Unio Mystica’ of the outer and the inner creates harmony and balance in life.
Whirling – Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 33″x33″, 2007
When everything becomes a whirl as you gather speed and you feel totally still at the centre of the cyclone, it becomes the ultimate experience of this dance of bliss captured in its concentric background. This image was used as the cover of a book on women empowerment for a UN agency.
Here and Now – Oil on Canvas, 48″x48″, 2008
“In my painting, I have tried to explain the flowering of the state of bliss through the Sanskrit text that says, Don’t be anguished about the past and avoid any thought about the future. Existence knows only one tense – present,” says Pratiksha Apurv as she lives in the moment.
Selection of paintings and comments by Kul Bhushan
Big smiles as well-known movie director Vishal Bharadwaj, left, and his wife singer Rekha Bharadwaj, right, launch ‘The Mystic and Her Colours’ by Pratiksha Apurv, centre, on September 5, 2018 in Mumbai, available from amazon.com – amazon.co.uk – amazon.in
‘The Mystic and her Colours’ – review by Anand Kul Bhushan
Becoming one with Osho and the canvas – Pratiksha Apurv’s life and vision in colour – by Anand Kul Bhushan
Book Review: Meditative Art – by Bhagawati on Speaking Tree
Pratiksha Apurv is Osho’s niece, daughter of Vijay Bharti. Born in Gadarwara, Madhya Pradesh, she took sannyas at age 11 in Pune and also lived in Rajneeshpuram. At the peak of her career as a famous fashion designer (she launched her acclaimed label Oshonik in 1990) she suddenly felt a calling to paint, to give expression to her inner growth. She lives in New Delhi. www.pratikshaart.com
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