Wednesday, 5 July 2017

India's Top 5 Contemporary Artists

Baldip Singh Bains Top 5 Favourite Artists 

Baldip Singh Bains is Indian artist who originally came from New Deli, but now lives in Birmingham, the United Kingdom. Here is his top 5 favourite artist.

1. Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor has the  No. 11 ranking in Artprice’s Top 500 for 2012-2013, He has  an auction turnover of EUR12.3. He tops the list for the most expensive contemporary Indian artists. His popularity extends far beyond Europe and the United States, to now encompass the thriving art and collecting scene of the Middle East. In October 2014, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction in Doha set a record for Kapoor’s ‘Untitled’ (2009), sold at USD1.595 million, the highest price achieved for a work by the artist in the Middle East. Kapoor’s all time record auction price of GBP1.94 million was set in July 2008.

2. Atul Dodiya

Atul Dodiya is among the most popular and sought after contemporary Indian artists. Many of his paintings can reach the range of USD500,000 at auction, his evocative paintings are seen in auctions that feature some of the most important and highly prized Indian modernists, like Tyeb Mehta and Francis Newton Souza. Atul is, influenced by modernist currents and Indian modernist masters, but re-interprets their traditions through a contemporary perspective, engaging with both political and art history in a way that entwines global and public memory.

3. Bharti Kher
Bharti Kher is  the second most expensive Indian artist after Kapoor. Kher’s renowned ‘The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own’ (2006) sold at Sotheby’s London in 2010 for USD1.5 million, This made Kher one of the top-selling Indian woman artist and surpassing her husband Subodh Gupta’s selling record of USD1.4 million. 

4. Jitish Kallat
Jitish Kallat is the third most expensive Indian artist, the artist has increased in popularity on the international circuit. In 2008, Sotheby’s London set a new record for the artist, with the sale of ‘Humiliation Tax – II’ (2005) at GBP58,100 (USD115,000). Kallat work is inspired by his Mumbai city environment as well as by the broader socio-political changes taking place in India and elsewhere.

5. Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw popularity on the international stage skyrocketed after his record breaking sale at Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Sale in May 2007 – his ‘Garden of Earthly Delights III’ (2003) sold for GPB2.7 million (USD5.49 million), This was the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction by an Indian artist Shaw was little known outside of London. But since 2007, he has become one of the top contemporary Indian artists in the international art world and his seductive, subversive homoerotic paintings push the boundaries of socially accepted norms and can be seen at major art fairs around the world, shown in top white-cube galleries, such as Pace Gallery.

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