Sohan Qadri …The emancipation of the Image

First the Void

Second the Seed

Third the Emancipation of the Image

Forth the articulation of the Syllable

Fifth the Fullness of the Void

Hevajara Tantra

Sohan Qadri
Artwork by Sohan Qadri

Where East meets West and the thresholds between cultures bring together a unifying of the inner concerns of the soul and transcendence embodied in the material form there is the potential for dynamic creativity that transpires the conventions of western philosophy and thought in a lightness of inspiration. The work of Sohan Qadri tapped this fertile ground in artworks that arose through deep meditation and are vibrant with the essence and warmth of his Indian origins. Qadri’s work developed over a long creative career that lasted from 1932 to 2011 during which time he was well known by many of the influential artists in the West including the Surrealist painter René Magritte, Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll, and architect Le Corbusier. His work, recently featured in Resurgence illustrating articles on the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore,  resonates deeply with Tagore’s verses and prose resonating with the poet’s vibrations of universal harmony, wholeness and integrity in colour, texture and “lustrous bubbles of energy.”

Purusha VI, 2008, Ink and dye on paper

Purusha VI, 2008, Ink and dye on paper by Sohan Qadri

Sohan Qadri with his painting liberates the word meditation from its fashionable taste and brings it back to its proper origin, uninfluenced by Western propaganda, misunderstandings and corruptions. – Heinrich Böll (Nobelprize lit. 1972, Köln)

Sohan Qadri

Oil on Canvas by Sohan Qadri

Sohan Qadri can be described as a Tantric painter – a modern Tantric painter to be sure. Born in 1932 in Punjab, India, Qadri began his quest for his true self through Tantric yoga and spent long periods of time silently meditating in remote temples in the Himalayas and Tibet. His isolation propelled his urge to paint. He received his MFA in 1960 from the Government College of Art in Simla, India, but soon discovered that academic trappings were not for him. Shortly after his first exhibition in 1965, he left India for the West. In Qadri’s work, there is a tranquil coexistence of binary opposites – male and female, known and unknown, physical and spiritual. Although he clearly has Western influences, such as Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still, his work is uniquely Eastern. Heinrich Boll, the 1972 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, has said that Qadri, “with his painting liberates the word meditation from its fashionable taste and brings it back to its proper origin uninfluenced by Western propaganda, misunderstandings and corruptions.” His paintings are monochrome surfaces with structural effects that, in their repetition, convey the rhythmic expressions of color energies. The vibrations created by these energies are endless and break the boundaries between the inner space of the image and the external space of the viewer. In their pulsations, the colors allow for a meditation in which those who experience space seek to become space itself. As Qadri has said, “The narrowness of space has posed as a great problem to me. Phenomenal life can hardly be lived within a few known dimensions.” Qadri’s work has to be experienced; the viewer must surrender to the work. In front of his work, the viewer is confronted with the silence within himself. The work does not direct; one must direct oneself. This intuitive experience speaks all languages and knows no formal boundaries. Suneet Chopra summed it up by saying, “With its dispersion of and concentration of energy, it far excels expressionist abstractions whose aggression is their main force of attraction.”

Text quoted from the Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Amala IV, 2008, Ink and dye on paper

Amala IV, 2008, Ink and dye on paper, by Sohan Qadri

“I did not want to confine myself to one place, nation or community. My approach to life has been universal, and so is my art.”

Sohan Qadri

Puskara II, 2008, Ink and dye on paper

Puskara II, 2008, Ink and dye on paper by Sohan Qadri

Sohan Qadri is represented by the Sundaram Tagore Gallery …for more information and to view his work please visit the gallery website here.

Sohan Qadri’s own website with information about the artist and a comprehensive gallery of his works here.

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