Monday, March 7, 2016

Shiva images from "An Exclusive Expression of Indian Mythology"

All of the paintings of Shiva included in my recent exhibition "An Exclusive Expression of Indian Mythology" depict the god with his consort.
Shiva is also known as Mahadeva "The Great God", who is one of the three major deities of Hinduism. He is the destroyer and regenerator of the universe and all life.

Shiva and Uma Seated on the Bull Nandi
48 x 36 inches
acrylic on hand blocked fabric

Shiva and Uma Seated on the Bull Nandi is the third version of this image that I've worked on. The couple is shown in a loving embrace. Both figures smile tenderly as they gaze into each others eyes. These facial expressions seemed unusually natural, sensitive, and human compared with other representations of the gods. 
I allow the cool blue color of the fabric to work as shadow, and to contrast with the predominantly  warm fleshy tones.

The sandstone couple (in the Art Institute of Chicago) is surrounded with many smaller attendant figures, some representing their children. I find greenish patina on the stone fascinating. 
The preliminary drawing (shown in two photos below) was done on a paper handmade in Nepal, the blue-green color of aged copper printed with golden ink. 

Shiva and Uma
30” x 20” image
conte & acrylic on paper printed with metallic ink
(detail above, full image below)

An earlier version shown below (oil on canvas, 48"x48") was done on a multi-colored ground covered with a stenciled paisley pattern. Intense background colors are repeated in softer pastel tones on the figures in the foreground. 

Shiva and Uma 
48 x 48 inches
oil on canvas

Ardhanarishvara is a composite androgynous form of Shiva and his consort Parvati, representing both masculine and feminine energies of the universe.

Shiva as Lord Who is Half Male, Half Female (Ardhanarishvara)
50” x 36” inches
acrylic on hand blocked fabric
(detail below)

The Ardhanarishvara image shows the figure's right side as male, and left half female, included is Shiva's bull Nandi. It symbolizes the union of Purusha (the passive male force) and Prakriti (The active female force). It conveys that god is both male and female, father and mother, destructive and constructive and unifies all other dualities.

An 11th century sculpture from the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple resembles the sculpture in Chicago and uses similar iconography.

 Parvati is a more common name for the goddess Uma. She is the goddess of love, fertility, and devotion, divine strength and power. She is Shiva's wife and also the mother of Ganesha and Karttikeya.
The drawing below is based on a statue depicting the marriage of Shiva and Parvati. A small Ganesh is seen in the lower left.

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Marriage of Shiva and Parvati
26” x 20”
conte and acrylic on paper printed with metallic ink

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