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Intimately connected with this concreteness is that other characteristic of his artistic personality which ensured that his creative impulses be only in alliance with the, so to speak, secular or quotidian emotions he had experienced.His emotions do not seem to be like those of some others: incessantly at work in the combination and recombination of images which could be accepted for their own sake, apart from the warrant of preliminary confrontation with fact. Instead, he demanded the confrontation, and seemed to move only on the secure base of terrestrial reality. Of course this, what may be called love of truth' or of empirical conscientiousness, is a gift of the modern west: that Indian artists had to make it their own to the temporary eclipse of their native ways of looking at life was inevitable.

Shukla had to bear the brunt of it, in his own work, as in his obligations as a teacher. He seems to have found it hard to overcome this acquired habit of looking at things no other than this one way, and which way, however precious, is but a limited approach to creation. It is good to see only men and women and no demi-gods and angels.It is also right that his portraitures carry no superimposed morals-his styles in drawings and paintings, as the very many media he employed being subject to the same law. This is vivid picture making but which scarcely has any images or imagery; there are no metaphors and comparisons, no layers under the one layer of physicality. There is no luxuriance in the genre nor movement-reality being too patly captured. The artist has it all under control-he, not aiming at exciting you, but rather wanting to make your mind work, coolly, calmly. He has use for colour but it is subordinated to structure.

By contrast the art of Rajasthani miniature (and which expressed well the earlier Indian psyche), bubbles up in colours of a perpetual spring, always prone to the rhythms of dance and song. But Shukla's mind, or as it became, is not lured away in this fashion. He has desired only to master his instincts, to rein his creative steed. He does not dally, bent as he is on reaching the goal-a full description of observed reality.


A brief biography of Y K Shukla (by Vasudeo Smart)
What is the Y K Shukla Foundation for Art, Culture, and Heritage? (by Kartik Shukla)
Thumbnails of Works of Y K Shukla (currently 34)
Activities of Foundation: Plan for 2001-02
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