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SHEILA MAKHIJANI | Take A Listen

Take A Listen opens like a portal onto a dense, otherworldly environment. Shafts of indigos, olives, and blood reds flicker across a densely layered paints on over-life sized canvases, like light into the depths of an ocean; subtle, grey-blue lines emerge slowly from beneath a shifting haze of pinking-orange dust.

On paper, in a noticeable departure for Makhijani, the white of the page is nowhere to be found, disappearing beneath layered washes of dry pastel, or taut, radiating lines that stretch from edge to edge of the paper. The vibrancies of pigment––its operatic bursts, its subtle gradations, its harmonizing hums––are given full play here, boldly and directly engaged anew in each successive work.

Born of Makhijani’s constant, even diaristic creative process­­––the artist is constantly drawing, beginning again, re-learning how to draw––each of the works in the exhibition bears witness to the singularity of a moment.

Sheila Makhijani is a rare artist of her generation in India that has over the course of her thirty year-long career been steadfast in her commitment to painting and to abstraction with a sustained exploration of the potentialities and boundaries of color on canvas and paper. Her deep, close, unbroken dialogue with her works imbues them with an intensity that is not mitigated by their frequent lively, even mischievous tone.

"I want to create a language only with color and line, which will speak in their own voice."
Sheila Makhijani

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Did you know that?  2020

Oil on canvas

60" x 84"

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Did you see that?  2020

Oil on canvas

60" x 84"

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Did you look at that?  2020

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

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Take a listen, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

Overall dimensions: 24 3/4" x 117 1/2"

In 30 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Take a break, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

Overall dimensions: 8 1/4" x 94"

In 8 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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How did that happen? 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 3 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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How's that? 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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I don't know about that, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Just this, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Where are you off to? 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Thought so, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Pleasantly pleasant, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Finally!, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Same thing, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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Did you know that?  2020

Oil on canvas

60" x 84"

Did you see that?  2020

Oil on canvas

60" x 84"

Did you look at that?  2020

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

Take a listen, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

Overall dimensions: 24 3/4" x 117 1/2"

In 30 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Take a break, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

Overall dimensions: 8 1/4" x 94"

In 8 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

How did that happen? 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 3 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

How's that? 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

I don't know about that, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Just this, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Where are you off to? 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Thought so, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

In 2 parts, each 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Pleasantly pleasant, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Finally!, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

Same thing, 2020

Dry pastel on paper

8 1/4" x 11 3/4"

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