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Natavar Bhavsar

Max Hutchinson Gallery

Natavar Bhavsar, at MaxHutchinson’s, works with spotted turfs of some dominant but varying color surrounded at the edges by conglomerations of juxtaposed and clashing hues. These pigment-flecked canvases suggest neo-Impressionism more by their palpable dryness of finish and by their use of the complementary border idea than by the simple fact of their tiny dotlike facture. When we notice the orange field of R-DHYA checked by patches mainly of a brilliant blue, the principle of complementary colors makes the analogy inescapable.

Bhavsar, however, is quite unlike the neo-Impressionists in his aims and procedures. He builds up heavy alluvial deposits of dry pigment that suggest the geological, specifically sedimentary, evocations of a number of contemporary painters. But here, while the paint looks sprayed on, it is actually applied as a sprinkling of dry powder onto a canvas prepared with

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