Canadian Visual Artist
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Badass Indo-African Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indo-African Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Brides is a series of paintings that challenges traditional Indian expectations of marriage from the perspective of the ideal bicultural world. These paintings portray confident interfaith brides in a way that accepts and rejects aspects of Indian and North American culture. Scale of the paintings and the gaze of the subject is meant to confront the traditional Indian patriarchal views on a woman's freedom to a marriage of her choice. Models are photographed and then transformed into brides adorned in mendhi, jewellery and bridal attire through the imagination of the artist. The skin is resolved to be realistic and finely painting in contrast to the loose handling when painting clothing and jewellery to provide evidence of a painterly touch.

Badass Indo-Canadian Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indo-Canadian Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Brides is a series of paintings that challenges traditional Indian expectations of marriage from the perspective of the ideal bicultural world. These paintings portray confident interfaith brides in a way that accepts and rejects aspects of Indian and North American culture. Scale of the paintings and the gaze of the subject is meant to confront the traditional Indian patriarchal views on a woman's freedom to a marriage of her choice. Models are photographed and then transformed into brides adorned in mendhi, jewellery and bridal attire through the imagination of the artist. The skin is resolved to be realistic and finely painting in contrast to the loose handling when painting clothing and jewellery to provide evidence of a painterly touch.

Badass Indo-Chinese Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indo-Chinese Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Brides is a series of paintings that challenges traditional Indian expectations of marriage from the perspective of the ideal bicultural world. These paintings portray confident interfaith brides in a way that accepts and rejects aspects of Indian and North American culture. Scale of the paintings and the gaze of the subject is meant to confront the traditional Indian patriarchal views on a woman's freedom to a marriage of her choice. Models are photographed and then transformed into brides adorned in mendhi, jewellery and bridal attire through the imagination of the artist. The skin is resolved to be realistic and finely painting in contrast to the loose handling when painting clothing and jewellery to provide evidence of a painterly touch.

Nagini, 2015. Oil on canvas, 30"x48"

Nagini, 2015. Oil on canvas, 30"x48"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

Karvachauth, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Karvachauth, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

I Love My India/Watan Mera India, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"

I Love My India/Watan Mera India, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

Beauty Of The Orient At Your Elbow, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"

Beauty Of The Orient At Your Elbow, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

Not Your Mom's Bahu, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x28"

Not Your Mom's Bahu, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x28"

Commissioned special edition painting that is a mashup of the Badass Bride and Badass Indian Pinup series.

Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception is inspired by Gil Elvgren's A New Wrinkle (1961).

Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows, 2015.

Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows, 2015.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows appropriates Gil Elvgren's One For The Money (1954).

Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug is inspired by Gil Elvgren's Clean Sweep (1963).

Serving Looks, Not Nashtha. 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

Serving Looks, Not Nashtha. 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Serving Looks, Not Nashtha is inspired by Gil Elvgren's I'm For You (1958)

Badass Indo-African Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Brides is a series of paintings that challenges traditional Indian expectations of marriage from the perspective of the ideal bicultural world. These paintings portray confident interfaith brides in a way that accepts and rejects aspects of Indian and North American culture. Scale of the paintings and the gaze of the subject is meant to confront the traditional Indian patriarchal views on a woman's freedom to a marriage of her choice. Models are photographed and then transformed into brides adorned in mendhi, jewellery and bridal attire through the imagination of the artist. The skin is resolved to be realistic and finely painting in contrast to the loose handling when painting clothing and jewellery to provide evidence of a painterly touch.

Badass Indo-Canadian Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Brides is a series of paintings that challenges traditional Indian expectations of marriage from the perspective of the ideal bicultural world. These paintings portray confident interfaith brides in a way that accepts and rejects aspects of Indian and North American culture. Scale of the paintings and the gaze of the subject is meant to confront the traditional Indian patriarchal views on a woman's freedom to a marriage of her choice. Models are photographed and then transformed into brides adorned in mendhi, jewellery and bridal attire through the imagination of the artist. The skin is resolved to be realistic and finely painting in contrast to the loose handling when painting clothing and jewellery to provide evidence of a painterly touch.

Badass Indo-Chinese Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Brides is a series of paintings that challenges traditional Indian expectations of marriage from the perspective of the ideal bicultural world. These paintings portray confident interfaith brides in a way that accepts and rejects aspects of Indian and North American culture. Scale of the paintings and the gaze of the subject is meant to confront the traditional Indian patriarchal views on a woman's freedom to a marriage of her choice. Models are photographed and then transformed into brides adorned in mendhi, jewellery and bridal attire through the imagination of the artist. The skin is resolved to be realistic and finely painting in contrast to the loose handling when painting clothing and jewellery to provide evidence of a painterly touch.

Nagini, 2015. Oil on canvas, 30"x48"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

Karvachauth, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

I Love My India/Watan Mera India, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

Beauty Of The Orient At Your Elbow, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"

Badass Indian Pinups is a body of work which appropriates classic pinup paintings by American vintage pinup artists from an Indian perspective. Having a bicultural identity and not knowing where you belong plays a big part in the sexual identity of Indo-Canadian women. This series aims to sexually liberate the Indian woman in a way that is normalized and desensitized by North American culture but still seen as taboo in a very patriarchal Indian society.  Figures are altered with Indian features and a darker complexion to transform the classic American pinup. Subject matter and titles of the paintings are changed to create an 'Indian equivalent" to the original subject matter of the source painting. All figures stare directly at their audience, revelling in their sexual allure, confronting their expectations of how "good Indian girls" should be.

Not Your Mom's Bahu, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x28"

Commissioned special edition painting that is a mashup of the Badass Bride and Badass Indian Pinup series.

Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception is inspired by Gil Elvgren's A New Wrinkle (1961).

Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows, 2015.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows appropriates Gil Elvgren's One For The Money (1954).

Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug is inspired by Gil Elvgren's Clean Sweep (1963).

Serving Looks, Not Nashtha. 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

This series Badass Bahus (daughter-in-laws) is the result of my past two series entitled Badass Brides and Badass Indian Pinups. Paintings in this series are meant to confront patriarchal expectations of the Indian woman as a housewife by portraying her in a sexy pin-up style composition. Tattoos and revealing clothing adorn these rebellious housewives which appear floating in a background of loosely painted Indian motif. Serving Looks, Not Nashtha is inspired by Gil Elvgren's I'm For You (1958)

Badass Indo-African Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"
Badass Indo-Canadian Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"
Badass Indo-Chinese Bride, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"
Nagini, 2015. Oil on canvas, 30"x48"
Karvachauth, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36"x48"
I Love My India/Watan Mera India, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"
Beauty Of The Orient At Your Elbow, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x40"
Not Your Mom's Bahu, 2015. Oil on canvas, 20"x28"
Ironing Out Wrinkles In Your Perception, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.
Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows, 2015.
Sweeping Patriarchy Under The Rug, 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.
Serving Looks, Not Nashtha. 2015. Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.