Antonio Puri's latest paintings represent a daring conceptual departure from a world ordinarily perceived in terms of opposites – delving headlong into a shakier reality where distinction disappears in the lens of a timeless perspective. This ambiguous (sometimes counterintuitive) view has been dubbed non-dualism by some critic.
Puri says it has become the driving force of his art. I realized that circles are the perfect manifestation of timelessness, states Puri, gesturing to a phosphorescent sphere hovering in protospace, I want to capture that single flash before memory that writes the entire story.
Beyond its immediate implications in the contemporary art community, Puri’s work challenges the nature of time itself by collapsing the hidden assumptions of mono-chronic society. Unconvinced that events string together as part of one mechanistic continuum, Puri brings an element of simultaneity and serendipity to his creations with the hope of stirring similar doubts in his audience.
Birth, Death, Rebirth, Re-death represents the latest incarnation of Antonio Puri’s life-long struggle to reconcile the painful impermanence of human experience with the quiet eternity of beauty and love. Though some of his prior abstracts have come close, no series has attempted to reach so deeply into the core structure of universal being.
Though Puri has played many roles in his life – including that of entrepreneur and corporate attorney – he has realized that the only position which does not compromise his soul lies at the end of a paintbrush. Drawing from his extensive international experience – such as that in Spain and South Africa, where he has shown his work – Puri’s color seeks to reflect the vast array of tones found naturally on palette Earth. The source of his inspiration ranges from Spanish artists like Goya, Velasquez, and Gaudi, to the Dadaists and abstract expressionists like Rauschenburg and Pollock.