Twenty-one acrylic portals on the crossroads of physical and spiritual worlds await visitors along an unassuming corridor. In Siddhartha Art Gallery, contemporary artist Binod Pradhan depicts the mythical Beyul, sacred hidden valleys in the Himalaya that offer peace and refuge in times of crisis.
Pradhan returns after an eight-year hiatus with Sacred Realms, marking his ninth solo exhibition. He combines Nepal’s landscapes, cityscapes, culture, and fragility into an ultimate form of self-expression.
“Development and the climate crisis have changed the landscape of my childhood home,” Pradhan explains, “I wish to spread and preserve its memory through my paintings.”
He records his experiences through nostalgic strokes and altered colours. Indian red reminiscent of the disappearing slopes of Mustang and floors of Darbar Squares illuminate the landscapes of Pradhan’s imagination.
Pradhan uses his signature technique: watercolor application for acrylic painting which give his work depth typically found in pieces employing multiple art supplies.
“Writers write to fight for their cause. I paint for mine,” says Pradhan, “Through trial and failure, I invented a way to texture my paintings to communicate my experiences better.”