The Barber, 1990

3x4ft Oil on canvas, sold.

This painting depicts the small joys in life, the little boy feels like he is a king on the throne and he is being cared for.

Look at the simple implements the barber has placed on his table. This is all he needs to make people feel like kings while they sit in his chair as he cuts and shaves their hair and massages their  head according to ancientIndian traditions.

The boy is getting a very traditional Indian haircut with a little tuft hanging from the crown of his head. This signifies that he comes from a family with religious traditions.The barber and the boy are instruments of renewal of these traditions,each in their own way.

The passing cars do not intrude upon this peaceful scene which can be seen  all over India. People feel it is easy to shutoutthe street commotion.

The warm colours used in this painting give it a feel of energy and expectation.  A little toy car is the reality and reminder of this childhood hour.

This painting is simple in its calmness,all the lines point towards the pair.