*1974 in Khulna, Bangladesh
Oil on shaped canvas, 131.5 cm x 194 cm
Yuvraj, meaning Prince in Bangla and Hindi, belongs to a series of stencilled oil paintings inspired by layapa, a practice in rural Bangladesh where village women cover the walls of their homes with layers of mud mixed with cow dung while praying for good luck -- hence the highly impastoed surfaces on these paintings.This work features an imagined scene from the Battle of Plassey (1757) between the British and the Bengals, where a prince on horseback is shown drawing an arrow from a bow. With its regal subject and powerful sense of movement - the rhythmic stripes on the horse echo those of a floating cloud - the painting rises above its specific context to connect to universal themes of defiance, purpose and potential.
© 2015, Mahmud Firoz