In Search of Self: Paintings and Drawings by Anil Revri
Noted Washington, DC-based artist and Corcoran alumnus Anil Revri creates contemplative images that allude to the spiritual. His geometric abstractions encourage introspection by drawing the viewer into the “void” represented by negative space. To achieve this, the artist uses a variation of dotted, curved and oblique lines which help create the illusion of three-dimensional space.
Featuring approximately 50 paintings, drawings and works on paper, In Search of Self presents work created between 1996 and 2004. Revri uses metallic paints, markers and pencils to create a grid; the result is a vibrant window within a window format with different planes that seem to move in and out of each other depending on the viewer’s relation to the work. In the Cultural Crossings series of drawings, the artist incorporates calligraphy and script in different languages from sacred texts and holy writings thataddress universal human concerns.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1956 in New Delhi, India, Anil Revri held his debut exhibition in 1976 during his final year at Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay, where he earned a degree in interior design. He began drawing at the age of three and as a young man developed an elaborate and intense graphic style that is still evident in his work today. Revri has had a long and rich association with the Corcoran; he received his BFA in graphic design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 1995 and he was included in the exhibition Lichtenstein and Beyond: Recent Acquisitions of Modern Prints (2001), as well as several Corcoran alumni shows. Revri has had numerous solo and group shows in India, Europe and the United States. His work is featured in collections worldwide including the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress. Revrilives and works in Washington, DC.