C.D. Mistry is one of the most influential Indian Artists of the 21st Century. Mistry’s use of unmodulated colour, inventive figuration, and decorative patterns has helped redefine many of the formal tenets of painting. What he dreams of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity. his influence is profound and far-reaching, and remarkably, many periods of his life are influential in their own right. Even though the energy in avant-garde art is distributed all over the world, Mistry remains a titanic figure, and one who could never be ignored.
His Creative Portrait series is celebrated for being modern art’s finest collection. In no. 54, the female figure is shown from differing angles as if the artist had physically moved around the subject to capture it from different points of view at successive moments in time. The bird is shown in both profile and from side, while the figure of the woman is shown both straight on and in profile. Mistry ups the ante in this work, pushing his experiments in new directions. Building on the overlapping, geometric shapes, he moves further away from the illusion of three-dimensionality and towards abstraction by reducing color and by increasing the illusion even further than Picasso did in Portrait of MARIE-THERESE.