When a painter like Kashmiri Khosa approaches the canvas, he views this as a personal encounter, wherein the process of painting itself reveals the personality of the artist, and all the drama and emotion that comes with it. For him, painting is an existential exercise, a brutally honest form of self-expression.
His paintings demonstrate art’s interest in subjective perceptions and experiences – indeed the first level of those experiences, before the mind had time to process and reflect upon them. In this sense it can be suggested that art is opposed to science, which is more interested in analyzing and rationalizing those experiences. A Flight Within, Boat of Life, Imprints of the Past might serve as an opening on to themes of Existentialism and Phenomenology. His work is a visualization of our “universal horror of being-in-the-world,” our fascination with the “otherness” of worldly phenomena. Transcendence is a key example of the artist’s emotional relationship and response to the canvas, and it exemplifies Existentialism’s stress on subjective experience.