Working predominantly across two distinctive styles, classical portraiture and tranquil impressionist landscapes, the breadth of Akshita Lad’s ability and influence is immediately evident. Placing women of colour as protagonists in her portraits, Lad inverts the patriarchal canon of history of art, imbuing her subjects with sensitivity and majesty. Conversely, her abstract landscapes offer carefully considered plains of colour and textural application of paint that invoke the serenity of the natural world.
As the saying goes, “we try to hide our feelings but we forget that our eyes speak”.
The artist wanted to capture the regal beauty, confidence and elegance of the black lady in the portrait. The artist invites the viewer to wonder who she is and what she is thinking,
The style of the painting is intentionally executed in a rennaisance-esque manner in order to highlight the grandeur and beauty of the woman.
Original image credit: Gemmy Woud Binnendjik
Medium: Oil on canvas
Country of Origin: Dubai, U.A.E