Jehangir P. Vazifdar

Self Portrait, 1965

Image for Self Portrait, 1965

Vazifdar participated in the post-independence art scene and met Abby Grey during her visit to Bombay in 1965. Though he is primarily remembered as an architect and building contractor, Vazifdar was also an innovator in the arts. In particular, he devised languages of color, correlating hues with various abstract concepts, as recorded in his unpublished “Color Alphabet and Dictionary.” In this self-portrait—which recalls Western psychedelic posters of the era—Vazifdar depicts his face through alternating curvilinear bands of color. Lines of green, pink, and black animate the red picture field, highlighting aspects of the abstracted visage.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 45 x 36 in.
Credit Line Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Donor Gift of Abby Weed Grey
Object ID G1975.167

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Collection Years: 1965