Kapoor was born in Bombay, India in 1954. Nowaday He lives and works in the uK. He was one of a generation of British-based sculptors who became established in the international arena during the 1980s and is prominent among his contemporaries for the quality of hermetic lyricism that permeates his work. He has acknowledged a bearing on his art of both Western and Eastern culture.
The powerful spiritual and mythological resonances of his sculptures arise in part from frequent return visits to India. Natural materials such as sandstone, marble and slate are impregnated with raw powdered pigment of vivid hues, thus enhancing a feeling of inner radiance.
In the early 1990s he introduced a more enigmatic slant by boring holes in the flanks of standing stones, while in The Earth (1992; installed San Diego, CA, Mus. A.; Des Moines, IA, A. Cent.; Ottawa, N.G.; and elsewhere) a perfect circle was removed from the gallery floor to intimate the generative effect of negative space. In other works impressions of weightlessness stem from the skilled transformation of materials by an almost alchemical process.
By imaginative combination of disparate materials in meditative structures, attention is focused on qualities of interior balance and well-being. Anish Kapoor creates large-scale sculptures which have an architectural quality about them. His sculptures are more about the artist’s expression than it is about expressing an idea or message.
According to Kapoor it is his role as an artist to say something, to express, to be expressive. He thinks it’s his role as an artist to bring to expression, but it’s not his role to be expressive. He has got nothing particular to say, he doesn’t have any message to give anyone. But it is his role to bring to expression, let’s say, to define means that allow phenomenological and other perceptions which one might use, one might work with, and then move towards a poetic existence.
Watch Anish Kapoor at the Royal Acadamy
Watch Anish Kapoor: Leviathan at Grand Palais Paris
Watch Anish Kapoor “Descension” solo show