Anish Kapoor has often asserted, ‘I have nothing to say.’ This statement may seem odd coming from an internationally renowned artist who, in addition to winning some of the world’s most prestigious art prizes—including the Premio Duemila for his representation of Britain at the 44th Venice Biennale and the Turner Prize in 1991— was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013 for services to visual arts. But by keeping silent on his work however, he allows for new and unforeseen meanings to develop. The roots of this self-effacing approach can be found in Kapoor’s culturally mixed background, inspired by both the Western art movements of the 1960s and Indian concepts such as Svayambhu (a Sanskrit term meaning that which is created of its own accord rather than the hand of man).
Considered one of the most important sculptors of his generation, Indian-British artist Anish Kapoor creates large-scale works that challenge the viewer and defy easy definition, resonating with a mythic sensibility. Taking inspiration from both Western and Indian cultural sources, Kapoor harnesses intense hues, perception-shifting mirrors, and haunting voids to draw the viewer into an experiential relationship with sculptural objects that seek to evoke a multiplicity of visual and imaginative possibilities.