The painting of a man who is serving the sentence for brutally murdering his wife is purchased for 4.5 lakh rupees. The name of this jailed artist is Chintan Upadhyay. He has been in prison for the last two years in connection with the murder of his wife Hema and her lawyer.
One of the painter and installation artist’s works, part of a recent exhibition of paintings by the inmates of Thane Jail, fetched Rs 4.5 lakh. And guess who is the buyer? It’s none other than filmmaker and actor Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao. The painting Kiran has bought up features an elephant with long, brittle legs, and appears to have been inspired by Spanish artist Salvador Dali’s works.
The Jail authorities told that the exhibition, held at a city school on December 2 and 3, was part of ‘Art from behind bars’ initiative. Rajvardhan Sinha, IG Prisons stated that,
“We encourage these activities so that the prisoners learn to do something constructive. It can also lead them to think in a positive manner and pull them out of depression.”
Thane Jail superintendent Nitin Vayachal said,
“Upadhyay was also part of painting workshops held every once in a while at the prison. He doesn’t want them to draw what they see, but what they feel – from imagination. Inspired by him, the other jail inmates have also taken up to painting and are doing good work.”