While the artist is no outsider to whatever is deemed 'emodemism' the imaginative qualities that he frequently seems to project in his latest works are drawn from a still living tradition, and as is at times reflected in the Indian folk dance forms, in especial those of Rajasthan. That tradition, both in its art-wise higher rung, as much as in the rites, rituals and spiritistic communion, of the folk (or rather those of the rural people, close to the earth). You just have to eye Chandra Shekhar's inks 50 so to speak to realize this aspect of his genre. Well, even if any other artists happen to share his unusual vision, his acute, spare, honed-to- the-bone manner takes his new work immediately to an elevated plane.
It simply becomes compelling, and especially so the said inks, as mentioned above. Still, the acrylics or oils on canvas too can show an equal mastery, a treatment which energizes and quickens his potent fables on the demonic plus the primordially divine. These works, a bit like rough-cut diamonds, are on purpose not overly sweet-coated or prettified. So this art, facing forwards and inwards, is of images of dramatic suspense, where the natural and the supernatural are engaged in a tete-a-tete.
The works owe only a little to the appearances of observed reality. Such images exist purely to act as the vehicle of a visionary enough world that is the instrument of possession's purgation. In other words, they exist as an interior analogue which seeks to orientate and drive the viewer's consciousness towards the realization of unawakened primal possibilities, especially those of the day's excessively bland unreasonably rational, urban mass humanity. In their import the painter's images are iconic and as such their presiding paradigm is the contemplation of the twilight zone of our protean but restless minds. His predisposition towards envisaging the pandora's box of the inner world is timely. He manifests it as charged with the traces of the fabulous, much as is realized, for instance in a Alice's Wonderland, a theatre of meaning - - pregnant, surprising possibilities, of strange specters and visitations.