The Art of Indian Cuisine


 

When plans were being made for its opening in 1994, the Bengal Clipper commissioned top artist Christopher Corr and Brian Grimwood to create a series of paintings for the restaurant. Be it artistry in the kitchen, or a feast for our eyes, the Bengal Clipper aimed to establish itself as an Indian restaurant like no other. Christopher Corr's other commissions have included Eurostar, Qantas, London Transport and The Royal Mail. His work has been exhibited at all the major London galleries, but the permanent exhibition of his work is here at the Bengal Clipper.



The Lord Buddha
The Lord Buddha seated on a lotus flower
talks to his disciples. He holds a lotus flower
and a conch shell. The wheel of life turns.




An episode from the life of Krishna
Kaliya is a demon disguised as a many-headed
water snake who poisons the lake with his venom until Krishna overpowers him.





Sundar and the Vakula tree
This is a scene from the famous Bengali love
poem about Vidya and Sundar, and depicts the moment when Vidya, with her maidservants, meets Sundar who is seated under the Vakula tree.





An episode from the life of Krishna
Krishna is the most popular of the Hindu Gods and is usually represented as a young blue man, playing a golden flute and wearing a crown of peacock feathers. The painting depicts the milkmaids or Gopinis trying to stop the chariot of Krishna and his brother Balarama.





Nayika
A portrait of ideal beauty. She is a symbol of Mother India and is holding a peacock in her arms which is India's national bird.




Sundar's journey to Bardhaman
This is Sundar and his servant making a journey to Bardhaman and is a scene from the famous Bengali poem about Vidyar and Sundar.



Nayak and Nayika
The perfect lovers sit at a table, Nayak
playing a veena and Nayika is listening, a bird resting on her hand, which is the symbol of her love.





The Descent of Ganga
Ganga, who is known to us as the Ganges, is the most sacred river in India. She is married to the Gods who send her down to earth. She flows from the head of Shiva, the God of Procreation and Destruction, and he divides her into seven parts and brings joy to the valleys and mountains.




Saraswati
Saraswati stands on a lotus leaf playing a veena, a stringed instrument. She is the Goddess of learning and the patron of the arts, music and science. She is the consort of Brahma, the Lord of Creation.