Found this image on tumblr with the cryptic caption “Riyaz Udin”. It’s definitely an Indian miniature painting, and Riyaz is a man’s first name I associate with Indian culture, so maybe that’s the artist’s name. I wonder how old it is … Hmm. Not very. He spells his name Riyaz Uddin; he’s from Jaipur and is trained in the classical tradition, the single hair brush and the whole bit, but he’s very much alive and on Facebook and everything. How cool.
And I love this painting so much, from the spirals in the waves to the sun with a mustache to the realistic blue butterflies to the couple in the dual domed flying saucer. And the central motif makes a lot more sense to me now that I know this is a contemporary work.