Archive for November 3, 2012

Artist of the moment…Atul Dodiya

 

In the gallery all pictures by Atul Dobiya except the last two. His wife made the second to last one and Greg Miller made the last painting.

 

The artist hails from Bombay, India and was born in the year 1959.

For his artistic education he attended the famous J.J. School of Art located in Bombay.  He finished college in 1982.

A great clip here. Atul Dodiya is interviewed and talks about collecting art and the high prices sometimes involved.

In this clip see an exhibition that took place in September and October of this year at Galerie Daniel Templon located in Paris, France. The focus of the show was the scribes of Timbuktu. The interview is in English and subtitled in French.

The artist won a prize given by Sotheby’s in 2000.

One of the most famous contemporary artists working in India today. The artist not only works in mediums, but combines many mediums in one of art. Giving the viewer an overdose of eye candy! What makes his works very unique is that they make statements about India’s past, present, and future states of being. Dodiya cleverly mixes slogans with cultural icons. In one series he has even paid homage to current artists using quotes from David Hockney and Bhupen Khakhar.

Atul Dodiya is not very prolific as an artist as far as output. He prefers to pour much of his energy into a few works of art. Thus his very high prices!

The artist is included in many museum collections including

Dodiya currently lives and works out of Mumbai, India.

Price range information:  Dodiya has worked in watercolors which range from $13,000 and up. Lithographs start at $12,000. Acrylics record is $144,000. Also has produced works in steel as well as paintings with enamel and other mixed media  that can reach as high as six figures.

Atul is married to another quite famous painter named Anju Dodiya. Below is an example of her artwork.

The artist reminds me of current contemporary artist Greg Miller. Miller works in a similar pattern of using pop culture and iconic material as well as mixing advertising making both of their works a symbol of current life in each of their respective cultures. Miller works out of California. Below is a work of Greg Miller.

Dodiya is also very creative in his use of surfaces. Sometimes he prepares and paints directly on shutters that one would expect to see while walking down a street in India. Sometimes the artist will work on a prepared steel surface.