Archive for April 7, 2014

Artist of the moment……Natvar Bhavsar


Natvar Bhavsar is a prominent artist  born in Visnager, India in the year 1934. Bhavsar began his artistic career as a Cubist painter and achieved international recognition before the age of twenty.

The artist would eventually find himself in New York City and upon seeing the American Abstract Expressionist painters developed a style that used some methods of traditional Indian sand painting. He prepares each canvas with many acrylic binders and then places the canvas flat on the floor. Rather than painting vertically pigments are dropped onto the canvas as it lies on the floor.

Another artist who had a similar technique was Vance Kirkland. Kirkland started out as a realist painter but eventually came to love abstract painting and developed a harness that would suspend him above  his canvas in order to paint it. Two different artists but a similar approach.

Bhavsar earned a bachelors degree in English literature from Gujarat University located in Amdavad, India.  Bhavsar earned a M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bhavsar has won fellowship grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.

Price range information: Most works range from $5,000 to $60,000.

Bhavsar is based out of Soho in New York City.

In this clip from 2010 we visit a documentary movie that was made about Natvar Bhavsar:

I enjoy Bhavsar’s use of color in addition to the unique way he adds color to his canvas with the canvas being on the floor. Paint is used but Bhavsar also uses dried pigments giving his work an explosion of pure color for the eyes!