Posts Tagged ‘India’

Artist of the moment….Tyeb Mehta

Tayyabb Mehta was a wonderful painter of the figure using  a modernist approach born in Kapadvanj, India in the year 1925.

For his collegiate studies Mehta attended he Sir J.J. School of Art.

Price range information: The artist has had works break the 2 million dollar barrier in acrylics and the 3 million dollar barrier in oils. Lithographs and smaller works in ink or charcoal can be found between $10,000 and $50,000.

Based out of Mumbai, India for the majority of his painting career.

Had stints abroad in London and New York that increased his skill level.

Had a wife and 2 children.

Receipient of Rockefeller Fellowship.

Also a producer of short length movies including a very well received work titled Koodal, a movie shot at a slaughter house.

One theme the artist enjoyed was portraying a person pulling a rickshaw. Very common and used daily in Indian life.

In this clip we see a drawing with crayon on paper by Mehta.

Tayeb Mehta has had a work sell for $1.5 million at auction. In this clip we visit this magnificent work.

Mehta passed away in 2009 at the age of 83 years old.

Artist of the moment….Jagganath Panda….

The artist was born in New Delhi, India in the year 1970.

Below is a brief interview with the artist taken in 2009. Takes place at Gallery Alexia Goethe Gallery.

Here Panda talks about his work of art titled THE CULT OF SURVIVAL II, takes place in 2011.

For his artistic education the artist earned a bachelors degree from the B.K. College of Arts and Crafts. Panda went on to earn a masters degree from the same institution. The artist also earned another masters degree from the Royal College of Art.

Panda has a unique style showing his wonderful drawing skills alongside a high level of creativity in design. In some works Panda uses such items as foil, thread, various papers. The artist uses a very limited palette.

Price range information:  Panda has worked in acrylics which range from $1,000 to $120,000. Oils which range from $1,200 to $133,000.  The artist has done works in watercolor but not enough to make a price schedule, just occasional works appear on the market.

Panda is a Surrealist painter that tries to add his thoughts on the world to his art, one recurring theme is over population of large city areas. Panda is living thru a period of time in India that is very much like the Industrial Revolution of the United States. With large masses of humanity fleeing the countryside and rural areas of the country for the opportunity and riches of the big cities.

Panda is a great Surrealist painter that reminds me of the wonderful Hungarian artist C. Pol Molnar. Both artists do a great job of creating a mythical atmosphere to life. I love looking at the horizons lines of both artist’s and the amount of depth both are able to achieve. Below is a great example of C. Pal Molnar’s style.


Panda currently lives and works out of New Delhi, India.

Winner of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award.

Panda is a wonderful painter that exemplifies what a modern Surrealist artist can be. I enjoy trying to decipher the many messages that exist in his paintings. From urbanization themes to the select use of funky fabrics and graphic design, his artwork has a contemporary feel. Even on smaller works the artist does a great job at creating mood and atmosphere. The viewer has the feeling of looking at a space that is very real, and seems larger than it appears.  I also enjoy the edges of artists work, they are like the artist very unique!


Artist of the moment…..Sand Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik…

Sudarshan Pattnaik  comes from India and was born in Puri in the year 1977. His medium is something you can find anywhere in his native country, SAND! He is known the world over for his wonderful three dimensional works of art out of sand. For those of you who have never watched live sand sculpture events its quite a team process. You have only a certain amount of time to finish, and in television events they usually blow up a few works for added excitement and the artists just have to start over and rebuild. Its very funny to watch the team competition.

Pattnaik is self taught and learned his craft from trial and error. Pattnaik made his first sand sculpture at the age of seven.

He has also won several international sand sculpting events such as the first Moscow International Sand Sculpture competition.

Included in the Guiness book of world records for the biggest sand sculpture of Santa  Claus ever made.

He is a great teacher and enjoys having people pick up this new and exciting form of sculpture. Pattnaik will incorporate various Hindu gods into his work to make people more aware of their surroundings. For illustrating his point on global warming he made a sculpture with Ganesh, the Hindu god of     , sitting atop melting glaciers.

A link to the artist’s own website:

The website above is great and very informative. Pattnaik has been running his own academy for sand artists for a decade now! Awesome!

In this clip watch an international sand sculpture competition that was held in Denmark in 2012. Pattnaik won first prize for his sculpture.

Pattnaik is great at using his art to show his feelings of certain events. This time he honors some fallen policemen that got killed during an uprising. Pattnaik wanted to make the world aware of what happened and he accomplished this goal.

Live art in all forms is great. Acting and singing are awesome, but I love to see art being made. Speed painters that could make good likenesses always capture my attention. Pattnaik was to design a live sand animation for the country of India to view as the new year came in 2010. The piece made reference to the unity of the people of India. He also pays his respects to Gandhi. Very interesting to see the sand animation take place in such a short period of time.

No price range or anything of that sort available about the artist. I should think he would take pictures of his work, sign them, and sell them but no such luck! Maybe in the future!


Artist of the moment…Jamini Roy…

Jamini Roy came from India and was born in a small rural area in West Bengal in the year 1872. He was known for his mix of western and eastern art. Many of his works have an Egyptian style feel to them as he drew images of people with their head turned to the side as  in a  profile view, or at least using the staple of Egyptian art, the eye is always drawn from a profile point. His family was middle class.

A brief clip showing some works by the artist. The first images start around forty seconds into the segment.

For his art education Jamini Roy went to study at the Governmental School of Art in Calcutta. When he was only sixteen years old he began studying and painting the figure in a classical realist manner. He also became an Impressionist and painted many landscapes. He then went back and took some symbols from his own life and culture and inserted them into his paintings.

One subject the artist loved to explore from his own culture, dance.  The Santhal are a large tribe living in India and he loved interpreting their dances as he could mix colors, clothes, and figures.

Much like a CEO, the artist had a vision and some goals to accomplish. One was to make art available to a wider selection of people and to make people aware of what life was like in his part of the world. I found it great that he even switched to local materials to give his work an ever higher authentic and unique feel.

The part from his own life that he put into his paintings is called Kalighat Idiom. Outside of a temple located in Calcutta many paintings were sold that had this theme of Kalighat idiom manner of painting.  Roy began using more line in his drawings and also used materials that were easily found in his home country. Out was canvas, in was his own surfaces out of wood and cloth. Roy gained much popularity during this time for introducing the outsider art world to his quiet region of earth.

Jamini Roy won the third highest award given to civilians in honor of their work for the state.  The award is named the Padma Bhushan and he won the prize in 1934.
Price range info: For the most part Roy worked in gouache. These works are priced from $4,000 to $40,000.


The artist passed away in 1972 at the age of  85 years old.



Artist of the moment…..Sohan Qadri….

In the gallery the only painting not done by Qadri is the last one which was painted by Richard Mayhew.

The artist came from India and was a great figure in the movement of contemporary art in India. He was best known for painting the metaphysical, the spiritual side of painting on canvas.

A brief clip featuring the artist’s work at a gallery in India. A collector talks about the Indian Art market.

Sohan Qadri was born in Chachoki, India in 1932. His family owned a very large farm and was quite wealthy. From some servants that lived on the farm Qadri learned of meditation and dance when he was around seven years old. Qadri liked to make scupture works out of the mud that was in his village.

As he grew older his mother wanted him to take over the duties of the family farm. Though outside he showed no emotion, inside it tore him up. He couldn’t handle the stress and ran away from home. Not like many of us who ran away for a few hours, he took off and lived in monastaries and with other people that shared his spiritual path and followings.

Eventually he returned and told him mother he would not take over the family farm and instead would start learning about art. He became an apprentice to a local photographer.

He then moved onto Bombay. The artist wanted to become an artist with a modern view, and he needed to leave smaller cities and villages behind in order accomplish his goals and dreams.

For college he attended the Simla College of Art. He received a degree, then went on to study teaching. As fate would have it, a publisher of a regional art magazine saw Qadri’s work and became his first major patron. His patron was similar to Howard Tullman, the Famed Chicago Art Collector, who really are passionate about buying works of art from up and coming artists.

A simple time line about the style of his evolution would be figure work, abstract work, landscape, meditative work…

A few notes about the artist’s process. He saw colors either dark and light, and warm or cool. Dark colors reprsented the earth and were used in the bottom works of the art. Warm or cold colors could be used to denote the energy passing through space. Light colors would be used in the upper third or upper levels of the art.

Qadri made his first break into the art world by having a wonderful sell out show in Africa.

Qadri lived abroad much of his life in places such as London, Paris, and for more than thirty years in Denmark.

The artist’s process includes getting into a meditative state, and then using colors that are familiar to his native country of India,  and letting loose. Many paintings could be reflections of a quiet coastal scene. The viewer is given the structure and framework of a realism work, but with many details left out.

Qadri was very diverse in his mediums working with ink, oils, paper, and acrylics.

Price ranges: Works done with paper, many are collages some are paintings, are available from two twenty five thousand dollars. Ink works can be found from ten thousand to forty seven thousand. Works done in oils can range from two thousand to twenty five thousand. Acrylics can be found around ten thousand dollars.

The artist had quite a few celebrity friends. One was a winner of the Nobel Prize for his writings named Heinrich Boll. Boll enjoyed the meditation that was apparent to him in the artists’ work.
I enjoy this artist for his bold use of color and for his blend of abstraction and realism in his meditation paintings. If I was to compare his work to another artist it would be Richard Mayhew. Mayhew was an African American Indian artist that is still alive today and at his peak would take a landscape or seascape and reduce to brilliant fields of color. Below is an example of a Mayhew landscape. All forms are reduced to flat shapes of color with no concentration on form or structure, all feelings are centered on emotion.

Qadri passed away in 2011.

Artist of the moment…..Indian artist S.H. Raza….

The artist is perhaps the Picasso of India, having a very long and successful career as an artist. Raza was born in 1922.

A clip from a documentary on the artist.

Raza has worked in many mediums over his mulitple decade art career. He has used bronze, lithographs, gouache, oils, watercolor, and acrylics.

High price range: $3.4 million for “Saurashtra”  Acrylic painting record is $847,000.

Low price range: Lithographs start at less than one thousand dollars.

When creating his works the artist uses a variety of images taken from Indian culture, he adds dynamic color, and sometimes uses very geometric shapes that keep the viewers eye moving through out the painting.

Raza started taking drawing lessons at the age of twelve years old.  For college Raza attended the Nagpur School of Art for four years. He also attended the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay, India. Lastly he earned a scholarship to study at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, France. This happened in 1950 and the artist has remained in Paris every since.

Was the first non French artist to win the Priz de la Critique. Its an award given to the best comic book produced in a certain era.

First solo show was at the age of twenty four years old. He won a silver medal from the Bombay Arts Society. This society was founded in 1888 and includes the art circle of Mumbai, India.

He first painted the landscape. Raza then moved on to painting more abstract items.
In 1947  Raza founded a group called the Bombay Progressive Art Group. This collection of artists wanted to reject the ideas of European art and its realism. The group was interested in painting more abstract works that provided feeling without realism.

By 1949 the artist had lost both parents and half of his family moved to Pakistan after the Indian partition took place.

The artist then decided to move to France and start anew. Whereas other modern artists were painting figures  Raza  explored his passion for painting landscapes surrounded by his new French environment. He even married a famous french artist named Janine Mangillot. Below is a work of hers, she was primarly an abstract painter.


Raza went to become a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.


After years of painting and selling landscapes, Raza felt a change was needed and he wanted to quit producing plastic art. He then did some more travelling and found his style. From this move he came to a Bindu statment in his works. Very expressive. In the Indian culture Bindu is both the point at which creation happens and also the point which all things become unified. This was his goal and he been very prolific in his type of painting.


I enjoy this artists work for his use of hard edges and straight lines. He uses curves and circles as well, but not as much as other contemporary artists. If I had to compare his work to an American painter it would be Frank Stella. I hope Raza can make it to one hundred years of age!


Try an abstract painting today! Loosen up and have fun with the color.




Artist of the moment…..G.R. Iranna

The artist was born in Sindgi, Bijapur, Karnataka, India.

In this clip an interview with the artist before one of his shows.

The second part of the interview.

In 1999, the artist was the artist in residence at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. He then moved back to India and earned a B.F.A. in painting from the College of Visual Art in Gulbarga. Iranna went on to earn a masters degree from the College of Art in New Delhi.

The artist has been part of art exhibitions in San Jose, California  Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Cairo, and Mumbai.

Iranna paints mainly with acrylics on canvas. Some of his very large canvases have sides longer than 100 inches! Its as if they were a mural and not a painting. Which brings us also to his choice of surfaces to paint on, many times he paints on a very large tarp. I would be interested to see how smooth the paint surfaces seem and how they reflect light. Hard to tell via a photo.  The artist seems to have abandoned painting on canvas altogether and now paints with acrylics on tarpulin.

The artist paints with a theme or genre and that is the feeling of pain or that of being a victim. In much the same way Kathe Kolwitz makes me feel sad when I look at her etchings, this artist has many feelings included in his paintings as well.  With so many events going on simultaneously I would classify these works as Surreal.

Part of Museum Collections include the National Gallery of Modern Art in India, Seattle Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, and the Herwitz Collection here in the United States.

On line and land based galleries:   Aicon Galleries in both New York City and London.

Gurukul is comparable to being an apprentice here in the states. In India the student and master teacher even live together. Also Iranna lived in an ashram, small collection of people usually sharing the same religion, for seven years.

High price range:  Unlike most artists who work in oils and acrylics the info I found showed a record $43,000 for an oil painting titled “Historical Chair.” $43.000 for piece that was painted in acrylics.

Low price range: $10,000 for a small oil painting.

The artist now lives and works out of New Delhi, India. It seems I have been profiling many older and sometimes dead artists lately, but that is because we must take lessons from the old masters and improve upon them!  The power of an artist to express feeling is timeless, not a material item such as Rolex!  When you look at Van Gogh, or an Iranna, or a Kollwitz and the same feeling that was in their head is in your heart, THATS ART!


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