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Sunday, December 20th, 2009 | Author:

amitava6aw1016d3pf_bigWorking with a variety of mediums such as watercolours, oils, and pastels, Amitava has painted his thoughts yet camouflaging something which makes the spectator want to dig deeper in the canvas.


Amitava’s earlier works saw gentleness and acquiescence however; his recent paintings depict the violence and apathy of modern times. He has portrayed his thoughts and feelings evoked by his observations of the life around him. The artist feels that his paintings are a way that he gets a chance to express his thoughts. He says “The basic concept of my work is life around me. Throughout my life, I have been an urbanite and have reacted to anything that has happened – either political or cultural. But obviously, my paintings are my thoughts and I think through them. Painting to me has become a kind of a language.”




amitava_97cm7030rw_bigBorn in 1947 in Delhi, Amitava graduated from the Delhi College of Art. He experimented with a few styles of painting and sketching. What is remarkable is the fact that through all his paintings, there is one common striking quality that comes through – stress on background and the layers of colours laid on the surface through which the images emerge. Amitava feels that it is through details that he defines his space in the painting. His work is based on situations where man is both the creator and the destroyer. Amitava creates a world that is natural and man made at the same time. It is way he uses different elements to create an environment that intrigues the spectators. With keen observation and sympathetic approach, Amitava highlights the inner struggle of humans. Off late, his work portrays aggression as Amitava feels how man has been isolating himself in this materialistic world. 

Tyeb Mehta

Sunday, June 07th, 2009 | Author:

A film editor by profession, and an aspiring painter by interest, Tyeb Mehta, one of the most acclaimed artists in the history of Indian art. Kapadvanj district, Gujrat in the July of 1925, he later joined Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai to pursue art as a career. He graduated in 1952, and went to London and Paris to further excel his skills. His return to the country marked the start of his career as an artist. His creativity was not just limited to painting, but he excelled as a sculptor as well. Mehta’s first solo exhibition went on display in the year of 1959 in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. His education in painting and sculptor didn’t hinder him in pursuing his interests further. So he went back to London, to stay there and learn, from 1959 to 1964. He visited Rockfeller Fellowship, United States as well in 1968.



Having a background in film editing, he pursued his interest further by trying his hands on film making. 1970 marked the year in which Tyeb Mehta was recognized by the Film fare critics for his film Koodal. It did not just end there. Mehta again received an award Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1988.



Painting and sculptor still remained Tyeb Mehta’s foremost passions. He continued to participate in various exhibitions, which included not only the traditional solo exhibitions but also several international ones. His work made him one of the top notch artists of India.