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Bhupen Khakhar

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 | Author:

How many of art aficionados have heard of Bhupen Khakhar? Thos who have must also have noticed his inadequacies in his works. But that is where the fascinating saga of this talented artist began. Yes, from his so called lack of formal training. He, in fact made a point to highlight his deficiencies to harp upon the art works he had created. Khakhar was never really much bothered about his lack of formal training in art and made it a point to highlight this fact in his works. Born in 1934, he was a self-taught artist who reveled in his uniqueness. His style of art was entirely self created and no wonder such confidence did result in beautiful works of art. By profession, he was a qualified chartered accountant but his passion for arts saw him moving to Baroda and join the Art Criticism course at the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Since then, it remained a memorable journey until he breathed his last. Soon after completing his course, he started to paint as a full time passion and organized his first exhibition within next three years. His initial works did invite lot of curiosity and criticism because of the experiments he made like painting over images of deities. That was first of its kind in Indian art circle. He remained obsessed about unconventional mans of painting.

Bhupen Khakhar never hesitated in expressing his innermost feelings though it also invited ire of established critics in the art circle. He tried experimenting with hybrid art cultures and traditions. He was quite expressive about duality of Indian society in his paintings. His compositions were always edgy and this kind of separated him from rest of the artists. Bhupen Khakhar dies in August 2003 aged 69.

Devajyoti Ray

Sunday, September 20th, 2009 | Author:

Devajyoti Ray is a shining star in the galaxy of Indian art world. Born in 1974 in Kolkata, he initially studied economics from legendary Presidency College. Later on, he did his Masters from another prestigious university Jawahar Lal Nehru (JNU) University, New Delhi. He is a fish of different kettle. As his birth year suggests, he is quite young and loves to experiment. He is also perceived as an offbeat artist. He has dabbled in pseudo-realism theme and remember, he is one of those rare Indian artists who love to experiment in pseudo-realism theme. Devjyoti often includes regular scenes from everyday life and that is a fascinating way to put across your expression. You cannot really find a pattern in his art works. But yes, you can get lost in the maze of appealing visuals and colors and yet you will be able to comprehend the meaning. Often touted as ‘rising new star’ of Indian art world, he has made rapid strides in recent time.


Talking about pseudo-realism, it is basically a visual art style that presents the elements of reality but in a distorted way. Things are not presented directly but rather through off beat color schemes and abstract symbols. That bring more effectiveness into the art work, popular imagery is used. The imagery is used through a conscious effort and this makes art work even more compelling. To some extent, pseudo-realism is often associated with graphic art. But that is just a minor resemblance.   


Devajyoti Roy has really excelled at portraying realistic themes through vivid usage of color combination. He has this knack of balancing content and theme in an aesthetic way. His paintings represent harmony and innovativeness. All in all, Devajyoti Roy looks very promising.

Jayasri Burman

Sunday, September 13th, 2009 | Author:

Jayasri Burman is a class apart when it comes to depicting everyday Indian life. She has done exceptionally well when it comes to showcasing the stark reality of normal Indian life. She has done it in a different way; mixing stark reality with magic of folklore and old-world charm. And how she managed to do it and what was her inspiration? Well, let’s hear it from the lady herself; “On starry nights, while we sat on the terrace, our elders would relate mythological stories and all those characters would mesh into themes that emerged as art motifs in my work. Now, when I am asked where I get my mythological references for my work, my answer is that they do not coincide with any authentic narrative but are figments of my childhood imagination that have surfaced on the canvas as figures and forms that I paint.”


Surprisingly, Jayasri has chosen watercolor as her painting medium and that’s a rarity in Indian art world. She uses bold themes and excels in making use of rich strong hues. Many of her art works can be seen with strange hybrid animas as the central characters. These characters have female figures and human heads. She relishes depicting the sensuous side of feminine forms. What gives her feminine forms certain aura are kohl lines eyes, flowers in the hair and casually draped sari. These characters are very aesthetic. She depicts male forms in equally ravishing way and in a fashion that male characters properly complement female forms. Jayasri is known for giving male-female relationship certain mundanity in her art works. She is basically a woman painter and her works speak for her. She has won several awards and exhibitions of her art works have taken place in many places. 


Saturday, September 05th, 2009 | Author:

Indian art world is rich with amazing talents. Some of these talents took paint brush in their hands by sheer chance and some others by design. Take for example, A. Ramachandran, he was designed to be a civil engineer but destiny and his own interests had something else for him. He completed his Master’s degree in Malayalam literature in 1957. Initially, plans were laid to see him through his civil engineering but then art world beckoned. He had an avid interest in art since his childhood and that took him to join Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and thereafter study art. He even completed his doctorate in paintings and his subject was mural paintings of Kerala.


After completing his doctorate, A Ramachandran moved base to Delhi in 1965. He joined Jamia Milia Islamia University as art Lecturer. Soon enough he was promoted to the post of a professor in the same department. He took voluntary retirement in 1992 and thereafter he was appointed as the honorary chairman of the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi. He is also a winner of Padma Bhushan.


A Ramachandran excelled in expressionistic paintings. He believed in making powerful figurative. His paintings illustrate anger towards urban life and it was well reflected in his early paintings. Later on, his paintings stated to portray a different theme and it was of tribal community. This was a remarkable change in his perspective. He made great efforts to understand ethos of tribal community and this as certainly a great shift from urban life that he earlier loved to paint. He relished making Rajasthani tribes as the object of his artistic interest. In late eighties, he also created several art works on Kerala murals. Ramachandran really excelled at giving his paintings a visual aura. Ramachandran lives and works in New Delhi.

Modern Indian Paintings

Sunday, June 14th, 2009 | Author:

Indian painting has gone through several phases. From ancient paintings to contemporary art, new forms of paintings kept enchanting us. However one thing remained constant and that was quality and charm of the art works. If we take a look at modern Indian painting, it was clearly influenced from western world. The era of modern Indian paintings started during pre-independence India when western art works had started to influence Indian painters. By western influences, I mean western techniques and principles were used to create paintings by the Indian artists. It is being said that art takes its inspiration from events, happenings and society. It reflects what’s going on in current context. That way, it does not come as a surprise to find the origin of modern Indian paintings.


One of the painters who made a huge mark in this form of paintings was Raja Ravi Varma. His art works are a perfect example of beautiful amalgamation of Indian as well as western techniques. Apart from Jamini Roy was also renowned for making beautiful art works that lent a balance between both form and technique of different cultures. His paintings were considered as rooted because it was clearly influenced and yet its essence was very much Indian.


The usage of modern techniques was in conjunction with Indian themes. That was the beauty of modern art which had beautiful mixture of western techniques and Indian themes. It can be seen in many paintings that has Hindu philosophy and mythological stories as their themes. Post Independence era witnessed worldwide recognition of Indian artists like Rabindranath Tagore and Amrita Shergill apart from opening up of several art galleries. Soon, the art movement was followed by formation of the Progressive Artist’s Group that had members like K. H. Ara, S. K. Bakre, H. A. Gade, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza and F. N. Souza. This group had an immense impact on modern Indian Art.


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.