Hi everyone, I hope you have enjoyed all of my posts so far. I want to keep things both diverse and interesting on my blog – somewhere to celebrate and reflect on Indian art and culture. With this in mind I thought that it would be good to talk about one of India’s most famous artists and indeed my own favourite. Well known for his abstract style, a style that was less well travelled by other Indian artists of his time, Gaitonde created pieces that captured a spirit, imagination and depth, edged with a sense of calm and tranquillity, that leaves the viewer in a trance of silence and stillness. In essence Gaitonde’s work reflects his own interest in Zen Buddhism and in turn a reflection of how he lived his life – it represents a sense of joy, pleasure and peacefulness and an intimate relationship between painter and painting.
When studying his work it is impossible not to appreciate his extraordinary use of colour, line, form, and texture, as well as elements of symbolism and calligraphy. His work can be seen to encompasses the ethos of India where he lived and worked most of his life. He was a very confident and self-critical man who was well respected within his field and whose achievements have yet to be rivalled within the South Asian arts scene. His influence has further transitioned through to future generations who continue to be mystified by his magical paintings. A recent exhibition of his work in New York has also helped to propel him into the eyes of international audiences. To really put into perspective the impact and power of Gaitonde’s influence within the South Asian arts scene a recent auction sold one of his pieces for 293 rupees or 2.9 million, the most ever paid for a piece of work by a South Asian artist.