Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Gautam Vaghela

Gautam Vaghela (born 1936) is an Indian artist.
His early art education was at the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Bombay and he later he went on to train in fresco and mural techniques in Banasthali, Rajasthan. From 1962 to 1994 he was associated with the Weaver's Service Centre at the government of India's Ministry of Textiles. He retired as Director, Coordination and Design Exports for the Centres and Indian Institutes of Handloom Technology. The W.S.C's had artists working closely with weavers for the development of modern textile designs, and it was at the Centre that Vaghela interacted with artists including K.G. Subramanyan, Prabhakar Barwe and Ambadas.

Vaghela has illustrated several books including The Story of Dance: Bharata Natyam by Krishna Sahai and Another India: An Anthology of Indian Contemporary Fiction and Poetry with British painter Howard Hodgkin. In more than four decades as an artist and designer, he has exhibited all over India and overseas, including at the 1966 Biennale de Paris and the 1967 São Paulo Art Biennial.

He Received the Padma Shri Award in 1982 and Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar in 1990.
(source - wikipedia)

 Gautam Vaghela's theme are abstract concepts based on culture. through them takes shape a fantasy which has a theroetical foundation. As one is elevated from the everyday life to a different psychological level, the concepts in the painting unravel through details lent by tradition. The connoisseur into a flower. He is suddenly blessed with an unexpected joy as he acquires the beauty and fragrance of a bloom.

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Two Painting from his series MONLOGUE (1973) is at permanent collection display at the National Gallery of Modern Art- Mumbai.

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