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Satish Gujral: Portfolio Print

Usha Bhatia (Editor)
Synopsis "An artist is like a man on a journey, always seeing the topography or the various aspects of life," believes Satish Gujral.  Between this belief and its expression, ranging over 59 years from the time he first literally exploded visually in the realm of pain with his Partition paintings to his latest work which exults with joy at the rhythms of the human body in sports, you can almost glean the biographical progression of Gujral through his work alone.  Snatched from the world of sound at the age of eight, he forced his silence to speak; through the canvas with paint, on the walls through his murals, through paper for his collages, through brick, stone and mortar for his architecture, through burnt wood for the fire within, through sculpture for the dimensions he sought for movement and through, always and always back again, to the canvas for his intimacies with pain and joy.  Within the feeling of the grand design that a viewer always gets on seeing any of Gujral's work there are the intricacies of perfect draughtsmanship, the assurance of line, the sweeping movement, and the easy flow of images over one and into the other.  He toyed briefly with oil but went on to create his own mix of acrylic.  In changing colours, he told the story of his life over the years.  The dramatic passion of smouldering black and the fiery reds of the early period yielded at a later stage to more muted browns and yellows, on to a blaze of mustard and deep violet, or a dash of an errant pink.  There was this breathless movement of the human form, in tandem with images of animals and birds, which created a vocabulary of expression that people recognize even if the artist has changed the theme or surfaced with a new arrangement of images; of the human form, birds and animals running over, into, and almost dialoguing with each other.  "The overlapping of images is like the overlapping of sound over what I see now," he says and then adds quietly, "or, over my silence."
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About the author

Usha Bhatia

Being the editor of the National Lalit Kala Akademi from 1980 to 2006, Usha Bhatia carried out the editorial responsibilities and edited number of publications which included journals, books, monographs and portfolio series. She contributed by writing text of some of these publications. After finishing her term at the Akademi, she joined the Harmony Art Foundation where she is working as the Research Director.

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Title Satish Gujral: Portfolio Print
Author Usha Bhatia
Format Softcover
Date published: 23.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Lalit Kala Akademi
Language: English
isbn 8187507187
length 4p., 10 Colour Plates; 38cm.