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Prolific tinges about elegance

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An exquisite painter, a fine graphic artist, a sculptor, a muralist, an interior designer and an architect- all rolled into one…that’s Satish Gujral for you. His astounding works of art have fetched him international recognition and won him many accolades.

Blessed with so many talents, Gujral humbly says, “Painting, sculpture and architecture are manifestations of a single aesthetic. They are products of a total environment- a social and cultural system with parallels in literature, music and other arts….”

Born in Jhelum, he suffered a terminal hearing impairment at the tender age of 8. His early years, in Gujral’s words, were, “entombed in silence”. He read Urdu literature and scribbled with a pencil on paper. He went on to study Applied Arts at the Mayo School of Art in Lahore. He then shifted to Mumbai and took admission in the Sir J.J. School of Art. It was during this time that he got in touch with the Progressive Artists Group.

satish_gujral-1But sadly he had to leave J.J. School of Art because of a persistent health problem. He then went to Mexico on a scholarship, for an apprenticeship with Diego Rivera and David Sequeiros. It was there that he got greatly affected by the pain and misery of the people who had been rendered homeless because of partition of the country. This social content started showing up in Gujral’s works who kept on searching for the meaning of living and life.

He never cringed when it came to trying out a different variety of mediums. He tried his hand at diversifying his sculpted material with industrialized objects like steel, copper, glass, frequently painted in rich enamel colours. Later on he even experimented with junk sculptures, introducing light and sound in them.

Between 1952 and 1974, Satish Gujral did a number of solo shows of his sculptures, paintings and graphics in Mexico City, New York, New Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Montreal, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Stockholm. The late ‘80s saw the expansion of his paintings and sculptures in terms of materials and content. His sculptures in burnt wood depict a kind of instinctive exposure of human and other forms.

Expanding his boundaries further, Satish Gujral also penned down his absorbing autobiography “A brush with life”, which has been well received.


Written by Jaspreet Kaur

June 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Posted in Contemporary Art

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    June 19, 2009 at 2:59 am

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