Jagdish Swaminathan

Watercolour on paper
10.75 x 15.25 in

₹ 7,80,000

Asta Guru 20 June 2017

Born in 1828 in Simla, Jagdish Swaminathan was a leading Indian artist, painter, poet, and writer. Swaminathan founded the 'Group 1890' in August 1962. He was educated at Delhi Polytechnic and later, in Poland. It was only in the late 50's that he started devoting his time completely to art. He was a member of the Communist Party of India in the mid-'50s and worked as a journalist and art critic for the Left magazines. This group put up their only show in 1963. As a solo artist, he put up about 31 shows and participated in a number of national as well as international exhibitions. The main feature of his paintings was the simplicity that was rather captivating. The vivid imagery and bright colors were a celebration of the rise of the inner being over the commonplace. Later on, the well-ordered color geometry and brush painting gave way to the use of symbols. The latter was a distinct influence of the tribal arts and he began to use his fingers to apply the pigment in order to achieve the desired effect

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