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Akbar Padamsee

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Though very meticulous in his method, master colorist Akbar Padamsee’s drawings and paintings pulsate with throbbing energy. This is an artist whose work ranges from the figure to non-figuration; for Padamsee it not t...

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Though very meticulous in his method, master colorist Akbar Padamsee’s drawings and paintings pulsate with throbbing energy. This is an artist whose work ranges from the figure to non-figuration; for Padamsee it not the categorization of his work which is of consequence, but rather its relationships with form, volume, space, time, and color. He is acutely aware of every brush stroke; the process of creation is one of contemplation and articulation of thoughts and ideas.

Padamsee’s pioneering spirit has allowed him to experiment with a wide range of mediums: the gamut of the traditional ones to his recent experiments with photography and digital printmaking. Whatever his chosen medium, the artist conveys a command over space, form and color. Although he is best known as a painter, Padamsee has experimented with film-making, sculpture, and writing as an art critic as well. His formal education was in the fine arts – Padamsee graduated from the Sir J.J. School of Art in 1940, with a diploma in painting and series of sculpture classes behind him. In an interview with Dnyaneswar Nadkarni, he comments: “In those days, learning painting in that tree-studded campus was a heady experience.” An ex-professor from the school describes him as an “aristocratic intellectual, aloof from the usual hurly-burly of the school,” showing a rare seriousness and sense of direction as an artist.

The most familiar works from his extensive oeuvre are the metascapes and mirror images, and the figures and heads, which he keeps oscillating between. The metascapes are a development from landscapes, while the mirror images show his concern with the duality of existence, of form and space. The figure is treated not as an individual, not even in the heads where the association with portraiture is even stronger. The only occasion when he has handled portraits of known people, was in 1997, with his Gandhi series of works on paper in watercolor and charcoal.

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7 Artworks for sale

2 Sold Artworks

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  • About Artist

    Though very meticulous in his method, master colorist Akbar Padamsee’s drawings and paintings pulsate with throbbing energy. This is an artist whose work ranges from the figure to non-figuration; for Padamsee it not the categorization of his work which is of consequence, but rather its relationships with form, volume, space, time, and color. He is acutely aware of every brush stroke; the process of creation is one of contemplation and articulation of thoughts and ideas.

    Padamsee’s pioneering spirit has allowed him to experiment with a wide range of mediums: the gamut of the traditional ones to his recent experiments with photography and digital printmaking. Whatever his chosen medium, the artist conveys a command over space, form and color. Although he is best known as a painter, Padamsee has experimented with film-making, sculpture, and writing as an art critic as well. His formal education was in the fine arts – Padamsee graduated from the Sir J.J. School of Art in 1940, with a diploma in painting and series of sculpture classes behind him. In an interview with Dnyaneswar Nadkarni, he comments: “In those days, learning painting in that tree-studded campus was a heady experience.” An ex-professor from the school describes him as an “aristocratic intellectual, aloof from the usual hurly-burly of the school,” showing a rare seriousness and sense of direction as an artist.

    The most familiar works from his extensive oeuvre are the metascapes and mirror images, and the figures and heads, which he keeps oscillating between. The metascapes are a development from landscapes, while the mirror images show his concern with the duality of existence, of form and space. The figure is treated not as an individual, not even in the heads where the association with portraiture is even stronger. The only occasion when he has handled portraits of known people, was in 1997, with his Gandhi series of works on paper in watercolor and charcoal.

    Akbar Padamsee - The Titan And His Art

    Auction season is in full swing and art prices are skyrocketing. Recently, Saffron Art - India's largest auction house, broke records in September. 'Greek Landscape' a painting by modern artist Akbar Padamse, sold for 19 crore rupees, effectively setting a world record for India Artists and also the biggest sale the auction house has sold. Padamse created the painting in the 1950's and revisited it recently. He says that his methodology is absurd and that is why he succeeded in completing this landscape. Otherwise, he says, he would have failed miserably. While looking upon the painting, he remarks - "after so many years, but still perfect. It's perfect." Among other titans of the Indian art world, there were high prices for works of Nasreen Mohamadi and Gagendranath Tagore as well. Dinesh Vaizirani, the Co-founder of Saffron Art says that in the 1960's a lot of these artists were friends and were effectively influencing each other around that time. He is thankful that he has the pleasure of viewing and selling these landmark paintings and goes on to say "that artworks from masters of modern art will go on to fetch record breaking prices".

  • Academics

    1951 Diploma, Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai.

  • Exhibitions


    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

    2010 'Body Parts', The Loft, Mumbai

    2010, 93, 86, 75 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2008 ‘Sensitive Surfaces’, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris

    2007 ‘Metascape to Humanscape’, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto

    2006 Metascape to Humanscape’, Aicon Gallery, New York

    2006 Photographs (2004–06), Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 Gallery Threshold and the French Embassy in India, New Delhi

    2004 Retrospective of Watercolors, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2003 ‘Critical Boundaries’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2002 ‘Drawing Show’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

    2002 ‘Tertiaries’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1999 ‘Compugraphics’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai and Art Heritage, New Delhi

    1997 ‘Imaging Gandhi’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1996 ‘Female Nudes’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1994 ‘Mirror Images’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1993 ‘Heads’, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

    1992, 88 Art Heritage, New Delhi

    1992 Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

    1988 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1980 Retrospective of works organized by Art Heritage, New Delhi and Mumbai

    1981 Urja Gallery, Baroda

    1974, 72 ‘Metascapes’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1967 Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal

    1963 Gallery ’63, New York

    1962 Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi

    1960 Painting in Grey, Gallery ’59, Mumbai

    1957 Galerie de Ventadour, France

    1954 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1953 Gallery Raymond Creure, Paris

    1952 Galerie Saint Placide, Paris



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2012 'Rewind , Review ... ', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2012 'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai

    2011 'Form and Formlessness', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

    2011 'States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day', Aicon Gallery, London

    2011 'POP: Progressives on Paper', Aicon Gallery, New York

    2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2010-11 'Figure/Landscape: Part Two', Aicon Gallery, London

    2010 'Figure/Landscape: Part One', Aicon Gallery, New York

    2010 'The Progressives & Associates', Grosvenor Gallery, London

    2010 'Black and White', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

    2010 'From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in Transition', Rob Dean Art, London in association with Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2010 'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai

    2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai

    2009 'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead

    2009 'Sacred and Secular', India Fine Art, Mumbai

    2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

    2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London

    2008 'Faces', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2008 ‘Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years of Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

    2007-08 ‘India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation’, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy

    2007 ‘Winter Show’, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto

    2006 Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata

    2006 ‘Shadow Lines’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 Contemporary Indian Art, Nehru Center, London

    2005 ‘Visions of Landscape’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 Ashta Nayak: Eight Pioneers of Indian Art', Aicon Gallery, New York

    2005 Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2004 ‘Anticipations’, Fine Arts Resource, Mumbai

    2004 ‘Concept and Form’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2004 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2002, 01 Saffronart and Pundole Gallery, New York

    2002 'Words and Images', Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2001 'Engendering Images of a Woman', Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2000 'Rare Collection' Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1999 'Creative Process', Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1998 'Drawings', Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1997 Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1997 ’50 Years of Indian Art’, Mohile Parikh Centre for Visual Arts (MPCVA), Mumbai

    1996 ‘Modern & Contemporary Paintings: One Hundred Years’, London

    1995 Indian Contemporary Paintings, London

    1994 ‘Mirror-Image Series’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1993 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai

    1993 Reflections & Images, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1992 Sanskrit Art Gallery, Kolkata

    1992 Group Show with Laxman Shreshtha & Jogen Chowdhury, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1991 ‘National Exhibition of Contemporary Art’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

    1991 ‘State of the Art’ First Computer Art Show in Mumbai, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1990, 88 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1989 ‘Timeless Art’, Mumbai

    1987 Festival of India in U.S.S.R, Moscow

    1985 Indian Artists in France

    1984 Contemporary Indian Painters, Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. Organized by Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1982 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Festival of India, Royal Academy of Art, London

    1981 ‘India: Myth & Reality – Aspects of Modern Indian Art’ Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Oxford

    1981 Indian Painting Today, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1979 ‘Focus’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

    1958 ‘Seven Indian Painters’, Gallery One, London




    PARTICIPATIONS

    2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

    2012 'Synergy 2012', 12th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

    2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

    2010 'Art Celebrates 2010', represented by Gallery Threshold at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

    2010 'Master’s Corner', organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi

    2010 'Contemporary Printmaking In India', presented by Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2009 'Miniature Format Show 2009 - IInd Part', Sans Tache Gallery, Mumbai

    2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

    2008 ‘The Miniature Format Show – Part I’, Sans Tache, Mumbai

    1968 Indian Triennale, New Delhi

    1963, 55, 53 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

    1963 3rd Paris Biennale, Paris

    1961 2nd Paris Biennale, Paris

    1959 Tokyo Biennale, Japan

    1959 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

  • Award & Recognition

    2010 Padama Bhushan from Government of India

    2010 Kailash Lalit Kala Award, New Delhi

    2008 Roopdhar, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

    2007 Dayawati Modi Award

    2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

    1997-98 Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh Government

    1969 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship

    1967 Artist in Residence, Stout State University, Wisconsin

    1965 J.D. Rockefeller IIIrd Fund, Fellowship

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