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V.S.Gaitonde

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Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra in 1924 and received his diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948. He was a part of the Progressive Artists Group. Considered one of the India's foremost abstractionists (th...

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Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra in 1924 and received his diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948. He was a part of the Progressive Artists Group.

Considered one of the India's foremost abstractionists (though he is known to dismiss the label), Gaitonde's works are known for evoking subliminal depths. Plain, large surfaces with paint layered subtly characterise his work. His paintings have a quality of light that seems to be complete in itself.

He had several solo exhibitions in India and abroad and participated in group shows like the Indian art exhibition which toured East European countries in 1956 and other group exhibitions at Graham Gallery in New York in 1959 and Gallery 63 in New York in 1963.

Art, for Gaitonde, is a process complete in itself and in exploring his inner spaces and transient realities it helps him move towards himself. A non-conformist, Gaitonde always kept himself away from anything that would be extraneous to his identity as a painter. He as evolved as painter who is increasingly more meticulous in the presentation of his identity.

His work is represented in several Indian and foreign collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was awarded the first prize at the Young Asian Artists' Exhibition, Tokyo in 1957 and the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1964. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971.

Gaitonde lived and worked from New Delhi, he passed away in August 2001.

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  • About Artist

    Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra in 1924 and received his diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948. He was a part of the Progressive Artists Group.

    Considered one of the India's foremost abstractionists (though he is known to dismiss the label), Gaitonde's works are known for evoking subliminal depths. Plain, large surfaces with paint layered subtly characterise his work. His paintings have a quality of light that seems to be complete in itself.

    He had several solo exhibitions in India and abroad and participated in group shows like the Indian art exhibition which toured East European countries in 1956 and other group exhibitions at Graham Gallery in New York in 1959 and Gallery 63 in New York in 1963.

    Art, for Gaitonde, is a process complete in itself and in exploring his inner spaces and transient realities it helps him move towards himself. A non-conformist, Gaitonde always kept himself away from anything that would be extraneous to his identity as a painter. He as evolved as painter who is increasingly more meticulous in the presentation of his identity.

    His work is represented in several Indian and foreign collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was awarded the first prize at the Young Asian Artists' Exhibition, Tokyo in 1957 and the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1964. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971.

    Gaitonde lived and worked from New Delhi, he passed away in August 2001.

  • Exhibitions

    2013 'Pioneers of Modernism', Sovereign FZE, Dubai

    2013 'Nothing is Absolute: A Journey through Abstraction', The Jehangir Nicholson Gallery at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
    (CSMVS), Mumbai,India

    2012 'One Eye Sees, the Other Feels', The Viewing Room, Mumbai,India

    2012 'Through the Ages: South Asian Sculpture and Painting from Antiquity to Modernism', Aicon Gallery, New York,USA

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

    2011 'Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern
    Art(CIMA), Kolkata,India

    2011 'Modern Masters', Aicon Gallery, New York,USA

    2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi,India

    2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi,India

    2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose,USA

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

    2011 'V S Gaitonde: Works from Private Collections', Saffronart, New Delhi.

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

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

    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,USA

    2009 ‘Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art’, Traveling Exhibition presented by Bodhi Art at Ravinder Natya Mandir, P.L.Despande
    Kala Academy Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sant Dyaneshwar Natya Sankul Art Gallery, Amravati; Platinum Jubilee Hall, Nagpur; Tapadia Natya Mandir
    Sports Hall, Aurangabad; Hirachand Nemchand Vachanalay’s, Solapur;

    Acharya Vidyanand Sanskrutik Bhavan, Kolhapur; PGSR Sabhagriha, SNDT,
    Pune; Sarvajanik Vachanalaya Hall, Nasik
    Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman,
    Jordan

    2008 'Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005'', Philadelphia Museum of Art,
    USA

    Sixty Years after Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
    -08 ‘India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation’, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy

    2004 ‘Concept and Form’, Vadehra Art Gallery, Mumbai.




  • Award & Recognition

    1974 Prix Nationale, Festival International de la Peinture, Cagness-Sur- Mer, France

    1971 Padmashree, Government of India

    1965 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    1964-65 J. D. Rockefeller III Fellowship to Live and work in USA

    1950 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

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