Height 12 in. (30.5 cm.)
Inscribed 'A. DAVIERWALLA / 12/72 / 2/6' on base. The sculpture is the second in an edition of six.
In her Lalit Kala tribute to Adi Davierwalla shortly after he died, Jaya Appasamy wrote: In the death of Adi Davierwalla contemporary art has lost a sculptor with a clear mind and a modern sensibility. His work is the work of a pioneer, who went forward free from the trammels of the past. (Jaya Appasamy, Adi Davierwalla, Lalit Kala Contemporary 17, New Delhi, April 1974, p. 36)
Davierwalla was not a trained artist, but a pharmaceutical chemist by profession. The lack of art school training in a sense isolated him. At the same time it gave him independence; he was aware of the art world of his day, which did not offer him a path to follow. (ibid., p. 37)
In his metal works such as Couple from 1972, the human figure is pared down to simpler geometric, semi-abstract forms, reflecting similar global trends that both American and British sculptors were experimenting with at the time. By then, Davierwalla has reached a certain harmony in sculpting. Perhaps the orderliness, clean edges and restfulness of these pieces were closest to the artists temperament. (ibid.)
About The Artist:
ADI DAVIERWALLA (1922 - 1975)