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Oil on canvas
23 x 21 in. (58.4 x 53.5 cm.)
Signed and dated 'Manjit Bawa 97' and further signed in Devanagari on reverse
Manjit Bawa's unique style is characterised by the use of bold flat planes of colour with highly stylised, sensitively drawn subjects in bright tones, ranging from human figures to animals. Indian Miniature painting, particularly the Pahari tradition was a great source of interest and inspiration to him. 'There is a certain bonelessness, a pneumatic quality to Manjit's figure which echoes both folk Pahari painting and the tantric frescoes of Himalayan Buddhism.' (J. Swaminathan, 'Dogs Too Keep Night Watch', Let's Paint the Sky Red Manjit Bawa, New Delhi, 2011, p. 36) His application and use of colour is also closely tied to his training in silk-screen printing at the London School of Printing in the late 1960s.
Colour remains an integral part of Bawa's works. Even though the planes of colour are largely flat, he pays a great deal of attention to detail, taking particular care to create volume in his figures through the use of chiaroscuro or shadows, and subtle but effective colour gradations. These help in giving the figures a sense of weight and volume that anchor them in the canvas, despite the fact that they are very often floating in a void. 'His colours are vibrant and complementary, deft juxtapositions of greens and mauves, of reds and magentas and blues and yellows, of flat areas setting off forms softly modeled - not the stroke-by-stroke structuring of the image but its instant unveiling in animated suspension.' (ibid., p. 37)
'His canvases are lambent spaces animated by a relish for colour and volume... Colour itself becomes a resonant variety of space: a luminous and neutral field, virtually unmarked by a specific sense of place, in which his isolated dream-figures can operate without labouring under the burden of allegiance to any single history.' (Ranjit Hoskote, Manjit Bawa, Modern Miniatures Recent Paintings, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2000, unpaginated)
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About The Artist:
MANJIT BAWA (1941 - 2008)