PROPERTY OF ZARIN WALSH
Height 18 1/4 in. (46.5 cm.)
Inscribed 'ADI D / 6. 57' on base
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 21, New Delhi, April 1974, p. 36)
Davierwalla was not a trained artist, but a pharmaceutical chemist by profession. Self-trained, he gave up his job three years after his first show in 1956. ‘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) Rather than work in the favoured material of bronze, Davierwalla’s earliest works were in wood, stone and marble, as seen in the current work from 1957.
Even though the seated figure is not a very tall work, Davierwalla has captured a weightiness to the form, conveyed through the solid, rounded lower half juxtaposed against the angular upper body leading to a slender, gently rounded head. ‘…One notices the lessons that Davierwalla has learnt from ancient Indian sculpture by way of massive anatomy and supple, lyrical form. Indeed, he handles stone with the full proof of having assimilated the stylistic implications of our indigenous sculpture…’ (D.G. Nadkarni, ‘The Art of Davierwalla’, Lalit Kala Contemporary 10, New Delhi, September 1969, p. 21)
About The Artist:
ADI DAVIERWALLA (1922 - 1975)