India as a country possesses a rich heritage of ancient and modern art and architecture. For decades both of these have been admired by experts and art lovers equally across the globe. Art and architecture aren’t too different, in fact, I’ve always found one to inspire the other. So before the year ends, I thought of sharing with you my favourite Indian masters, the ones who inspire and leave me in awe with their magic on canvas.
- Vasudeo S. Gaitonde
The Padma Shri award-winning artist was regarded as one of India’s foremost abstract painters. Gaitonde was often known to give away his paintings as gifts for free, paintings that are now valued in millions. Humility combined with sincerity and genuine passion for art make him one of my all time favorite Indian masters.
- Jehangir Sabavala
He was known as a talented artist and a charming gentleman. Having grown in a highly intellectual environment of Parsi aristocracy, he turned out to be one of the best trained and accomplished painters of his generation. He was known to practise modernist style with a deep & classical influence. Sabavala’s attention to detail is what makes his work stand out.
- Manjit Bawa
Majit took inspiration from people, nature and life around him. He was known for his vibrant paintings as well as his love of spirituality, and particularly of Sufi philosophy. Most of his paintings reflect the universal themes of hope, compassion, love and peace. Manjit Bawa’s work mirrored the honesty in his pursuit and that struck with me the most.
- S.H. Raza
Raza was one of India’s most prominent artists and his work deserved all the attention it received. His paintings evolved from fluent watercolors of landscapes and townscapes to a more expressive language, painting landscapes of the mind. His work is a treat to the eyes and mind, inspiring with every brush stroke. I recently visited the newly launched Louvre in Abu Dhabi and as an Indian, as someone who appreciates art, I felt extremely proud to find S.H. Raza’s ‘Bindu’ being featured amongst Picasso, Monet, Mondrian, Gauguin, Kandinsky and Matisse.
- 5. Jogen Chowdhary
Jogen Chowdhary has been considered as an eminent and influential painter of the 21st century. He not only has incomparable paintings credited to his name, but also has written extensively about contemporary art. Chowdhary has also made immense contribution towards inspiring young artists.
All of the above mentioned masters are my favourite artists and the one common virtue they share is honesty. Honesty towards the pursuit of their artform without succumbing to the distractions that fame often brings. Their work often transcends into my approach towards the projects that we work on at JTCPL Designs and they’ve only helped derive better results.
Have you come across artists who have inspired you in any way? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.