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Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art / Satish Gujral (Indian, 1925-2020) Untitled depth15.5 cm

Lot 26
Satish Gujral
(Indian, 1925-2020)
Untitled depth:15.5 cm
24 May 2022, 13:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

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Satish Gujral (Indian, 1925-2020)

signed in Devanagari and dated '84 lower left
mixed media sculpture (Burnt wood, sea-shell, leather & beads)
104 x 87.5cm (40 15/16 x 34 7/16in).
depth:15.5 cm


Acquired by the vendor's father between the 1960s-1980s when he worked at the Portuguese Embassy in India.

Gujral, also known as the Leonardo Da Vinci of India was born in Jhelum, Punjab in British India and attended the Mayo School of Industrial Art in Lahore from 1939-1944, headed by Rudyard Kipling's father, John Lockwood Kipling. He then obtained his Fine Arts Diploma from the Sir J.J School of Arts in 1947. At Mayo, the curriculum was diverse owing to John Kipling's enthusiasm for various visual mediums, which clearly influenced Gujral as he worked across all mediums; painting, murals, architecture, sculpture and interior design. The present lot, dating from the early 2000s is an amalgamation of the various mediums he worked across.

He exhibited widely during his career. Some notable exhibitions include, the 1960 Group show featuring Satish Gujral, M.F. Husain, Mohan Samant, V.S Gaitonde, Ram Kumar and K.S. Kulkarni, his solo shows in Chicago and Mumbai in 1971-72, Satish Gujral: Blacks Woods at Dhoomimal Gallery in 1980 and Satish Gujral: A retrospective 1948-2006, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in 2006. He was awarded the Order of the Crown from the Belgian Government in 1984, the Da Vinci Award for lifetime achievement in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award in 1999.

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