Satish Gujral


Pramod KG


IGNCA, New Delhi

A Brush with Life – Satish Gujral | 2016

Marking Satish Gujral’s 90th birthday, the exhibition paid homage to one of India’s most celebrated artists and provided a rare opportunity for a closer look at the breadth of Gujral’s work as well as a deeper understanding of the man behind the work and diversity of his artistic career.

This month-long exhibition drew from the key artistic moments of Gujral’s life and was a tribute to the zeitgeist of modernism as seen and portrayed by him. Over 70 original works of art were juxtaposed with rare archival photographs of the remarkable people from the 20th century who touched his life and vintage images of works that have long left public memory.

The versatile talent and vast oeuvre of Satish Gujral mirrors the trials and tribulations of a fledgling nation. Gujral began his career in 1947 with dramatic paintings named the ‘partition series’ that captured and symbolized the trauma of the subcontinent’s partition resulting in the creation of India and Pakistan.