The master of abstract, VS Gaitonde
By Kinjal Trivedi
Do you know what it is like to think out-of-the box and create a path-breaking style?
Well… most of these famous artists featured in the current series have made a mark for themselves and have been just that.
Vasudeo S Gaitonde is known as India’s foremost abstract painter.
Gaitonde was from a very humble background but his thoughts and imagination were expressed through various mediums.
Painting, of course, being one of them.
He completed his art degree from J. J. School of Arts and was invited to join the prestigious Bombay Progressive Artists Group. You had to be really making a mark to join this elitist group of painters.
If you want to witness magic on canvas, you should see his painting ‘Silence’.
When you see his paintings, you literally feel calm and quiet. The use of colours, textures, technique of painting and the thought process is stunning.
He never really considered himself an abstract painter and was averse to be called one. In fact, he asserted that there is no such thing as abstract painting, instead he referred to his work as “non-objective” a kind of personalised hieroglyphics and calligraphic inventions, evoking the surface painted on with the most astounding intuitions, which he realised in his inevitable meeting, in discovering Zen.
His paintings bring out your subconscious emotions out in the open and make you think deeply about them.
Taj Art Gallery in The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Colaba, Mumbai has some beautiful paintings done by him.
It’s such an honour to see his painting in person.
V. S. Gaitonde was the first Indian contemporary painter whose work was sold for ₹9 million.
He has had so many Art Shows in Mumbai and all around the world that it had taken Indian Art on a world scale in the early times.