Atul Dodiya

Picasso and the Indian Moderns’

Friday April 28 – Session 07 @ COAC

Essentially, I will be talking about how Picasso inspired me to move and allowing diverse methods to create a work of art.  Till date he has remained a major source of inspiration for me and my practice.  Picasso also influenced in a big way the modern Masters in India, when Indian art was breaking from the traditional mode of expression in painting and artists like M.F. Husain, F. N. Souza, Tyeb Mehta and other artists of that generation.  I can start my presentation by giving the background of that era in Indian art and continue till the date when I first ever visited abroad, that was Paris and saw large amount of Picasso works Musée Picasso, Paris.  After that stay there was a dramatic shift in my paintings and the courage and risk I started taking that I owe to Picasso.

I will be showing some important images from my own work where Picasso images are incorporated, including works in the collection of the Museu Picasso, Barcelona.

Atul Dodiya

Artist (Painter), Mumbai

Widely considered as one of India’s most significant artists, Trained in both Mumbai and Paris, He has held several solo exhibitions from 1989 to 2017. Became known in the Nineties for hyperrealist paintings depicting middle-class Indian life and for his watercolour series on Mahatma Gandhi. His paintings are populated by diverse traditions in painting, the written words, images from the media and of saints, legends, national history, political events, traumata and autobiographical narratives. His allegorical paintings on canvas or metal roller shutters and watercolours may be aggressive or poetic. Dodiya has had more than 30 solo shows in India and abroad.

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