INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
- Born in 1925 in Jhelum Punjab, British India
- Died in 2020 in New Delhi, India
UNDERSTANIDING THE ARTIST
Gujral is a multidisciplinary artist who has been internationally acclaimed for his creativity and talents that cover a wide realm of art forms including painting, graphics, sculpture, murals, architecture and interior designing.
To pursue painting, Satish Gujral joined the Progressive Artists Group but could not get along with many of their concepts and techniques like European Expressionism and Cubism. He created artworks with modern techniques that were much inspired from Indian culture and tradition and Indian architecture.
Pensive and elemental, his aesthetic world rises from a complex matrix that encompasses both the ancient and the modern. His paintings and graphics were dominated by the social content and the anguish of the nation who lost their homes and families during the partition of the country.
Satish alters his style and mediums every few years which ultimately leads to a change in the very language of expression. He reckons that whatever the medium, art is an expression of the adventures and discoveries of the human organism reacting to the environment and that it is the continuous readjustment of style to the process of changing facts.
Creating sculptures of deities, tribal forms, animals and humans, geometrical projections and mechanical devices in different mediums such as metal, ceramics and bronze, he diversified his sculptural materials with machined industrial objects in steel, copper, glass. He also tried out junk sculptures, introducing light and sound in them.
The themes of his work have been taken from myths, folklore and history, in addition to the lives of people around him. Images from mythology have been used and assembled in current realities. He has let his ideas and feelings convert itself into a form. This ultimately has made explore with different styles and mediums.
SatishGujral, Untitled, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 x 12 inn
Satish Gujral,Untitled, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 12 x 12 in
Satish Gujral, Untitled, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 41.5 x 41.5 in
Satish Gujral, Untitled, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 x 12 in
Satish Gujral, Untitled, 2011,mixed media on canvas,12 x 12 in
Satish Gujral, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 59 x 59 in
Satish Gujral, Untitled, 2003, mixed media on canvas, 34 x 45 in
Satish Gujral, Untitled, 2007, acrylic and gold on canvas, 36 x 24 in
Satish Gujral, Raising of Lazarus, 1992, burnt wood, leather, cowrie shell and ceramic bead, 55 x 39.5 x 8 in
Satish Gujral, Untitled, 1998, mixed media on canvas, 44 x 33 in