Saffronart exhibits paintings from Jagdish Swaminathan’s Oeuvre in New Delhi
The Symbolism of Swaminathan: A Journey Through the Years features 36 works, ranging from early paintings as well as later works.
Saffronart will host an exhibition of paintings by renowned artist Jagdish Swaminathan in the week leading up to the India Art Fair. The Symbolism of Swaminathan: A Journey Through the Years features 36 works, ranging from early paintings from the 1960s to his famous ‘Bird, Mountain, Tree’ series, as well as later works. The exhibition will be open to the public from January 23 - 30 at The Oberoi, New Delhi.
Born in Simla in 1928, Swaminathan was a versatile artist, writer, and activist, and is considered one of the stalwarts of Indian art. During his career, he explored colour, geometry, repetition and symbolism, and his firm belief in the relevance and even superiority of folk and tribal art was demonstrated not only in his practice – which was often inspired by such motifs – but also in his tireless efforts to promote these art forms as a museum director. It was his ideas that set Swaminathan apart from his contemporaries, who often borrowed inspiration from the West.
The Symbolism of Swaminathan features works from across the artist’s career. Among the highlights is an early oil on canvas painting from the 1960s, a vivid 1986 painting from the artist’s ‘Bird, Mountain, Tree’ series, as well as two later works from the 1980s, all of which demonstrate the artist’s lifelong commitment to exploring relationships between symbols, geometry, colour and space.
Speaking about the exhibition, Saffronart CEO Dinesh Vazirani said, “Jagdish Swaminathan was an unconventional artist who charted his own path, aided by his determination and fearlessness, yet not much has been written about him. Both as an artist and an arts manager, he was instrumental in drawing attention to the local, folk art traditions of India and giving them an equal platform. We believe that this collection of his work across four decades will appeal to collectors and art enthusiasts travelling to New Delhi for the India Art Fair.”
Date: January 23-30
Time: 11am -7pm, Monday to Saturday, Sunday by appointment
Venue: Saffronart, The Oberoi, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi 110003