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  • Jan


    Modern Artwork

    The term “modern” for artwork in India can broadly be categorized in the period post 1857. The gallery of modern art in New Delhi hosts some beautiful collections of this era. Indian modern artwork is synonymous with the Bengal School of Painting which was given much impetus by the elite British officials. When we speak of modern artwork, it is the certain sense of liberation from formation and discovery which is mainly propounded; there is a universal recognition of the free style and attitude which has aided in situating the illustrations of the artist in a worldwide standpoint, in contrast to being centered only on the provincial. There is a definite escalation of skill which over time has burgeoned and turned out to be superlative; the artist currently has surfaced as a conspicuous personality. There is one breed of individuals which regard modern artwork as forbidden and insist on sticking to the traditional forms of expression. Artists over the centuries have been evolving and will continue to do so in the future too. Raja Ravi Varma was one such progressive youth of his times who literally initiated India into the world of modern artworks. Abanindranath Tagore too is another face of the modern artist who learned many revival methods of fine art at his throne of learning. In all honesty, real modern artwork commenced to be created only post India’s independence as freedom brought with it, immense opportunities. The artist then was not willing to stick to the age old norms and was keen to be accepted globally. With the world opening up for India, the artists managed to travel to various parts of the world and some even enrolled at the top art schools of Europe. The learning here was immense and breaking out of the rigmarole, a sheer pleasure. Experimenting with new mediums and in novel styles was an exciting step forward in the world of fine art. Art collections which are modern, contemporary or abstract can be found in online galleries of modern art. Earlier on, the art lovers spent luxurious days at the physical gallery of modern art, which took up both time and energy. That’s not the case anymore. People are leading hectic and stressful lives, but modern artwork continues to be their love and passion; online gallery of modern art helps them to savor the many art pieces that appeal to them. Also, here it is possible to come across affordable artwork due to immense competition between the many artists. This platform is fantastic for the artists to display their work and also get critical acclaim from their seniors, which helps to improve their skills. The authentic gallery of modern art hosts only original works and there is no room here for duplication. They ensure that they carefully sift the works sent by diverse artists and keep the quality of the picture in mind. Affordable art collection which adds color to your vacant walls brings about a sense of warmth, taste and style to your abode. Collecting modern artwork is a brilliant form of investing your money as their worth is on a steady hike. Online modern art galleries work as perfect spots for buying and selling art; it’s not only a stage for the artists but the collectors too can make hordes of money by displaying what they own, at such portals.

  • Mar


    Why Art? by Bharti Sharma

    “From joy springs all creation, with joy they are sustained Towards joy they proceed, To joy they return”


    Art embodies this joy...this bliss which has been described as the perennial source of all creations in Mundaka Upanishad. This bliss is beyond the sensuous and the intellectual. It is a joy not confined to the frontiers of the creator but flows to all those who behold it, imparting both with the sublime level of consciousness. Art elevates the space around it, lending it a character that is best defined as ‘Cathartic’. A painting on your wall ceases to be a canvas framed in wood, but becomes a window to let in light, life and freshness. Our lives today are steeped in the humdrum of tedium. All too often we find ourselves combating darkness. Darkness of despair, disappointment, loss, suffering, inaction, betrayal etc. Art comes to our rescue here. It does not dispense the darkness but helps one to use it profitably. Art augments the resolve to face darkness and go beyond it. So when you come back home to a work of art on your walls, you come to possess the world more imaginatively, more enduringly.


    Art is as much an anchor in times of chaos as it is in the moments of celebration. It restores to us a sense of wonder in an otherwise palpable world. Today the domains of art and space are no more exclusive. They are in a constant state of flux- melting and diffusing together. Spaces are embracing art and art is opening up to spaces. It is only thus a natural instinct to engage oneself in the making of this amalgamation. A picture, they say is worth a thousand words. A work of art then, I say, is worth a million songs. . .


  • Dec


    Landscape Artwork

    The artists creating landscape artwork are typically romantic and idealistic in their being. Nature extends an extraordinary appeal for them and the mountains, seas, forests, trees, clouds, streams, valleys, the moon and the sun are employed by them to speak their language of love. The landscape artists seem tender and thoughtful; they have this subtle capability of capturing various moods of nature and depicting it in diverse forms. Weather plays a key role in the composition of landscape artwork. The word “landscape” is consequential from the Dutch word “landschap” which literally means a piece of farm land. This word took shape in the English language about the 17th century. Landscape artists the world over have earned a place of reverence and pride due to their fabulous creations. Actually, landscape artwork goes back many centuries and in India it can be traced to the Bhimbetka caves. It is true that all artists are inspired by some source, for them to paint what they do. Nature is all around you and from times immemorial; the artists have given vent to their feeling via various themes and subjects. landscape paintings have an ethereal and spiritual feel about them and the landscape artists express with nature in its assortment of dispositions, expressions and nostalgia. The vast topography of India has lead the landscape artist to make canvases of deserts, oceans, the mighty Himalayas, the river valley plains etc. These are categorized as seascapes, cityscapes, river sceneries etc. and the medium deployed is oil, pastels or watercolors. The artists, when making landscape artwork give immense impetus to light as it impacts the shadows, colors and contrasts of the picture. The goal of the landscape artists is to create paintings which would bring joy in the life of the viewers. Having attractive landscape adorn your home factually brings nature within your four walls. The idea of the artist is to share what he makes with the world at large as where is the point in creating if your expression is not witnessed. It is online art galleries which work like magic at this time and the landscape artists from any part of the world can showcase their work here. In earlier times, it was impossible for some top of the line upcoming artists’ to get any attention. The well renowned art galleries could only stock a certain amount but with the online art galleries gaining so much popularity, all artists worth their work are getting noticed. The landscape artwork collectors too are having a great time browsing their hearts away and sitting in New-York, you can come across some very charming pieces belonging to artists in India. The well established online art galleries omit the cost of shipping and make sure that the piece reaches you in a perfect condition, at your doorstep. Abstract landscape artwork makes for fabulous presents on birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. The vibrancy in their colors makes the heavens and earth appear as one; the landscape artist inspires for a panorama to be altered as a rhythmical mystical experience instead of merely depicting an issue. It is most definitely the romantics who paved way for the abstract landscape artwork to flourish, as over the years this has become the favorite of many art lovers. With the passage of time, new styles have originated and like other forms of art, landscape artwork too is constantly evolving.


  • Jan


    How 2 confront cheats?

    The Art world is a very very small world. Ever since the site "IndianArtCollectors" was launched in 2005, I have personally made a lot of good acquaintances, gained clients, discussed art with few, and also lost money with bad transactions. I fail to understand on 'how the CHEATS operate the same way all the time and get away with cheating?' Let me cite few examples: * I had discussed with one of my very old client a specific amount & specific time limit, but after getting repeated reasons for the delay the client managed to deposit 30% LESS to the promised amount and I was shocked when he started arguing that this was our specified amount. * The other day I met a fellow artist who confided that he had sold works of art to a buyer on this forum and had agreed for xxx amount and after the artwork was delivered, the amount deposited was found to be less than the agreed amount. * Also there were several instances where the buyer pressurizes the seller to part with the painting before FULL payment is made. So let me take this opportunity to the art collectors who are new on this forum to take necessary precautions before they proceed to make a deal and be happy with the transactions. 1) Newer believe your own left hand to right hand! 2) Do not be misled by past transactions - this may be a trick for a bigger kill by offering to buy lesser priced artworks/paying promptly and then cheating with bigger artworks by bigger named artists! 3) Before jumping to transact with a buyer, do consult fellow collectors on this forum to know the buyers credibility - it will save you considerable anguish/money/time/effort! 4) and last but not the least when part payment is accepted, do not send the painting and the authentication together - withhold the authentication so that after full realization of funds the authentication can be sent to the buyer - since they do not honor their words! 5) Insist on payment by DD than with cheques for various reasons! Cheers and happy collection! Umesh U V Art Consultant

  • Jan


    How to preserve water colour paintings on canvas?

    Dear Friends: Can somebody give me tips on preserving my water colour paintings done on canvas? right now I have 4 of them but all in rolled form with butter paper. I am keen to maybe frame the paintings, if I do the same, can someone guide me as to what kind of frame would be ideal? second, should I frame it with a glass in fornt, what kind of material should be used to hold the painting from the back? These are very amatuer questions maybe, but I am keen to know the best way to preserve some nice paintings, done by some very good original, talented artists. Regards, Ibrahim Casubhoy

  • Jan


    Thanx & More

    I posted a query on preserving oil paintings. I really am grateful to the respondent for the many tips. Thanx. Moving on....tribal art is something fascinating, but it seems that there are not many takers for this. I wonder why this is so and what can be done about it. Then there is another category of artists who though tribals have been trained in contemporary art schools. Somehow, they sink into oblivion even though their works are really great. Can we as a community of art lovers do something about this?We have to think this through. Finally, can anyone tell me the whereabouts and contact details of Dasa Murmu, a Santal artist (located somewhere in Koraput District in Orissa)? I have collected some of his works since I was fascinated by his treatment of the human form and the realism....Yet very few people know about him. I would be obliged for any information. Its really great that IAC has started this blog!

  • Jan


    Online art gallery

    Do check out this site, Good stuff!

  • Jan


    B C Sanyal painting.

    I have a painting of BC SANYAL, a famous painter, but unfortunately no more. How can i sell his painting, i am not sure how much its worth. Can someone help?

  • Jan


    Are concentric circles worth so much?

    ok , you might consider it blasphemous..but i cannot understand how a canvas with concentric circles (probably made with the help of a geometric instrument) be sold for crores ?? i understand that art is subjective and what might work for you might not for me... but if the art gurus have geomeric designs on my money i have the right (angle) to protest. call me a sqaure but i prefer the free hand feints of any unknown over the 'ruler' of indian art.  me thinks people buy the circles only because they can pawn it off to some bigger art lover (hahaha)  after some years. circular logic ?   ok so you repeat - it is subjective and you raise your hand to your heart and hereby do solemnly affirm that you really like the circles - i still cannot fathom the logic of crores !  especially in the context that the artist is super talented and his old stuff is fantastic , unique and put together without my camlin pencil box. i guess i have answered my own question - 'the name' is everything and the status is worth throwing  aesthetics out of the window (rectangular). is the nouveau lucre responsible or am i just an artistic philistine.  all cheer indian concentric art !

  • Jan


    who? us? rude?

    Well, I've been a long time member of this site.. the question that never seizes to amaze me is that a painting that I am "not willing to part with", gets some 20 queries on the price.. I am fine with that frankly.. it gives me a great kick that someone wants to buy a painting that I am not even "willing to part with".. but the language amuses me - a standard query is "whats the price", the other one being "what are you selling it for".. Now I have never put up my painting for sale.. So I expect any person to be atleast polite about it if (s)he wants to ask for a price..  Initially I thought that these guys were really interested in my paintings.. so I will say NFS.. sometimes just to test the guy (pardon my sexism), I will quote a price.. and guess what, no one ever replies back to me.. If I don't reply in a days' time, I will be sent some (im) polite mails about the time I take to reply.. the same person will never reply back once I've quoted a price.. Then I did an Archimedes, "Eureka", all the person wanted was to mark to market his/her own painting.. My doubt was why isn't the person asking me about the market price of a painting.. as in what do I think he can sell his/her painting for.. Maybe I don't , but its better to ask me directly.. Because I do surf a lot and have a decent-ish idea of the prices of decent artists.. the next category is the sellers.. I go and ask a price to someone.. now there are 2 kind of species of sellers . sry sellers.. one is someone who wants 50% higher than the market.. because they are not really serious about selling it.. they just wanna have fun.. the other species is the gallery owners, who want to sell it with their 25% (or is it higher) margin.. but then I say.. why should I be buying it from a gallery if I am on this site.. But all in all its good fun.. All the best guys...

  • Jan


    Perspective of Pratima Sheth

    The basic meaning of the word by itself suggests a 3-dimensional view, but what I look for in my paintings through my landscapes I try to project not only the basic 3-dimentional perspective, but also perspective in thinking, perspective in feeling, with the help of different colour studies and different methods of application in relation to the composition of the landscape. I wish to capture the essence of a particular mood which I have experienced.

     Experimenting with different styles and methods of application is in itself an expansion of the perspective of mind. Painting is the language of an artist. Just as different words have different meanings; different techniques express different perspectives. I would like the viewer to explore this perspective of feeling and the mood created in each painting. I start off from abstract blobs of colour, slowly developing a semi-realistic composition – the colour abstraction being either in the form of a small sketch or at times applied directly on the canvas. I work on it until some of my ideas actually appear on the surface. Style and expression make their appearance through this process, which is sometimes so quick that I finish a work within 3-4 hours. Mood is important – if I get out of this reverie before completing the work, then I know that the painting is lost forever. Every artist has his/her own creative spirit – it is this which compels me to look within in order to paint or compose my own inner vision of life, or what I think is or ought to be happening around the world. 


    You can view works by Pratima Sheth on

  • Jan


    is freedom overrated

    i believe in freedom of expression. does this  mean we have to be offensive to the layman's sensitivities. thousands live in abject poverty and millions live in pretty squalid conditions. their concern - next meal, family's basic health, daughter's marriage. their entertainment - hindi cinema/music which beams them to fantasia. their hope - god will save them.... do they have a right to get offended by a canvas of the naked creator . i think so . ( of course u do it for political mileage - it sucks completely. ) chasing him out to another country - overdone ..... but is freedom of expression overrated ? (pardon me but i exclude the mumbai moral police from the ambit of being even considered in the context).

  • Jan


    Dictionary of Indian Art & Artist

            A Tribute to Indian Art & Artists                                            by Pratima Sheth   I have observed, that, normally, people are embarrassed to show love for India, especially in the field of Art. I have therefore prepared a Dictionary with the whole idea of giving meanings and inter-related words with the work of art. That was my aim and that is how I wanted the book to be. It was in 1990, that, I got inspiration to write a book. A book which will give information on Indian Contemporary Art & Artists. I have covered not a  few artists but many more Artists in the form of the major information received and known of seniors and very seniors, words, meanings and works of art, with history and what India has and always had even in pre-historic period. The only way to prepare such book was to prepare it in a Dictionary form. ‘Courage was required to start such work’, said Late C. R. Srinivasan who was my mentor – former secretary to the then Prime Minister of India, Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. He also said “You will meet people who will be helpful as also those who will discourage you, who will be hesitant to when they first meet you or answering your questions. You will have to be prepared to meet all these types of people. Only Courage will help”. This Dictionary is the first of its kind in India, which talks about words, meanings and works of art connected to our traditional style and used in the modern period. It covers information of 650 Artists, Institutions & Galleries. Also, it highlights of Indian Art abroad, and facilitates Art collectors / New Art collectors, students etc. It took me 7 years of  research work on various aspects. The reason to prepare this book was that being an art student, we were always taught western art with very little information, practically to work, on Indian art. There is no comprehensive compendium, which we can refer to regarding Indian art . My experience of traveling abroad since, 1979 and seeing only Indian miniatures being talked about as sole subject, and nothing more, not recognizing that, India has progressed in contemporary Indian art form as much as Europe and America though a decade or two later and now developing much faster. Sometimes Indian subjects specially Miniatures, have inspired the foreign artists, to work with Modern Art. This inspiration gave me the idea of preparing this book giving a lot of Indian information either influenced by western art, Japanese Art or Indian traditions. It took me 7 years in research and 2 years to correct and adding the history of our contemporary artists progressing in the art, style and working with their own intuitions, from time to time. The words were added as they gave meanings and not only definitions used by the artists in the work of art. These words talk of the technique, style, tradition, culture etc. which is used in the art of today. The techniques which are not understood are highlighted in the Dictionary. Artists and Art lovers who are not able to find the meaning of words of the style, technique and subject of the works will find this Dictionary very useful for their reference and record. This is not only for college students but more so as a reference dictionary about India as we don’t have any book as such. How artists have worked with their intuition and not just because they have to work.. Though British rule did not allow freedom for Indian art to progress, it was the artists right from craftmen, the earlier groups who were known as court painters, landscapes painter, portrait painters, wall muralists, graphic printers, later Raja Ravi Varma from South and Tagore family artists from North, and the seniors whose names are still not known who went to teach art in Indian art style. Many artists picked up western style technique with Indian subjects and as it progressed, it went on with the intuition of the artist’s ideas and feeling. I also see that a lot of styles which is said to be western, were really early Indian styles. The only problem we went through was language, because of the different states, but I appreciate their individual style, technique medium that exist even today. I still feel if we could translate the very earlier notes on art and history into English, which is the universal language, we will be able to stand ahead with our collection of information, with its style, technique, history, the different art schools that progress in its own way. In conclusion, I would like to say that today, the whole world is recognizing and appreciating Indian Art and Artists. Yet many artists still remain obscure. Through this book, the world of Indian Art and Artists  are illuminated for the world at large to appreciate. This is my earnest desire.  Pratima Sheth

  • Jan


    An ethnic stroke

    India, the oldest civilization in the world, enjoys an art culture that dates back to the Indus Valley civilization. According to Pratima Sheth, artist and author of Dictionary of Indian Art and Artists, Indian contemporary art is a form of painting that had no details, which was natural in its form, one that used tempera style of technique and was radically in contrast to its western counterpart.Tempera technique of painting was mainly used for miniature paintings and cave paintings, for e.g., Ajanta and Ellora paintings. Artists who worked on this technique were such renowned painters as Tagore and Ganesh Pyre. Contemporary art pertained to the present time where art is referred to the art scene, graphic art, painters and sculptors of the past decade. This ar form went through cultural conflict which India experienced through the 250 years of British rule and influence in all aspects of political and social life, making a distinctive dividing line between traditional Indian art and sculpture. The period of Company painting and introduction of the western Isms, during which period the artists began experimenting with art, led to the current phase of personal expression.Cultural ethos and traditional thoughts still maintain their important position in Indian contemporary style of art. Interestingly, people from international art circuit always perceived and related Indian art to its miniature painting tradition. And Sheth has always passionately brought the fact home to the westerners to whom she stated that, “Indian civilization was the one that introduced art to the western world which they conveniently labelled as their own”. Most of the contemporary artists from the previous generation were from prestigious institutions like the Bengal school of Art, Shantineketan, Bombay school of Art, Madras School of Art, Calcutta School of Art, and Bansthali Vidyapeeth amongst many forms of contemporary art that finds its base firmly rooted in spiritual values”.An artist is always in constant process of discovery of the origins and the roots of the cosmos because art was never considered a profession but a path towards truth and self-realization. Certain neo-tantric artists of the 20th century practising Tantra have taken the geometric configurations of the Yantra as their basic image and have worked around certain specific diagrams. Yet, others have taken the sexual energy from Tantra, using specific objects with sexual undertones as Leitmotifs in their paintings.In the 60s, the Indian painters who worked on colourful compositions symbolic of Tantra were Ghulam Rasooi Santosh, Biren De, Mahirwan Mamtani, Sayed Haider Raza, Sultan Ali J, Prafulla Mohanti, K. V. Haridasan, Om Prakash Sharma, Sohan Qadri, K. C. S. Paniker, and Shankar Palsikar, all stalwarts in their own right.■ Vijaya Das Panicker

  • Jan


    Badri Narayan Plate

    I brought last year a ceramic plate hand painted by badri as the image of a bird in green,blue and black with the sun in the background. On the reverse it as hand written in blue paint-painted for vitrum studio, by badri narayan, 20th december 1959. It also as bengal potteries ltd 1958, crest  in green and it measures 10 inches in dia. It has some crazing in the glaze on front and back. Have got images if anyone wants to see it. Has anyone got any idea of it's rarity and value?.

  • Jan


    January: Artist of the Month

    The Artist of the month o­n for January 2008 is the ceramist and painter based at the international township of Auroville in Pondicherry - Adil Writer!  Adil's recent paintings may be divided into two series. First, inspired by the text of the philosopher Sri Aurobindo, is Adil's 'Savitri' series, which also carries forward his red chakras into another dimension. Then there are acrylic canvases, where Adil uses images from his pottery or street photography, prints them o­n canvas and paints o­n them. The special crackle he so achieves, is bringing him closer to the fusion of aesthetics with which he is trying to bridge the two media.  Please view Adil's latest body of work (priced very affordably) at always, you can pay securely by credit card or cheque/demand draft. The works will be dispatched to you directly from the Artist's Studios and come with a personally signed Authenticity Certificate from the artist himself. IndianArtCollectors Team

  • Jan


    (Almost) Everyone is wearing a mask

    A very nice post below- "Are concentric circles worth so much?" However I cannot make out who the author is. There seems to be no mention of the author on some of the posts or perhaps I haven't looked carefully. Anyway, I completely share that anonymous gentleman's (or is it a lady?) views. Making concentric circles is no big deal.Just about anyone with some tools can do it.The big deal is -why are so many willing to consider it as 'great art'? Do they really believe it or is it just a pretense, a mask that they wear because everyone else is wearing it too? Bravo sir, for calling a spade a spade! However those who are not fooled by this charade, those who can see and perceive clearly must speak out and speak out forcefully with conviction and reason.For evidently, reason lies with those who refuse to consider a canvas painted in a single color, or left completely blank or the mindless bindus, or heaps of dung, paper smeared with sperms and human shit in cans as 'great' art. -Gurmeet


  • Oct



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  • Dec


    Visual Delight

    With the auction house's concluding its final auctions for the would you rate the year for indian contemporary art and artists. With respect to Master Artists The New Breed for Contemporaries. Kindly throw some views on Aashu Maheshwari

  • Dec


    Welcome to IndianArtCollectors Blog!!

    Dear Collectors, What is a community without a Blog? IndianArtCollectors takes pleasure in introducing the IndianArtCollectors Blog for you to share and exchange your views about art, artists and artworks! If you have been to a great exhibition, tell others. If you have just fallen in love with a new artist, tell them why! If you want to know more about an artist, ask. Say and write anything you wish to discuss with your collector friends on the IAC Blog. We have provided each and everyone of our registered collectors rights to contribute to this Blog. So hey, login and write on! Best Wishes, IndianArtCollectors Team

  • Dec


    How to preserve Oil Paintings?

    In response to a query raised by S regarding what is the best way to preserve oil paintings on canvas. Well here are some tips. 1. Hang and store the painting in a location where it will be out of harm's way. Avoid locations where people touch or lean against the wall, food and beverages may fall, or plants are watered nearby. 2. Try to display the paintings where the relative himidity and temperatuve levels are fairly constant - avoid being near a window, in the direct airflow of an air conditioner or a heater. 3. Daylight is very high in radiation that is damaging to paintings. Watch that there is never any direct sunlight on paintings at any point during the day. Directing lights at the painting can cause damaging hot or warm spots on the paint surface. Light damage cannot be reversed. 4. A soft cloth or a soft brush should be used to remove surface dirt from paintings and frames. Avoid feather dusters as they may cause scratches. Care should be take to not flex the canvas while cleaning, else paint may get dislodged. The back of the painting should be kept clean by brushing or vacuuming. Serious cleaning and varnishing of paintings should be handled by a trained conservator. 5. Should you get fungus or moulds on your canvas, dust off the mould with a soft brush. Place the canvas with its back facing a warm (not direct) sun for a few hours, for the mould to be killed. 6. When transporting an oil painting, hold the painting on both sides. Avoid grasping a painting from the top of the frame, and don't hold it by the hanging wire. Avoid bumping oil paintings on canvas because even the slightest bump can cause future cracking of the paint surface. 7. In the unfortunate event that your painting is damaged in some way, contact a professional conservator in your area, as often repair and restoration is a viable option. For those who are reading this and have further suggestions/ tips or disagree with any of the above, please leave your comments!

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