Untitled (Krishna) | Mumbai | oil on canvas | 156.8 x 134 cm.
"The eye determines all in Manjit Bawa's painting. The image fills the picture frame as sculpture confronts the viewer with its material reality."
K.B. Goel, critic
Painter Manjit Bawa studied under some of the greatest Modern artists in South Asia before going forth to build an exceptional career of his own. His teachers included Somnath Hore and Abani Sen at the College of Art, Delhi (part of the University of Delhi), where he began studying in 1958. In 1964 he went to London, where he worked as a silkscreen printmaker while studying at the London School of Painting until 1971. A precocious student, he landed solo shows during his London years, including “Terrace,” in London and another at a private gallery in San Sebastian, Spain.
He returned to India in 1972 and found quick acclaim. His work was shown in galleries, museums and competitions at home and internationally from his return until his death. His crisp, brightly-colored, allegorical paintings represented India at Biennales in Tokyo, Ankara, Turkey, and Cuba. He also participated in several significant international group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Singapore, London, Mumbai and Paris. In 1982, his work was featured at the Royal Academy of Arts and at the Hirshhorn Museum, in Washington D.C.
Bawa was born in 1941 in Dhuri, Punjab, India. He lived and worked for most of his life in New Delhi, where he passed away in December, 2008. Posthumously, his work has remained popular, having been featured in exhibitions at Aicon Gallery in London, Bodhi Art in Mumbai, and at the National Gallery of Modern Art, in New Delhi.