Continuing his earlier theme on Indian mythology, Sanjay’s new book
talks about illustrates Ganesha beautifully…. check the book cover at the bottom of this page… and he is out promoting discussing the book at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. So if you around SFO, do make it there and hear him out loud:
and if you missed… Sanjay Patel is an illustrator with Pixar and has 2 other books under his sleeves with illustrations on many Indian mythology figures (not all, obviously)… read more about him and his work here: The Art of Sanjay Patel
Promote art – a DEMONart initiative
Taken at Guggenheim Museum
Which is the most iconic sketch on Gandhi? Not the Nehru clan – Mahatma Gandhi. Chances are you either remember the sketch on dandi march or the one we used to see on DD. Am still trying to figure who to be credited for the DD sketch – i somehow (read through propreitary internet search technique) found who drew the dandi sketch. In addition to the “gandhi-walking-towards-dandi” sketch, Nandala Bose (or Basu??) was a teacher, principal at Shantiniketan and a wonderful artist. Along with his disciples, he designed the constitution of India (designed – not drafted). Or rather provided illustrations, calligraphy and border art for the constitution of Republic of India. More details on art on the constitution in later posts. But as for now – some of Nandlal’s art:
Nandlal Bose, Artist, 1882 – 1996
Also Nandalāla Basu
A gifted and lyrical draftsman, Bose was a highly creative and intellectual artist and teacher whose work never remained static. Throughout his long career he explored a variety of styles and diverse mediums that captured his poetic—almost religious—vision of nature.
Nandlal Bose was born in 1882 in Bihar. He studied at the Calcutta Government College of Art under Abanindranath Tagore between 1905-10. He taught at the Indian School of Oriental Art and was principal at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan between 1922-51.
Since 1911, Bose has exhibited in several national and international exhibitions
Long name, but then artists are not defined by the length of their name. Shri Beohar Rammanohar Sinha might not be a widely recognized artist, but his art defintely is. Amongst the most prominent places, his art is visible on the constitution of Republic of India.
Hailing from “Hindustan ka dil” – Madhya Pradesh – Jabalpur to be precise. His family had been the zameendars in jabalpur area. His interests revolved around quit india movement, working with gandhi ji. He also drew the famous line sketch of M.K.Gandhi walking towards dandi…
Have been mesmerised by vintage illustrations for quite some time (Peter Irwin, Frank McIntosh, and old school travel posters), I began to yearn for more. Illustrations I reviewed in past ran around a similar theme: hand drawn illustrations, heavy in their use of colours, subjects which are either events or places or stereotypes.
And then I began thinking, how would the new-age illustrations be. With all the computing power and tools at disposal, how would today’s artists approach a subject? The answer lies in vector images by a fellow desi.
Having worked at Pixar, Sanjay brings new perspective to illustrations on the table. His illustrations are somewhat inspired by Japanese school of animation. Saying his creations are out-of-the-box, gorgeous and stunning would be an understatement. I am sure you have seen his works in the past. He was on board (literally) for many Pixar movies like Ratatouille. His subjects in recent books and exhibitioins, just like his drawings, are unique – Hindu Deities. And definitely not the kind we see on Indian roads.
Do visit his website: www.gheehappy.com (you know like be happy, but with desi ghee)
Read more about Sanjay here
Need I say anymore? The book is a wonderful composition of all
many famous Hindu Gods and Goddess (after all Hindu’s have 36000000 gods). A primer on Hinduism, it’s a good read to start on Hindu mythology.
Hanuman in Lanka
Jai Shree Ram
Ram and Sita
Sita and deer (shurpnakha)
Ram and vanar sena attacking lanka
Another western artist heavily influenced by the east – “far east”. He started with London, but ended up designing adverts for Japan. Later in life he changed his name and shifted to US and painted natives. Choice of colors somewhat reflects that of artists from his time like Frank Mcintosh.
Pieter Irwin Brown (1903 – )
Pieter Irwin Brown, born 1903 in Rotterdam,Holland. Pieter Irwin Brown grew up in Holland. He then travelled widely in Europe and Africa working as an artist. When he moved to London, he worked for Leigh Breton Studio and set up a design business with partner Rickman Ralph. He designed posters for the London Midland & Scottish Railway, Great Western Railway and London County Council Tramways. In the 1930s he travelled to Indonesia,Japan and China, where he produced Japanese style woodblock prints. Designed posters for the Underground Group 1928-1930. He moved to America in 1940 and worked under the name Pieter van Oort. In 1946 he settled in New York.
As i was going through my previous posts on vintage airline and temple posters, I cam across this one artist who has worked extensively on Asian themes. Frank Mcintosh -an american illustrator. He is known for Art Deco style. Presenting some of his work here. Do buy his stuff if you like.
Frank McIntosh is perhaps most well known for the advertising art he produced for the Matson Line‘s cruises to Hawaii, but prior to that he designed many striking and colorful covers for Asia magazine which show the influence of the prevailing Art Deco style. A 1939 luggage sticker and ticket envelope designed for the Matson Line were followed by six menu covers which were widely collected and used for interior design at the time, and continue to be so. McIntosh was born in 1901 in Portland Oregon where he grew up before moving to San Francisco to study art, developing a special interest in stage design. He studied in New York with theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes for a year, but then turned to illustration with a long run of designs for Asia magazine, followed by his work for Matson lines. After the war the work of Eugene Savage was used on the Matson line menus. McIntosh was a collector of Asian art; in the early 1960s he had a gallery in Los Angeles dealing in Oriental paintings and accessories.
Brown, DeSoto. “Beautiful, Romantic Hawaii: How the Fantasy Image Came to Be” in The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, Volume 20 (1994).
Mahoney, Bertha E. et al. Illustrators of Children’s Books 1744-1945. Boston: The Horn Book, 1970.
Most of his work has been featured in Asia Magazine.