An ode to the master

Sep 08, 2013, 09:48 IST | Kaveri Waghela

Preserving the Legacy, a retrospective exhibition on artist Gopal Subedar features selected paintings of the veteran compiled by his daughter and wife at the Jehangir Art Gallery from September 3-9

Artist Gopal Subedar was a known name in the art circuit. His work spoke for himself, he devised a pictorial vocabulary through the use of colours in all his artworks. Following his sudden death last year, his wife, Rita and daughter Sneha have put together a retrospective exhibition that includes the his works from the past 40 years. “It was his dream to have a exhibition of all his paintings over the years, that were either unfinished or just an idea. This is our tribute to him,” says Sneha .

Paintings titled Gossip

The exhibition, which took over a year to compile, features 60 of his paintings. The works, which range from mythological figures to portraits, depict colourful and vibrant colours. Explains Sneha, “During the span of his artistic career, my father worked on several themes including mythology, rural, folk, etc. His rural subjects are a visual treat to watch since he has captured day-to-day occurrences and turned them into pieces of art. He always experimented with various subjects, mediums, and techniques.”

Shringar from Gopal Subedar’s retrospective exhibition, Preserving the legacy

His series of paintings especially Temptation and Faces explore the different emotions on the human faces. Sneha says, “His intricate use of vibrant colours on canvas, glass and acrylic sheets make common people highly appealing and brings a smile to the viewers face.”

The ongoing exhibition has got a good response from the public and the mother-daughter duo are excited to exhibit at other places. “We plan to take the exhibition to Bangalore and Hyderabad. We are also looking for organisers to exhibit the works abroad,” Sneha concludes.

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