New Delhi: Renowned artist Manjit Bawa, who displayed his exceptional artistic talent through motifs of birds, animals and Indian mythology, died in the national capital on Monday after a prolonged illness.
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The 67-year-old painter from Punjab’s Dhuri district was in coma for the past three years shuttling between hospital and his Delhi home after suffering from a stroke.
Bawa, who began his career as a silkscreen printer in London in 1964, breathed his last this Monday morning at his Green Park residence in south Delhi.
His paintings attracted both Indian as well as international buyers with one of his paintings selling recently for $3.60 lakh.
Educated at Delhi’s College of Art and London School of Printing, he started as a figurative painter and attained great heights in the form.
One of the first painters to break out of the dominant greys and browns of the western art and opt for more Indian colours like red and violet, the maestro was influenced by nature, Sufi mysticism and Indian mythology.
“He wanted to paint the sky red. He loved red. He was a brave painter who had the courage to follow his convictions unmindful of the popular trend. We will remember him for his energy,” Ena Puri, author of a biography on Bawa, said.
Lalit Kala Akademi Chairman Ashok Vajpayee remembers him as a man of conviction who helped young artists. “He was a versatile person. We will miss him,” he added.