“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Sudhir Patwardhan’s occupation as doctor gave him the opportunity to meet strangers, interact with them and observe them in their most vulnerable times. Hence, the portrait he makes is his interpretation of the subject rather than a mere representation of the face.
Sudhir Patwardhan carved a niche for himself in the contemporary Indian art scene through his unusual depiction of city life and people. He did his first solo show at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi in 1979 which was followed by a number of solo and group exhibitions in the major art galleries in India and abroad, including Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi to name a few. Among his numerous international participations some are ‘Aspects of Modern Indian Art’, Oxford, UK (1982); ‘Indian Artists Engaging Tradition’, curated by Susan Bean, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA (2009); ‘Modern Indian Art- The Ethos of Modernity’, Sichuan Museum, Shenzhen Museum, Zhejiang Museum, China (2010) and ‘Modernist Art from India’, curated by Beth Citron, Rubin Museum, New York 2011. Author and curator Ranjit Hoskote has extensively written on his works.
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Artist’s image: Courtesy of The Indian Express