Bindu and Earth

by S.H. Raza
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Medium: Serigraph (Silk Screen on Paper)
Size: 40 x 26 inches
Year: 2008
Provenance: Signed by the artist
Color: Printed in 65 colors
Edition: Edition of 100


For S.H. Raza, the colour black held immense meaning and potential. He believed black is the ‘mother colour’ from which all other hues are born. The upper half of this work has a black bindu and areas around it represent the different fundamental elements of nature, and their balance.

The lower half of the canvas is representative of Raza’s engagement with gestural brushwork, while the primary palette is an expression of the earthiness of his native land. Here, the yellows and greens along with black and white reflect the landscape of Madhya Pradesh, that was Raza’s home for many years, and where he spent most of his childhood. The format of this work is also symbolic of one exploring the depths of the cosmos, yet having a strong foothold in their roots and memories. 

This Limited Edition Serigraph is printed in 65 colors on paper. The serigraph was published in an edition size of 100. This item will be shipped unframed, in a roll. The paper size is 40 x 26 inches, image size is 33 x 17 inches. The print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

  • ABOUT S.H. Raza

    Sayed Haider Raza, or S.H. Raza is one of India’s most celebrated artists. Born on 22 February, 1922 in Madhya Pradesh, Raza was instrumental in creating a distinct modernist identity for Indian art alongside other acclaimed masters such as M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, and Akbar Padamsee, who were all part of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG).

    For his invaluable contribution to Indian art, S.H. Raza has been awarded the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. Raza was also awarded with the highest French civilian honour, the ‘Legion of Honour’, in July 2015.

    S.H. Raza became one of India's priciest modern artists when his seminal work, Saurashtra, was sold for Rs. 16.42 crore ($3.48 million) at a Christie’s auction in June 2010. His works are mainly abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of colour, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy.

    Raza studied painting at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1950 to 1953, and continued living in France for many years with his wife, the French artist Janine Mongillat. After she passed away in 2002, he moved to New Delhi, India, where he continued to paint for several hours a day even when he was in his 90s, until he passed away on 23 July, 2016.

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