jeudi 2 août 2007

Farewell exhibition of Gallery Chemould

Jivya Soma Mashe and Richard Long, Thane District, India 2003.

Eminent Warli painter Jivya Soma Mashe and his son Balu are currently exhibited their works in Gallery Chemould, the historical gallery for Indian modern and contemporary art located close of the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. It was Gallery Chemould which put Warli Paintings on the art scene of Bombay. The late Bhaskar Kulkarni discovered this folk art-form and cultivated Jivya Soma Mashe, then an over-seer of grass lands, as a master craftsman. Jivya's first exhibition at the gallery was in 1975. In 1985 Chemould Publications produced the book, The Warlis: Tribal Paintings & Legends which made Jivya's work known internationally. His first exhibition abroad was in Palais de Menton, France in 1976. Subsequently he showed at Pompidou Centre, Paris in 1989. More recently Jivya has had a two person show with Richard Long in Germany & Italia in 2003 and 2004 respectively. The exhibition ends on July 28, 2007.
There is a farewell event which Kekoo, Khorshed and Shireen Gandhy has organised to bid the artists good-bye before the opening of the new gallery at Chemould Prescott Road.