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Hari Ambadas Gade

Education 

1950 M.A.(Art), Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur
1949 Diploma (Fine Arts), Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur
1939 Nagpur School of Art(Part Time)
1933-8 B.Sc.Nagpur University 
 
Exhibitions 
2014 Retrospective Exhibition at Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
2012-13 'Radical Terrain: Modernist Art from India', Rubin Museum of Art, New York
2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore
2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Continuum', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai
2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead
 
Selected Exhibitions
1998 The Moderns, Inaugural exhb. National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
1994 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
1958 'Twenty Artist's', New Delhi
1957 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
1949 Salon de Mai, Paris
1949 Stanford University, USA
1948 Inaugural Exhibition., Progressive Artists Group, Mumbai
1948 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
 
Participations
1957,54 Venice Biennale, Italy
1956 Basel
1955-56 'Contemporary Indian Art', travelling exhb. to USSR, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria
1951 Basel
 
Honours and Awards
1956,55 Member of Artists Delegation, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1956 Gold Medal in Annual Exhibiiton, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
1947 Founder Member of Progressive Artists Group
 
Hari Ambadas Gade is considered one of the first abstract expressionist painters of post-independence India. One of the founders of the progressive art movement in India, he believed in an unconventional and dynamic artistic style. Like all the painters of the Progressive Artists Group, Gade revolted against the traditions of academic art, which the British education system had clamped on Indian art education. Born in Amravati on August 15, 1916, he graduated in science from the University of Nagpur, Maharashtra in 1938. He says, "When I was a child I was fond of drawing. But I also had a compelling interest in science and mathematics. I therefore went on to qualify for the master`s degree in Sceince." Since he couldn`t find a job, Gade joined a school as a teacher. It was in Jabalpur, where he went for his Bachelor of Educator examinations, that the artist began painting landscapes. He also read books like `How To Paint Water Colors` and `Vision Design` by Roger Fry. In 1946, Gade submitted two of his paintings at a national exhibition in Nagpur. One of them, an old man with a white flowing beard, won a prize, and the artist joined the Nagpur School of Art as a student and from where he took a Diploma in Art in 1949, and later, a Masters Degree (1950). It was around this time that Gade came in touch with artist S H Raza, whose watercolors echoed the style of his mentor Walter Langhammer, then the art critic at `The Times of India`. Raza gave him a lot of advice on painting landscapes. Gade began by painting watercolors, but he later switched to oils on canvas. He used both the palette knife and brush in his paintings. Art critic Prakash Bhise, in his essay on the Progressive Art Movement says of Gade, "His art stands on a firm intellectual platform. In his works, color is of importance, form is only incidental." The artist, who began by painting beautiful landscapes, was strongly affected by the ugly slums that had sprung up across Mumbai in the 1950s. In his paintings, this abject poverty and dirty slums crop up once in a while. Yet, he did not abandon his first love, landscapes, and would travel every few months. From the lush greenery of Kerala, to the stark landscape of Udaipur to the dense forests, his landscapes are highly prized. In the recent past, he did a series on rains and monsoon greens. Gade first exhibited in Mumbai in 1947, and then in 1948, at the annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society. In 1949, he was invited to exhibit at the Salon-de-Mai in Paris, and in the same year, he also showed his works at Stanford University. In 1954, Gade`s paintings were exhibited at the Venice Biennale. H A Gade passed away in the year 2001.

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Painting
    • Artwork No.
    • VAC2170
    • Style
    • Landscape
    • Surface
    • paper
    • Medium
    • Watercolor
    • Size
    • 56 cms X 76 cms
    • 22 Inches X 30 Inches
    • Price
    • On Request

Artist Statement

Hari Ambadas Gade is considered one of the first abstract expressionist painters of post-independence India. One of the founders of the progressive art movement in India, he believed in an unconventional and dynamic artistic style. Like all the painters of the Progressive Artists Group, Gade revolted against the traditions of academic art, which the British education system had clamped on Indian art education. Born in Amravati on August 15, 1916, he graduated in science from the University of Nagpur, Maharashtra in 1938. He says, "When I was a child I was fond of drawing. But I also had a compelling interest in science and mathematics. I therefore went on to qualify for the master`s degree in Sceince." Since he couldn`t find a job, Gade joined a school as a teacher. It was in Jabalpur, where he went for his Bachelor of Educator examinations, that the artist began painting landscapes. He also read books like `How To Paint Water Colors` and `Vision Design` by Roger Fry. In 1946,...
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About : Hari Ambadas Gade

Education  1950 M.A.(Art), Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur 1949 Diploma (Fine Arts), Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur 1939 Nagpur School of Art(Part Time) 1933-8 B.Sc.Nagpur University    Exhibitions  2014 Retrospective Exhibition at Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi 2012-13 'Radical Terrain: Modernist Art from India', Rubin Museum of Art, New York 2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi 2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore 2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Continuum', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai 2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emily...
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