India’s traditional paintings come from a confluence of cultures, when Kings patronized the arts and brought in artisans from far flung lands to commission their private palaces, furnishings and indeed every inch of their living spaces. Doorways, Walls, Floors, Ceilings, every space the eye could behold was embellished with murals and portraits. The medium used was often gold, silver and even powdered gemstones. The Traditional Collection is a composition of gems to adorn our own private spaces with a bit of fabulous, exotic and eternal India.
Water Colours as a medium, requiring great skill and expertise, has evolved as a more affordable than oils and acrylics. Traditionally, hand-made brushes were used with vegetable dyes. These have now been replaced by easily available commercially-sold brushes and paint with a breezy, effervescent, mirage-like effect where the subjects are reveled as if in a dream or painted in such intricate details as in a photograph. A great source of joy and potential investment.
Oil has been the one constant medium that painters has preferred for creating timeless portraits, large landscapes and paintings that use strong and a variety of brush-strokes and the palette knife for textures and depth. Contemporary artists has continued the saga of painting in the preferred medium of the Grand Masters and a few fine samples are there to be enjoyed below.
Had the European and Indian Grand Masters known about Acrylic paints a few hundred years ago, they would have perhaps preferred this as a medium to Oil paint. Its ease of use in mixing and its quick-drying feature, makes it suitable for the fast-paced world and times we live in where even hobbies need to work to the general scarcity of Time. Indian artists are using acrylic as a medium on several bases although canvas remains the clear favourite.