Jasu Rawal

In his works, a random selection of shapes and forms appear in a de-cluttered spatial arrangement, while a distinctive colour in varying tones creates a unifying harmony. Patterns of dots and lines, textures and scripts are all used with dexterity and juxtaposed with an assortment of objects from boats to wine bottles. Contemplative and lyrical, the paintings explore a varied colour spectrum of intense orange-red, yellows, blues, blue-violets, greens, browns and grey. These unusual minimalist compositions resemble floating surrealist worlds, and are rooted in Rawal’s recognition of the painted form as beyond the constraints of reality and gravity. He prefers to leave his paintings untitled, leaving it up to the viewer to experience its mood.



Born in 1939 in Halvad, Gujarat, he completed his MFA from M.S. University, Baroda. A veteran artist since the past 4-5 decades, he has participated in more than 50 shows in India and abroad. He has held solo shows in Le Havre, France, London and Bangalore. He worked at the Weavers Service Centre, Bangalore for more than 20 years. He has won awards including the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academi Award in 1972 and 1980.