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Natvar Bhavsar
1971 New York Indian Abstract Expressionist Color Field Painting Natvar Bhavsar

1971

$2,800

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Framed it measures 12.5 x 11.75. actual image is 7.25 x 7.25 The colors are hard to capture. please see all photos to get a sense of the piece. Natvar Bhavsar (born 1934) is an Indian-American artist, based in Soho, New York City for nearly 50 years, noted as an abstract expressionist and color field artist. Bhavsar's paintings appear in more than 800 private and public collections, including the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, the Library of Congress, NYU's Grey Art Gallery, and the Australian National Gallery. In addition, his works have been purchased and displayed by corporations such as the American Express Company, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, and NBC. Bhavsar and his works have been the subject of books, including: Natvar Bhavsar: The Sound of Color, (Robert C. Morgan, 2002) and Natvar Bhavsar: Painting and the Reality of Color, (Irving Sandler, 1999). Bhavsar is a Gujarati. Born 1934 in village Gothava, near Visnagar in Gujarat, India to a wealthy family, he studied at the Seth CN College of Fine Arts in Ahmedabad. He also graduated in English literature from Gujarat University. Bhavsar earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in 1965, and received a Rockefeller grant. Bhavsar attained prominence as an artist in India by age 19, working primarily in the Cubist vein. After moving to New York City, he became influenced by the freedom of abstract painting. In the 1960s and ’70s, in a milieu that included fellow Abstract Expressionists like Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Ray Parker, his style evolved into abstract expressionism and color field painting, and his works often feature a hazy object (absent of direct lines or geometric shapes) in the center of a solid canvas, that projects an astral-like mass of color. Employing some techniques from the Indian tradition of sand painting, Bhavsar paints in an improvisational manner, "soaking the canvas with acrylic-based liquid binders that absorb and hold the fine pigment powder. He applies the base using a sifting technique with a screen, during which layers of fine, concentrated pigment are sprinkled and drizzled over the canvas (or paper), which is laid out on the floor so that the artist can walk around the painting and work on it from all sides." Bhavsar primarily shows his work at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York and the ACP Viviane Ehrli Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland, along with Pundole Art Gallery in Bombay, India. He has been exhibiting his works in one-man shows since 1970. In 2007, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University sponsored an exhibition of about 50 of Bhavsar’s works. It was the first United States university to hold a one-man show of a South Asian artist. Earlier in his career, Bhavsar was a John D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellow (1965 –1966), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (1975 – 1976), and an Instructor of Art at the University of Rhode Island (1967 – 1969). In 1980 and 1983, he participated in Executive Seminars at the Aspen Institute and, more recently, participated as a Cultural Leader at the World Economic Forums in Davos, Switzerland (2000) and New York (2002). Throughout his career, Bhavsar has associated with a number of acclaimed artists, most prominently, Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970) and Barnett Newman (1905 – 1970). Bhasvar has been included in the Asian American Arts Centre's artasiamerica digital archive. In 2011, a documentary on his life and works, The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, a Painter's Journey was made by Sundaram Tagore. He was included in the Delhi Art gallery exhibition, Memory and Identity: Indian Artists Abroad along with artists F. N. Souza, S. H. Raza, Krishna Reddy, S. K. Bakre, Sakti Burman, Avinash Chandra, Mohan Samant, V. Viswanathan, Sohan Qadri, Rajendra Dhawan, Eric Bowen, Ambadas and Zarina Hashmi. Bhavsar married American artist and photographer Janet Brosious Bhavsar in 1978, and they have twin sons. The Bhavsars met in art class in the early 1960s, and she drove him to New York City on his first visit in 1963 to look at Pablo Picasso paintings at the Museum of Modern Art. Museum Collections: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Collection, Bathurst, Australia Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI Bermuda National Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Long Island, NY Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY University of Delaware, Newark, DE Whitney Museum of American Art, NJ

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About Natvar Bhavsar (Artist)

Natvar Bhavsar (b. 1934) is an Indian-born American artist. He is known for his Abstract Expressionist and Color Field paintings. Bhavsar earned is MFA at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in 1965 and received a Rockefeller grant. He also taught art at the University of Rhode Island between 1967 and 1969.


His works are identified by hazy geometric shapes at the center of a solid-colored canvas. Influenced by Indian sandpainting, Bhavsar improvises as he paints. He applies paint by using a sifting technique with a screen and by laying the canvas on the floor so that he can work from all four sides.


Bhavsar’s work is part of many important collections around the globe, including but not limited to: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).


(Biography provided by Marlborough Graphics)


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