A book spanning three decades of Sudhir Patwardhan's career. The Complicit Observer by Ranjit Hoskote. Click Here


In any discussion of contemporary Indian art the significant contribution of Sudhir Patwardhan is undeniable. He belongs to the openly eclectic generation of artists born in the 40's whose socio-political commitments seem to have been best realized in their work through figuration.

Kamala Kapoor 1992

Left: Irani Restaurant, '77, Oil on canvas,56 x 35 in

The painted figure is always a bearer of mystery, because it will not put its presence into words. But, wordless as they are, Sudhir Patwardhan's painted figures activate a response in the viewer, extend an invitation to converse. In that invitation lies the hope of communication and community, the hope that we may yet defeat the claustrophobic and isolated self-definitions into which a linear history has trust us.

Ranjit Hoskote 1998

Top Right: Balcony, '99 Acrylic on Canvas,36 x 44 in


Film on the Artist

Sudhir Patwardhan , a practicing radiologist at Thane, near Mumbai,  held his first solo exhibition of paintings at Art Heritage, New Delhi, in 1979. Since then he has held more than 15 solo exhibitions in Mumbai, Thane, New Delhi, Bangalore and Calcutta. He has participated in many group exhibitions throughout India and his work has been selected for major exhibitions of contemporary Indian art , sent abroad, to London, New York, Paris and Geneva, among other cities. His paintings are in many public and private collections including The National of Modern Art , New Delhi; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; Punjab University Museum, Chandigarh; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kochi; Peabody Essex Museum, Mass. USA. and the Herwitz Family Collection, USA.

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