Triumph of Vision
Vadehra Art Gallery is pleased to present the works of legendary artist Tyeb Mehta in a solo exhibition titled Triumph of Vision on display from 15th January until 18th February 2011 at D-40 Defence Colony, New Delhi. Curated by Yashodhara Dalmia, the exhibition includes paintings on canvas and drawings on paper ranging from the year 1955 to 2007.
Indian Modernist Tyeb Mehta (1925 - 2009) is an artist associated with a long legacy of exemplary work and was a member of the prestigious Progressive Artists’ Group formed in 1947. A graduate from the J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, it was here that he came into contact with the erudite teacher and artist Palsikar who awakened his mind to artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. He became close associates with the Group which included Akbar Padamsee, Krishen Khanna, V.S. Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, M.F. Husain, and S.H. Raza. His body of work, ranging from sculpture to monumental pieces, is a derivation of his experiences and perspectives drawn from his travels and civil realities.
Throughout Mehta’s time as an artist his concern had been with mythologizing the tormented existence of individuals which had lent grace and an utter gravity to his forms. His painterly frame occasionally assumes the magnitude of the monumental where image, tone and space coalesce towards an ascending truth. The incessant recreations of life and death impulses as inseparable movements relay a bewildering multiplicity of forms in the artists’ expansive oeuvre.
His forms have gone through a steady evolution over the years. In his formative years, the late forties and fifties, Mehta’s work was typified by a direct rendering of experience on the surface. He was influenced by writers like Camus, Sartre and Woolf and became increasingly allied to international Modernism and the School of Paris artists like Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. As someone closely linked to this group, Mehta manifested his inner angst and the turbulence around him with his chosen painterly vocabulary. His works document his evolution as an artist where in a lifetime’s work, viewed as a process, it could be said that Tyeb has achieved, on one hand an articulation of pain and struggle, a saga of survival, and at the same time a painterly language which parallels reality with an equal resilience. The works in this exhibition, which span the last decades of his life, exemplify these transformative tendencies.