Manjit Bawa(1941 - 2008)
"I was inspired to return to drawing after seeing Michelangelo's sketches and drawings at an exhibition in Amsterdam, where I had gone for one of my shows. The idea stuck in my mind. I don't work on demand, but follow my heart and mind, for I feel everything has a time and a place." – Manjit Bawa.
A trendsetter painter by all means, Manjit Bawa was one of the first Indian painters to break free from stereotypical use of “dominant grays & browns”, an essential part of traditional Indian art. Mythological figures and Hindu deities like Lord Krishna became a prominent part of his paintings and he called them to be “Icons” of his country. The use of flute is a recurring element to appear in his paintings. His frequent travels around the country meeting simple people with warmth and vitality also acted as an inspiration many of his works. Bawa was deeply oriented towards Sufi philosophy and was drawn towards spirituality in which he founded a greath deal of wisdom and peace.