(b 1922)




Artist Profile

Born in Mumbai in 1922, Jehangir Sabavala, grandson of Sir Cawasjee, obtained his diploma from the J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1944. Between 1945-47, he went to study at the Heatherley School of Art, London, and from there on to Paris where he was enrolled at the Academic Andre Lhote between 1948-51 and the Academic Julian between 1953-54. In 1957, he did a course from the Academic de la Grande Chaumiere. In 1977, Sabavala was awarded the Padma Shri. Practicing in the modernist mode, he creates wedges of paint which form vast, still landscapes. In his works, the human form which used to appear in a diminutive form, enveloped in solitude, has, over the years, begun to emerge in close-ups. But yet it manages to retain the distance of a remembered past. Sabavala lives in Mumbai and still works an assiduous eight-hour day in complete concentration before his canvas, figuring out the many mysteries that eventually take form on it.