(b 1949)




Artist Profile

Sudhir Patwardhan considers himself a painter of people. Born in Pune, Maharashtra in 1949, he graduated in Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune in 1972. Patwardhan, a practicing radiologist, runs a clinic in a modest part of Thane in Mumbai. He held his first solo exhibition of paintings in Delhi at the famous theatre personality E.Alkazi's art gallery Art Heritage in 1979. This exhibition was then held in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. Since then he has held more than 15 solo exhibitions in all major galleries, including Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (1979,1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2002), Art Heritage, Delhi (1990), 1994 - Gallery Chemould (1994), Mumbai, Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi (1999), Sakshi Gallery, Banglore and Mumbai (2001, 2002). During the period 1986 to 1989 Sudhir Pathwardhan painted landscapes on the spot in Thane's Pokharan area. He also held five exhibitions of these works in the area, in schools, a factory shed and even by the roadside. The aim was to share his experience with the people living and working in Pokharan. From these small works grew a large painting 'Pokharan' painted in 1992. Patwardhan's urbanism has a stronger moral edge. Railway and bus commuters, construction labour, the by now famous solitary man in an Irani restaurant are his dramatis personae. His narrative has certain sameness, of the anonymous individual, possibly a lumpenised migrant, directly confronted by the challenges of the city. Patwardhan's figures may be mundane but they are dignified by the effort that they invest in the everyday acts of survival.

His major group exhibitions include Mumbai Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (1974, 1975), Mumbai Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 'Place for People' Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Ravindra Bhavan, Delhi (1981), 'Aspects of Modern India Art', Oxford, UK, 'Contemporary Indian Art', Festival of India, London, UK, -'Seven Indian Artists', Worpswede, Hanover, Hamburg, Bayreuth, Braunsweig, Germany (all 1982), Ten Artists, Gallery 7, Mumbai (1984), 'Contemporary Indian Art', Festival of India, New York, USA (1985), 'Coupe de Coeur' Geneva, Switzerland (1987), 'Gadyaparva Exhibition' Gallery Chemould, Mumbai (1990), 'Parallel Perceptions', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (1993), 'Contemporary Indian Painting from the Herwitz Family Collection Part I, auction by Sotheby's, New York, USA (1995, 96), 'Contemporary Indian Painters 96' Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1996), 'Charcoal & Conte' Birla Century Art Gallery, Mumbai (1997), Icons of the Millennium ( Lakeeren Art Gallery ) , Mumbai, 'Extreme Gourmet' Indigo, Lakeeren, Mumbai and Century City, Tate Modern, London, UK (2001) 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.