The retrospective exhibition showcases various phases of Shanti Dave’s artistic development, including his early figurative works created under the guidance of N.S. Bendre and K.G. Subramanyan at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. Featuring Dave’s experimentation with beeswax and encaustic canvases, as well as his layered watercolours, it reveals his mastery of different mediums.
It also emphasises his significant contributions as a printmaker and muralist. Notably, on display are large paintings from the 1970s, a period that saw the artist’s award-winning creations, recognized with a gold medal at the third International Triennale-India, judged by luminaries such as Octavio Paz and Monroe Wheeler of MOMA.
Being publicly exhibited for the first time are his poignant black-and-white graphic watercolours depicting the Indo-Pak war, a body of work that demonstrates his engagement with political and humanitarian themes.
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