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    Post by baljit Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:10 am



    Creative bent of mind since childhood. This interest developed into hobby in painting when I as a trainee came in to contact with a renowned Japanese Artist – Ms Otha Miyoko in Japane Did a comprehensive course in acrylic n oil paintings from Delhi.I am planning to paint 11000 paintings of flowers in Abstract form for my solo show. My Divine flowers are mix of imaginative strokes as well as photographic material with me. I love to convert my photographs into paintings.
    statement by an art critic
    He paints strongly expressionist abstracts. His works command substantial interest among art lovers and have formed part of many exhibitions. He uses less of brush more of different materials such as spatulas / wooden sticks & masking liquid/ tapes ,push bottles.and a special paper.
    statement by an art critic
    In the floral work of Baljit Chadha, his pathway began with basic flowers, in pen and
    ink due to the BALJIT CHADHA.

    inspiration of classic sumi-e (ink painting) during his sojourn in Japan.
    He understood this as the simple, basic embrace of nature –“to pluck a flower and paint
    it!” Pursuing this spirit further, he declares that “I do not believe in straight lines, rather
    a spontaneous use of colour.” He is more known in artistic circles to date in India for
    his abstract paintings. This series, thus introduces his 11,000 flower oeuvres. Earlier
    he added colour and then fexicol to bind the ink. Currently, he has incorporated the
    following materials into his process: watercolour, acrylic paint, as well as oil and wax
    pastels. This melange enables a broader depiction of the living element of his floral
    subjects, such that these blossoms spring to life off the standard sized Chinese imported
    paper upon which he steadfastly works.

    Chadha incorporates his personal embrace of abstraction within the depiction of
    the ‘divine flower’️. Thereby extending the spatial component and fertilising the
    surrounding air with colour and stroke. His idiosyncratic method, reminiscent of spin/
    action painting, is to squeeze the paint from plastic bottles.A pansy, gladiolas, lilies, asters, hyacinth, to cite but a few, each painting is unique.
    In spirit they are homage to Chadha’️s passion to paint. Just as for the Old Master
    painters of still-lives and floral subjects, each flower imparts his personal connection
    and interpretation. The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Society also penned a tome on
    the significance and meaning of flowers. Chadha earlier had photographed flowers all
    over the world, as part of his journeys and daily life. The kinetic nature of his paintings
    departs from the photographic lens.

    In consideration of the palette and use of materials, Chadha’️s works bear a shimmering
    sensibility akin to that of stained glass, a sort of translucence reflecting his rhythm of life.
    One which he shares with the facets of nature he so consecrates on a daily basis, a true
    immersion in this realm of his natural imagination.

    For Chadha, this lexicon of intimate and universal beauty celebrates the diversity and
    complex, ever startling web of interconnectivity of life. At its core, a true marvelling of
    the adavaita, non-duality of humanity and the natural world which surrounds us, one
    which we must heed to protect and admire.
    Elizabeth Rogers
    February 2011
    Right Insticts It is essential we realize that our response to art depends on a great deal of touch memory and that this information comes to us through our eyes. Added to this is the principle of gravity which gives us a sense of balance and cohesion. We are quick to recognize anything that is top- heavy, lop- sided or in any way unbalanced or incoherent. Finally we are governed by rhythm: the regular rhythm of the human- beats, of breathing, of succeeding days and nights and as indeed of all the other vital rhythms as those of the oscillating atoms and the planets etc. I believe the work of B.S Chadha responds to all that which is rhythmic, vital and structural in the world, and this means that the artist instinctively bears witness to the basic physical principles of root reality. His work may or not be short on technical rigour as in peak moments of art craft, yet his instincts are sounds. And these are the true substance of his spirals, curvilinear forms and other variations, especially those got up in commanding reds and allied hues. An artist of this genre does what in another art form, like the dance, the dancer does. There is sheer joy in describing circles and the figures of whirling eights. As a craftsman of the finger- tips, Chadha appears to be in constant search among the myriad forms, structures, and variations of color in nature that reveal to us the particular aspects and degrees of rhythms and structures to which human sensibility responds. Each artist is a specialist in looking one way or another, and B.S. Chadha has his temperament gifted with special aims, ideals, visions and methods of works, and which must be understood if they are to be respected. It matters not if Chadha is “well known” or not as an ace art marksman. First things first, for his heart, in matters of art, is in the right place. His offering quickens the pace of our blood stream from to time, and which also means the interplay of muscular tensions and relaxations in our body and its sensors. When this happens to happen to our physiology our spirit also comes alive. The choice works of Chadha, do precisely that at a good many moments. So draw your own conclusions! Keshav Malik Art Critic New Delhi I painted an Eden of flowers divine “The sun shone in between, and all the little white flowers sparkled. … I went on painting at the risk and peril of seeing the whole show on the ground at any moment -- it's a white effect with a good deal of yellow in it, and blue and lilac, the sky white and blue.” Letter to Theo van Gogh, c.11 April 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh The intensity, poetics and singularity of joy that Van Gogh brought to the art of painting flowers remains unrivalled in the annals of art history. In terms of adjusted prices Van Gogh remains the highest priced artist for his paintings of flowers. His ‘Irises’️ were priced at more than $100 million (adjusted) and his ‘Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers’️ for more than $ 75 million (adjusted). Before Van Gogh flower painting was a part of Still Life painting tradition. But he changed it all. A man who painted seriously only for two years of his life changed the way we look at flowers and sunflowers specially. Of other artists who loved to paint flowers the name of American Georgia O’️Keeffe comes at the top. Matisse painted flowers largely as part art decorativ style. His flowers carry the flat two dimensionality but are saturated with pure colours as per Fauvist tradition. True to his Pop Art style Andy Warhol painted flowers as silk screen portfolios of flat colour surfaces reminding about the unreality of ‘representation’️. Artist friend Baljit S. Chadha has a lasting honeymoon with flowers in his artistic expression. He paints some times with frugality of a Zen master. I can understand that as he had his early training in painting in Japan where he lived and studied as a teenager and had the benefit of the tutelage of great Japanese masters. But his present series on flowers nonplussed me with wonder and joy. He has in the present works a new dimension and a new personality of flowers that I have not seen before. This is because he has distilled the expression from his inner joy and happiness that is the essence of flowers per se and not from their forms. His flowers have a nearly expressionistic, abstract persona. He uses a watercolour like free flow of colour and tonalities to invest his work with a sensual poetry. His works are acrylic on paper and therefore amenable to idiosyncratic overflows that lends a fresh charm to his oeuvre. Another landmark quality of Baljit’️s new works is that they are rendered in fiery shiny glazes. As we know glazes are traditionally done in oil paint medium. But Baljit has worked them with acrylic colour and without the use of pure impasto. The colours diluted with water float and embrace each other and still have lustrous intensity. Baljit Chadha has created a fresh stylistic edifice and his creative expression jumps from the visible-familiar to spiritually felt flowers in a divine Eden. Viktor Vijay Kumar Director Curator European Artists’️ Association Germany



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