Enduring Perfection: Paintings by Damodar Lal Gurjar

Enduring Perfection: Paintings by Damodar Lal Gurjar

By James J. White and Lugene B. Bruno. 2001. 44 pp.; 36 col., 2 b&w figs.; 7 1/2 x 10"; 6 oz. Pictorial stiff paper cover. ISBN 0-913196-71-1.


This illustrated catalogue accompanied an exhibition of paintings depicting flowers, fruits, birds and village scenes by Jaipur, India artist Damodar Lal Gurjar. The catalogue includes artist's descriptions of technique, an essay by Dr. M. K. Sharma Sumahendra, biographical data and a portrait of the artist.

Curator of Art James J. White describes Gurjar's technique in his preface to the catalogue: "Gurjar is influenced by the traditional school of painting, but his technique is a blend of the traditional and contemporary. He is skilled in depictin textures in his subjects --- whether petals, onion skins, pine needles, ceramic pots, or feathers. He occasionally makes field trips to observe nature, such as to the coast of Gujarat for species of wild birds. Certainly he is one of India's leading artists of natural-history themes."

Dahlia, tempera, by Damodar Lal Gurjar, 2000, from the cover of the exhibition catalogue.

In his essay, Dr. M. K. Sharma Sumahendra describes the level of detail in Gurjar's work: "Once while viewing his original works close at hand, I was stunned to see the perfect study revealing surat and sirat of the subject painted. Surat means outer likeness, and sirat means inner character of the subject. One can smell the odour of onion while viewing the painting of two onions by Damodar."


Onions, tempera by Damodar Lal Gurjar, 1998.

Gurjar describes the creation of Cannas with Fly, watercolor and tempera, 1996: "My inspiration for the painting was the plant's new soft green leaves which in the early hours impart a sort of glaze to one's eye. The challenges were obtaining the glaze on the fresh and tender leaves and blending different shades of yellow and orange in such a way that was closest to the natural specimen. The fly was added for the contrast of the darker on the lighter object."


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