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Manjit Bawa (1941-2008 Indian)

Born in Punjab, Bawa studied at the College of Art, New Delhi, and then at the London School of Printing. During his stay abroad, from 1967 to 1971, he held his first one-man exhibitions in London and Spain. His last solo shows include those at the Nehru Centre and Air Gallery, London, organized by Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai, and Gallery Maya, London, in 2005.

Manjit Bawa's canvases have a distinguishable in their color palette - the ochre of sunflowers, the green of the paddy fields, the red of the sun, the blue of the mountain sky. He was one of the first painters to break out of the dominant grey’s and browns and opted for more traditional Indian colors like pinks, reds and violet.

Exhibitions that have include his work posthumously include “Kalpana: Figurative Art in India” presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London; “Tracing Time” at Bodhi Art, Mumbai; and “In Memorium” at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, all in 2009. Bawa lived and worked in New Delhi, till he passed away in 2008.