Painter, sculptor, muralist and architect, Gujral has been described as a true 'renaissance artist' whose work marks a lifelong journey of experimentation within a range of media and forms of expression. This metal sculpture from the early seventies relates closely to two published and exhibited works. The first 'Ganesha' from 1975 was exhibited in Contemporary Indian Art, An Exhibition of the Festival India at The Royal Academy of Art, London, 1982; and the other from a private collection in Delhi is published in Satish Gujral, An Artography, New Delhi 2006.
'Gujral's departure from representational painting started with beautiful collages and murals. Without knowing it himself, he was moving inexorably towards the tantric phenomenology. The meeting point came with is metal and wood constructions. The ancient Hindu yantras, designs that were made as aids to meditations, found their apotheosis in Satish Gujral's latest work... The Indian artist inherits a whole system of thought which basically is concerned with epistemology, the science of knowledge, which he then tries hard to translate into his own visual medium. Satish Gujral has totally succeeded. The fusion of tantric thought into visuals of 20th-century industrial society is nearly complete in Gujral's case...' ('Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Span, July 1975', Satish Gujral, An Artography, New Delhi, 2006, p. 77).
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