Renowned art patrons, Zoe and Harrison Levy were founding members of the Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) in Phoenix. Because of their love for Mexican art, in 1963, they set up this non-profit organization to make Phoenix a center for Mexican art. At the time there had never been a major Mexican art exhibit in the U.S. FOMA changed that. Soon it was a large and thriving group. FOMA not only publicized Mexican artists but also purchased art by Mexican artists and donated them to the Phoenix Art Museum. By 1994 FOMA had purchased around 300 pieces of Mexican art for the Phoenix Art Museum. The Levy Family collected art across the board.
This current painting is from a very nascent period of Bhavsar’s artistic output and was created whilst he was still studying. These early works are characterized by more defined geometric shapes rendered with bright, stark pigments. Here, the influences of color and geometric form are truly apparent. “You know I was born and color was placed on my palm, it’s traditional. So this tradition of being blessed with color in the palm might have helped me. I came to New York and I looked at Mark Rothko’s work, which was a major inspiration, but I noticed there was a fairly limited palette. They were quite saturated with the density of color. But when I expressed the rangoli, there were thousands of varied densities.” ('Abeed Hossain in conversation with Natvar Bhavsar,' The Metaphysics of Expression: A Conversation with Natvar Bhavsar, March 21 2012, South Asia Journal, http://southasiajournal.net/the-metaphysics-of-expression-a-conversation-with-natvar-bhavsar/)
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