Jehangir Sabavala (b.1922)
Born in 1922 in Mumbai, Jehangir Sabavala studied at the best-known art colleges
of the world. After receiving his first fine arts diploma from the Sir J.J. School of Art,
Mumbai, in 1944, Sabavala went to Europe and studied at the Heatherley School of
Art, London, from 1945 to 1947, and in Paris at the Academie Andre Lhote from
1948 to 1951, the Academie Julian from 1953 to 1954, and the Academic de la
Grande Chaumiere in 1957.
In the artist’s early works, the human form emerged as only a minuscule element
on the canvas, shrouded in silence and encapsulating the notion of solitude
perfectly. However, his figures have begun to reveal more and more of themselves,
even though they are still distanced from the viewer.
Sabavala’s career has spanned more than sixty years since his first solo exhibition.
He has held 27 one man shows across India and abroad. These include the ’Art
Now in India’ Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, the exhibition of the Arts Council
of Great Britain, the 7th Triennale, India, the Masters of India Art Show, Mumbai,
the Southebys Islamic & Indian Art show, London and the Christies Indian
Contemporary Paintings, London. He has participated at the Salon National
Independent, Paris 1950, the Venice Biennial, 1954; Contemporary Art ftom India,
Washington 1975; Asian Artists Exhibition, Fukuoka Art Museum Tokyo, 1979 and
Modem Indian Painting, Hischhorn Museum Washington 1982. Apart from several
international auctions he has also participated in ‘Chamatkar-Fantasy in Indian Art’
presented by CIMA Gallery at Whiteleys’ London 1966.
Jehangir Sabavala lives and works in Mumbai.