Natvar Bhavsar: Color Immersion
Nov 9, 2013 – Feb 13, 2014
FOR IMMIEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cristin Longo or Beverly Cuyler
For more information call 305.576.2266 or www.spondergallery.com
MIAMI, FL (October 18, 2013) - Sponder Gallery announces the exhibition of works by Indian artist Natvar Bhavsar. The exhibition opens at Sponder Gallery’s Miami Design District space on November 9th. A reception for the artist will be held on December 3rd from 6-8pm.
Natvar Bhavsar was born in1934 in India in Gothava, a small village in Gujarat. He studied at the Seth CN College of Fine Arts in Ahmedabad and also studied English literature at Gujarat University. In 1965, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Design. After moving to New York City, nearly 50 years ago, he became influenced by the freedom of abstract painting. His style evolved into abstract expressionism and color field. His works often feature a hazy object, (absent of direct lines and geometric shapes) in the center of a sold canvas, that projects an astral-like mass of color.
Employing some techniques from the Indian tradition of sand painting, Bhavsar paints in an improvisational manner, soaking the canvas with acrylic-based liquid binders that absorb and hold the fine pigment powder. He applies the base using a sifting technique with a screen, during which layers of fine, concentrated pigment are sprinkled and drizzled over the canvas which is laid out on the floor so he can walk around the painting and work on it from all sides.
Bhavsar's paintings appear in more than 800 private and public collections, including the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, the Library of Congress, NYU's Grey Art Gallery, and the Australian National Gallery. In addition, his works have been purchased and displayed by corporations such as the American Express Company, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, and NBC. Bhavsar and his works have been the subject of books, including: Natvar Bhavsar: The Sound of Color, (Robert C. Morgan, 2002) and Natvar Bhavsar: Painting and the Reality of Color, (Irving Sandler, 1999).