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NATVAR BHAVSAR

Born 1934 in Gothaya, India.
Lives and works in New York City.

Claiming 'color' as his medium, Natvar Bhavsar has explored the sensual, emotional, and intellectual resonance of color for over 50 years. Bhavsar has exhibited widely in New York, where he has been a longtime resident and central figure in the art world – one of the few remaining original artists from the SoHo school – and with a variety of international galleries and museums. His paintings evoke influences from his childhood in India – surrounded by vivid textiles, practicing rangoli, witnessing the Holi Festival – and his adulthood in 1970s New York City.

The immediacy of Bhavsar's art results from the controlled spontaneity of his process. The works are constructed using dry pigment that is often sifted, poured, or otherwise dispersed onto prepared surfaces. The dry pigment is a direct physical and spiritual link to the artist's connection with India. Each gesture marks a specific distance from the work's surface, a particular density of color, and a measured movement of the body. The resultant surface is grainy and made up of a density of color in varying tones. For Bhavsar, the goal of his paintings is "to release the energies that colors have locked within them, and to produce a continuum of energies that expands beyond the pictures limit."

Born 1934 in Gujarat, India.

Lives and works in New York City.

 

Claiming 'color' as his medium, Natvar Bhavsar has explored the sensual, emotional, and intellectual resonance of color for over 50 years. Bhavsar has exhibited widely in New York, where he has been a longtime resident and central figure in the art world – one of the few remaining original artists from the SoHo school – and with a variety of international galleries and museums. His paintings evoke influences from his childhood in India – surrounded by vivid textiles, practicing rangoli, witnessing the Holi Festival – and his adulthood in 1970s New York City.

 

The immediacy of Bhavsar's art results from the controlled spontaneity of his process. The works are constructed using dry pigment that is often sifted, poured, or otherwise dispersed onto prepared surfaces. The dry pigment is a direct physical and spiritual link to the artist's connection with India. Each gesture marks a specific distance from the work's surface, a particular density of color, and a measured movement of the body. The resultant surface is grainy and made up of a density of color in varying tones. For Bhavsar, the goal of his paintings is "to release the energies that colors have locked within them, and to produce a continuum of energies that expands beyond the pictures limit."