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Amit Ambalal

Amit Ambalal

Born in 1943 Amit Ambalal uses his satirical wit to develop parody, caricature and mimicry in his work. The pleasure he derives by a moving brush is evident in his act of image-making, defined by the free flow and transparency of colour and form.

In 1979 he decided to abandon the role of a businessman and become an artist. His keenness to be transparent and therefore very human have led him to banish rigidity and embrace fluidity in his life. His work becomes as much about birds and animals as about human beings in satirical arrangements. Imbued with energy and wit, Ambalal creates a visual language, where he often re-explores mythological themes and tales, and re-imagines mythical characters in  new idioms, both secular and sacred. He works in watercolour, gouache, dry pastels and papier mache. Amit Ambalal has exhibited at Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Archer Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata; Bodhi Art, Singapore; Galerie F.I.A., Amsterdam; James Harvey Gallery, Sydney amongst many others. He is the recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Italy [2003], Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation [1974] and Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi [1968]. He has also participated in the India Art Fair, New Delhi [2010], 6th Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal [1996]. Ambalal’s interest in Nathdwara Paintings of Rajasthan led him to publish a seminal book entitled Krishna as Shrinathji. He also held an exhibition of his personal collection of Nathdwara Paintings in Delhi.

The artist lives and works in Ahmedabad.

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