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Amit Ambalal

Amit Ambalal

Amit Ambalal born in 1943, uses his satirical wit to develop a parody, a caricature and a mimicry into an expression. The pleasure he derives by a moving brush is evident in his act of image-making defined by the free flow and transperancy of colour and form. In 1979 he decided to abandon the role of a businessman and become an artist. That banishment of rigidity and this embrace of fluidity thrive on his will to be transparent and very human. His works become as much about birds and animals as about human beings concluding in satirical manifestations. Imbued with energy and wit, Ambala creates a visual language, where he often re-explores mythological themes and tales, and re-imagines mythical characters in a new idiom which is both secular and sacred. He works in watercolour, gouache, dry pastels and papier mache. Amit Ambalal has exhibited in 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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