There is an age-old argument—does art imitate life or does life imitate art. Whichever side of the argument you are on, there is no denying how intricately the two are linked. But when art leads to saving lives, this relationship takes on a whole new meaning. This is what happened when internationally renowned artist Satish Gupta donated his painting Ganesha for an auction to benefit the children supported by Genesis Foundation. It is because of his generosity that some of the GF kids will get a chance at life.
The auction was held during the recently held FremantleMedia’s CEO’s Got Talent in New Delhi. The beneficiary of the event was Genesis Foundation and the proceeds of the event and the auction are going into the treatment of critically ill children from underprivileged backgrounds. Even as the CEOs competed for the coveted top spot during the contest, the evening was replete with reminders of the cause and it all came to the fore during the auction.
Ganesha, the painting Satish donated, is part of his Cosmic Matrix series. The series is another showcase of the influence of mysticism and Zen philosophy on Satish’s work. In his extremely multi-faceted artistic expression (he is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, skilled draftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramicist) the unifying theme is his intensely spiritual reflection.
An artist with more than 33 solo shows, Satish’s artworks have adorned important art galleries in India and abroad. These include shows in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, London, Paris, Altea, Murcia, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York, Washington and Melbourne. He has also participated in several group exhibitions across the world.
Besides exhibitions, Satish’s artworks can also be viewed at some of the most iconic buildings and establishments. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the venue of his Surya sculpture—4 feet high and made of copper. The Jindal Centre, again in New Delhi, houses a 10,000 kg, five-piece sculpture made by him and inspired by the five elements. The ISHA Foundation in Coimbatore is home to the Utsav Murti of the Goddess Devi. He has created a lithograph as part of the official Beijing Olympic Portfolio as the only Indian artist.
Aside from spiritual themes, Satish also paints portraits, landscapes as well abstracts. His The Eyes of Thar is a series accompanied by a book and published by Mapin. The set is a collectors’ delight for sure.
Satish is a prolific writer, expressing his views and emotions in prose as well as poetry. Haikus, essays, articles in the press—Satish’s literary expression is as thought-provoking and inspiring as his art.