(Last Updated on : 17/12/2013)
Himmat Shah is one of the most acclaimed artists of India whose work encompasses both painting and sculptures. His art works are the testaments of splendid creativity and are the representations of the realities of life. The artist has acquired much fame in abstracted bronze and terracotta heads which is now considered as his signature style. His gilded clay sculptures have traces of paintings which exhibit a dramatic touch. Although his overwhelming prominence as a sculptor has been far reaching, his paintings are also exemplary of exquisite depiction of intriguing themes.
Early Life of Himmat Shah
Himmat Shah was born in the year 1933 in Lothal
situated in Gujarat
. He received his preliminary training of art from N.S Bendre
. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
from 1956 to 61. Following this, he joined Atelier 17, Paris for the period of 1966 to 67 on a scholarship from the French Government. During this time, he explored the captivating styles of western art. Subsequently he got involved in monumental murals and sculpture works. Initially, from the period of 1967 to 1971, he attained expertise in making colossal murals
on concrete, brick and cement. He began exploring the world of sculpture at the same time and started making sculptures and relief in terracotta, plaster and ceramics. He was the member of 'Group 1890' which however dissolved soon and Himmat Shah started working individually.
Artworks of Himmat Shah
Majority of the artworks of Himmat Shah are devoid of titles and are the embodiments of his artistic genius. In paintings, his works show bright amalgamation of vibrant hues and the use of mixed media on canvas. The patterns of his arts are spontaneous. 'Head of a King' is a popular sculptural creation of the artist, structured in bronze. 'Jar' is a terracotta sculpture of Himmat Shah with a gold leaf laid on the side. His creativity has also found expression through magnificent watercolours. Bold brushstrokes and alluring colours are the significant features of his paintings.
Achievements of Himmat Shah
Himmat Shah has displayed his artworks through various exhibitions across the globe in individual as well as group shows. His individual shows were held at Ahmedabad
, New Delhi
. His also participated in group shows at various places including Singapore, Biennale de Paris, Antwerpen, London, Moscow, Peru, Budapest and Switzerland. He also received several accolades for his contribution in the art world.