Gujarat, b.1933

Himmat Shah

Born in Lothal village in Gujarat, one of the sites of the Harappan civilisation, Himmat Shah’s longterm engagement with terracotta traces its roots to the place, seen especially in his sculptural series Heads. Going against the grain of his Jain mercantile family, Shah chose art, graduating from the Sir J. J. School of Art. He also studied painting at M. S. University, Baroda, and then spent two years in Paris under S. W. Hayter, interacting with European modernism.

A versatile artist, Shah has experimented across forms and mediums, making burnt paper collages, architectural murals, drawings and sculptures, though he sees himself as primarily a sculptor. His self-designed tools and innovative techniques give his preferred medium – terracotta – a contemporary edge. Shah uses a number of tools, brushes, instruments and...

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Biography

Born in Lothal village in Gujarat, one of the sites of the Harappan civilisation, Himmat Shah’s longterm engagement with terracotta traces its roots to the place, seen especially in his sculptural series Heads. Going against the grain of his Jain mercantile family, Shah chose art, graduating from the Sir J. J. School of Art. He also studied painting at M. S. University, Baroda, and then spent two years in Paris under S. W. Hayter, interacting with European modernism.

A versatile artist, Shah has experimented across forms and mediums, making burnt paper collages, architectural murals, drawings and sculptures, though he sees himself as primarily a sculptor. His self-designed tools and innovative techniques give his preferred medium – terracotta – a contemporary edge. Shah uses a number of tools, brushes, instruments and hand tools to carve, shape and mould his works. He has designed and executed monumental murals in brick, cement and concrete.

A founder member of Group 1890, Himmat Shah has received a scholarship from the French government in 1966, Lalit Kala Akademi’s National Award in 1956 and 1962, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in 1988, and the Kalidasa Samman from the Madhya Pradesh government in 2003. Himmat Shah lives and works in Jaipur.

Artworks

9

Untitled, 1995

RELATED CATEGORIES

Collage / Drawing / European Modernism / Form / India / Medium / Mural / Paris / Place / Sculpture / Terracotta

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1967

    Studied under S. W. Hayter and Krishna Reddy, Atelier 17, Paris

  • 1961

    Worked under Professor N.S Bendre, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

  • 1953

    Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India's French Connection, DAG, New Delhi and New York

  • 2016

    HIMMAT SHAH: hammer on the square A Retrospective (1957-2015), Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  • 2007

    Drawings and Sculptures, presented by Studio Confluence at Jehangir Nicholson Art Gallery, National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2011

    The Art of Drawing, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 2010

    Vahana, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai

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Education

  • 1967

    Studied under S. W. Hayter and Krishna Reddy, Atelier 17, Paris

  • 1961

    Worked under Professor N.S Bendre, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

  • 1953

    Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India's French Connection, DAG, New Delhi and New York

  • 2016

    HIMMAT SHAH: hammer on the square A Retrospective (1957-2015), Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  • 2007

    Drawings and Sculptures, presented by Studio Confluence at Jehangir Nicholson Art Gallery, National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai

  • Berkley Square Gallery, UK

  • 2005

    Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2002

    Sculpture, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  • 2000

    Art Heritage, New Delhi

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2011

    The Art of Drawing, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 2010

    Vahana, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Essential, Eclectic. Ephemeral, The Harrington Mansions, Kolkata

  • 2007

    The Workshop, India Fine Art, Mumbai

  • A Matter of Forms, Samanvai Art Gallery, Rajasthan

  • 2006

    Tangibles, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  • 2005

    Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Manifestations III, Nehru Centre, Mumbai, Delhi Art Gallery and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • 2004

    Manifestations II, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Delhi Art Gallery and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • Manifestations I, World Trade Centre, Mumbai, Delhi Art Gallery and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • 2000

    Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi

Grants & Awards

  • 2003

    Honored by Kalidasa Samman by the Madhya Pradesh Government

Collections

  • Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal

  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi