H.A.Gade

Hari Ambadas Gade was born in Amravati district in Maharashtra. He graduated in science in 1938 from the University of Nagpur, and enrolled the following year at the Nagpur School of Art as a casual student. Between 1944-48, he honed his skills as an artist even as he taught at Spencer Training College, Jabalpur. In 1949, he completed his Diploma in Art and his Masters in Art an year later. He was one of the six founder members of the Progressive Artists' Group and remained a member until the group was dissolved in 1956.

Gade is regarded as one of the most gifted painters of modern Indian art. He is considered one of the first abstract expressionist painters of post-independence India. Like all the painters of the Progressive Artists Group, Gade revolted against the traditions of academic art, which the British education system had clamped on Indian art education. He believed in an unconventional and dynamic artistic style.

Gade began by painting landscapes in watercolors, but he later switched to oils on canvas. He used both the palette knife and brush in his paintings. Colour is a significant component in his paintings. He has a commendable intuitive understanding of the pictorial dimensions of colour, and as often referred as a painters' painter.

Gade has participated in several group shows of the Progressive Artists in Mumbai, Baroda, Ahmedabad and Calcutta. He has also participated in the Stanford University exhibition in 1949, the Venice Biennale in 1954 and the Indian Art Exhibition which toured east Europe in 1955-56. He won a gold medal at the annual exhibition of the Bombay Art Society in 1956. He also exhibited at Basle in 1951 and 1956 and in Venice in 1957. 

Presently, his works are displayed at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Bombay Art Society, Bombay; Lalat Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay; and at numerous International Art Galleries at Bangkok, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia and Venice.

H.A.Gade passed away in the year 2001

Artwork for Sale

Village Scene
by H.A.Gade

Size:

14 X 17 inches