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Saffronart / Lot 106 / 24 Hour Online Auction: Works on Paper / 26-27 March 2014
StoryLTD / Lot 36 / Absolute Auction of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art / 20-21 August 2014
Private collection, Singapore

Sohan Qadri invokes a vision of meditative tranquillity by combining spirituality and art in his works. Abstaining from conventional paint mediums, Qadri is known to create ink and dye works on paper that evoke the rich colors reminiscent of his birthplace, India.

Although he began his career in the 1950s painting in oil on canvas, he worked on paper almost exclusively from the 1980s. Qadri’s aesthetics were inspired by yogic practices and the hybrid marriage of Tantric imagery and late modernist minimalism, earning him the title of the “Tantric yogi artist” from Francis Newton Souza, one of India’s leading Modernists.

Sohan Qadri

(1932 - 2011)
Born in Punjab, Qadri is famed for being the only internationally acclaimed artist with deep spiritual beliefs. He was initiated into yogic practice at the age of seven. He received his MFA from the Government College of Art in Shimla. He began travelling around the world in 1965, to Paris, Zurich, East Africa and North America. His works are the result of years of travelling and imbibing his learnings from Tantric Buddhism. He has had over a hundred solo and group exhibitions in India and around the world, including the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Austria and Poland. The artist passed away in Toronto in 2011.