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Signed and dated 'Sudhir Patwardhan May '02' (lower right)
signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Sudhir Patwardhan / Torso-1 / 2002 / Charcoal' (on the reverse)

'Shadow Lines' (Vadehra Art Gallery, 2006)
'Crafting of Reality' Sudhir Patwardhan: Drawings, Ranjit Hoskote (The Guild Art Gallery, 2007)

The work here, 'Torso I', is one of a series of drawings that I did, exploring the structure underlying my figurative compositions. When I paint or draw the human figure, two elements interact. Observation and expression. Observation of the external form of the figure and expression of my feelings towards the figure. But these two in themselves are not sufficient to give shape to the image. There is an internal sense of structure that I have to base my observations and expression on so that the observation is not merely a record of facts, and the expression is not mere sentiment. These series was aimed at laying that underlying structure bare through drawing.

Sudhir Patwardhan

(b. 1949)
Sudhir Patwardhan was born in Pune, Maharashtra. He graduated in Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, in 1972. A self-taught artist, Patwardhan began exhibiting his work in the late 70s. Since then, he has had numerous solo shows, including regular ones at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, from 1979-2007, and those at the Guild Gallery, Mumbai, 2008; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2007, 2002 and 2001; Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi, 1999; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 1994; and Art Heritage, New Delhi, 1990 and 1979. He also participated in ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, at the Festival of India, New York, in 1985 and in ‘Century City’, at the Tate Modern, London, in 2001. In 2004, a book on his works, “The Complicit Observer” by Ranjit Hoskote was published, and in 2008, “The Crafting of Reality”, a book on his drawings by the same author, was released. Patwardhan, who lives and works in Thane, is also a participating radiologist and runs a clinic there.