Born in Siraha, Nepal, in 1939, Laxman Shreshtha was educated at the University of Bihar, Patna; the Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai; the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris; and the Central School of Art, London. In the Parisian tradition of the atelier, he also studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and with the legendary print-maker Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17.
Shreshtha has held numerous solo exhibitions of his works since the early 1960s, and has also been represented in major curated exhibitions in India and overseas. Shreshtha has been the recipient of many awards, fellowships and honours, including the French Government Scholarship, the British Council Grant, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Germany) residency.
Shreshtha started his career as a figurative artist but gradually moved onto abstract works. His journey, from being a member of an aristocratic family in Nepal, to a struggling art student on the brink of starvation, made him embark on a spiritual quest, which has been reflected in his work. He looked for answers to his early existentialist dilemmas in books on Western philosophy. Later, he turned to the Upanishads and to Buddhism and his paintings reflect these experiences. These abstract works are greatly inspired by landscapes, sometimes echoing the mountain peaks of his native home Nepal, the pristine white light of rarefied heights sears through the dense opacity of colour creating dazzling effects. His desire for capturing the expanse of the Himalayas made him create his large-scape works. His works are both sensuous and meditative in their shifts and balances of colour. There is an intermingling of vivid browns, yellows, reds, oranges and blues. He is greatly inspired by Jazz and classical music, and listens to it while he paints.
Until the 1980s, he was extremely social, but now turned into a recluse. He lives and works in Mumbai.
His abstract works are both, sensuous and meditative in their shifts and balances of colour. One can observe a palpable movement from chaos to spiritual peace, in his work. Shreshtha's canvases are an intermingling of vivid browns, yellows, reds, oranges and blues. These capture and emote passions dramatically, whether these passions are brooding, fierce or cheerful.
His work is intricately related to the events in his life and the struggles he has had to face. His journey, from being a member of an aristocratic family in Nepal, to a struggling art student on the brink of starvation, made him embark on a spiritual quest, which has been reflected in his work He looked for answers to his early existentialist dilemmas in books on Western philosophy. Later he turned to the Upanishads and to Buddhism. His paintings are a reflection of these experiences. Though abstract, his paintings have a sense of intrigue in them, that leaves the observer, and Shreshtha himself, as he confesses, trying to understand the shades of meaning they present.
Part I: 18th August – 3rd October 2016 Part II: 14th October – 31st December 2016 Curated by Ranjit Hoskote Laxman Shreshtha is one of the most distinguished abstractionists practising in India. The Infinite Project traces a retrospective arc across…MORE DETAILS
Workshop with students from Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Blind and Happy Home & School for the Blind The students were first given an introduction to abstract art, and one of the best Indian abstractionists- Laxman Shreshtha. They were…MORE DETAILS
16th & 28th September 2016 | Workshop with 5th and 6th grade students from Aditya Birla World Academy The workshop was aimed at giving students an opportunity to delve into the world of abstraction after observing Laxman Shreshtha’s works and…MORE DETAILS
Workshop with 11th and 12th grade Aditya Birla World Academy students The students were introduced to abstract art, followed by a walkthrough of ‘The Infinite Project’. They interacted with the works of the abstractionist Laxman Shreshtha and viewed an interview…MORE DETAILS
18th December 2016 | Workshop with BMC school children from Aseema Charitable Trust 23rd December 2016 | Workshop with BMC school children from Teach for India The workshop began with a brief introduction of the artist Laxman Shreshtha and his…MORE DETAILS