Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Shipping on All Items are Expected in 2-3 Weeks on account of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Art and Architecture > At Home in the World- The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (Big Book)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
At Home in the World- The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (Big Book)
Pages from the book
At Home in the World- The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (Big Book)
Look Inside the Book
Description
Foreword

A person is never easy to describe, especially in relation to his work. We use the tools of language to bring together a synthesis of a person, and the completeness of such an endeavour takes form in books.

And so we have here such a book — a book of a man, a poet, a critic, a thinker, an artist -- Gulammohammed Sheikh. In the case of some artists, the work itself might be self-evident or such that its meaning is more linear. For example, in many portraits or landscapes, often the painting is done for the sake of capturing an essence, to bring wholesome life to an often immobile subject. This is not to say that the work is bereft of meaning, it is to say that the context can be uncovered more smoothly.

In the work of Gulam, however, we are first led to encountering a riot of overlapping images, an ethereal blend of fantastical colours, mediums that extend from collage to painting, to three-dimensionsal works, to a multitude of scenes and images, to scores of meanings, histories, events, memories and narratives.

Just as works of poetry need a sharper concentration, the paintings of Gulam, much like the poet he is, seek to reveal themselves only to the patient viewer. His paintings are not ones to be looked at for a few minutes to try and extract the meaning, as if they were a puzzle. Gulam's works nearly always need us, the viewers, to have a contextual lesson on his thought process, on his ideas, on his journey towards his work.

For example, when we look at City for Sale, 1981-84, we are urged to have at once a broad, macro as well as deeper understanding of Gulam's narrative. It is easy to be drawn into this painting with its bold `Silsila' sign, or the trio of men passing along a match, and, of course, omnipresent is Gulam's swirling colours blending and creating their own theory, their own visual effects.

But here we have a painting deeply important in its socio-economic context, where, in Gulam's words, the city of Baroda and indeed the country had been swept along ethnic and religious faultlines. While one part of the city maintained its normalcy in the so-called simple act of showcasing the movie Silsila, in another part of this at-first innocuous painting, a man is menacingly made to derobe to see whether he is Muslim or not.

These and other themes in the painting make Gulam's works much like Biblical or Temple thematic works in which the context of the storyline is provided, and with the artist's own impression and memories and influences playing as much, if not more, of a central role in the viewer's responsibility towards the work.

Seeing Gulam's work for sheer aesthetic pleasure has always done wonderfully, but to uncover his truths or untruths, the dichotomy and the contradictions of memory and images, the discretion of concentration and patience must be practised.

In Mappamundi 2, we have St Francis, Kabir, Majnun and Mary Magdalene punctuating the corners of a painting suffused with enough imagery and references to fill an encyclopaedia's worth of history, cross-referencing between East and West and real and mythological and imagined themes. From whirling dervishes to Piero della Francesca, the Mappamundi series may well be a compendium of world histories and almanacs. Indeed, Gulam asks, 'What is reality?' He talks of restructuring history and memories, and change. He talks of making history relevant to the present, and dealing with it in his painterly and almost other-worldly approach.

**Contents and Sample Pages**

















At Home in the World- The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (Big Book)

Item Code:
NAU981
Cover:
HARDCOVER
Edition:
2019
Publisher:
ISBN:
9788193926901
Language:
English
Size:
13.00 X 9.50 inch
Pages:
490 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 3.02 Kg
Price:
$125.00   Shipping Free
Shipping expected in 2 to 3 weeks
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
At Home in the World- The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (Big Book)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 399 times since 7th Dec, 2019
Foreword

A person is never easy to describe, especially in relation to his work. We use the tools of language to bring together a synthesis of a person, and the completeness of such an endeavour takes form in books.

And so we have here such a book — a book of a man, a poet, a critic, a thinker, an artist -- Gulammohammed Sheikh. In the case of some artists, the work itself might be self-evident or such that its meaning is more linear. For example, in many portraits or landscapes, often the painting is done for the sake of capturing an essence, to bring wholesome life to an often immobile subject. This is not to say that the work is bereft of meaning, it is to say that the context can be uncovered more smoothly.

In the work of Gulam, however, we are first led to encountering a riot of overlapping images, an ethereal blend of fantastical colours, mediums that extend from collage to painting, to three-dimensionsal works, to a multitude of scenes and images, to scores of meanings, histories, events, memories and narratives.

Just as works of poetry need a sharper concentration, the paintings of Gulam, much like the poet he is, seek to reveal themselves only to the patient viewer. His paintings are not ones to be looked at for a few minutes to try and extract the meaning, as if they were a puzzle. Gulam's works nearly always need us, the viewers, to have a contextual lesson on his thought process, on his ideas, on his journey towards his work.

For example, when we look at City for Sale, 1981-84, we are urged to have at once a broad, macro as well as deeper understanding of Gulam's narrative. It is easy to be drawn into this painting with its bold `Silsila' sign, or the trio of men passing along a match, and, of course, omnipresent is Gulam's swirling colours blending and creating their own theory, their own visual effects.

But here we have a painting deeply important in its socio-economic context, where, in Gulam's words, the city of Baroda and indeed the country had been swept along ethnic and religious faultlines. While one part of the city maintained its normalcy in the so-called simple act of showcasing the movie Silsila, in another part of this at-first innocuous painting, a man is menacingly made to derobe to see whether he is Muslim or not.

These and other themes in the painting make Gulam's works much like Biblical or Temple thematic works in which the context of the storyline is provided, and with the artist's own impression and memories and influences playing as much, if not more, of a central role in the viewer's responsibility towards the work.

Seeing Gulam's work for sheer aesthetic pleasure has always done wonderfully, but to uncover his truths or untruths, the dichotomy and the contradictions of memory and images, the discretion of concentration and patience must be practised.

In Mappamundi 2, we have St Francis, Kabir, Majnun and Mary Magdalene punctuating the corners of a painting suffused with enough imagery and references to fill an encyclopaedia's worth of history, cross-referencing between East and West and real and mythological and imagined themes. From whirling dervishes to Piero della Francesca, the Mappamundi series may well be a compendium of world histories and almanacs. Indeed, Gulam asks, 'What is reality?' He talks of restructuring history and memories, and change. He talks of making history relevant to the present, and dealing with it in his painterly and almost other-worldly approach.

**Contents and Sample Pages**

















Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to At Home in the World- The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (Big... (Art and Architecture | Books)

Art of Osian Temples (Socio -Economic and Religious Life in India)
by Asha Kalia
Hardcover (Edition: 1982)
Abhinav Publication
Item Code: NAK041
$43.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Creative Art of Life
by K. M. Munshi
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Item Code: NAJ503
$13.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
ART AND LIFE IN INDIA: THE LAST FOUR DECADES
Item Code: IDG211
$23.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Amrita Sher-Gil: Art and  Life (A Readear)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAK007
$43.00$34.40
You save: $8.60 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Life Of Krishna In Indian Art
Item Code: NAB072
$52.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Passion:  Life and Art of Raza
Item Code: NAF617
$36.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Timeless Art (Indian Art Series)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAL669
$47.00$37.60
You save: $9.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
BEAUTY, ART AND MAN: Studies in Recent Indian Theories Of Art
Item Code: IDF621
$17.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Art in Art
Deal 20% Off
by Omprakash Sharma
Hardcover (Edition: 1994)
Abhinav Publication
Item Code: IDK565
$12.50$10.00
You save: $2.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Arts of India Virgina Museum Of Fine Arts
by Joseph M.Dye III
Hardcover (Edition: 2001)
Timeless Books New Delhi
Item Code: NAB057
$150.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I have received my parcel from postman. Very good service. So, Once again heartfully thank you so much to Exotic India.
Parag, India
My previous purchasing order has safely arrived. I'm impressed. My trust and confidence in your business still firmly, highly maintained. I've now become your regular customer, and looking forward to ordering some more in the near future.
Chamras, Thailand
Excellent website with vast variety of goods to view and purchase, especially Books and Idols of Hindu Deities are amongst my favourite. Have purchased many items over the years from you with great expectation and pleasure and received them promptly as advertised. A Great admirer of goods on sale on your website, will definately return to purchase further items in future. Thank you Exotic India.
Ani, UK
Thank you for such wonderful books on the Divine.
Stevie, USA
I have bought several exquisite sculptures from Exotic India, and I have never been disappointed. I am looking forward to adding this unusual cobra to my collection.
Janice, USA
My statues arrived today ….they are beautiful. Time has stopped in my home since I have unwrapped them!! I look forward to continuing our relationship and adding more beauty and divinity to my home.
Joseph, USA
I recently received a book I ordered from you that I could not find anywhere else. Thank you very much for being such a great resource and for your remarkably fast shipping/delivery.
Prof. Adam, USA
Thank you for your expertise in shipping as none of my Buddhas have been damaged and they are beautiful.
Roberta, Australia
Very organized & easy to find a product website! I have bought item here in the past & am very satisfied! Thank you!
Suzanne, USA
This is a very nicely-done website and shopping for my 'Ashtavakra Gita' (a Bangla one, no less) was easy. Thanks!
Shurjendu, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India