Inrterview with artist Akbar Padamsee

Inrterview with artist Akbar Padamsee“I’m An Abstract Painter”

Interviewing Akbar Padamsee is like listening to a meandering story that jumps from rooftop to balcony, pavement and back. He moves fluidly between English and Sanskrit, fact, anecdote and gossip. Padamsee (b. 1928), a close associate of the Bombay Progressives, comes from a Khoja Ismaili business family and has been drawing since the age of four. What began as doodles in the margins of his father’s account books led to a body of work that spans over sixty years. A distinctive voice in the history of modern Indian art, Padamsee has explored painting, sculpture, photography, film, printmaking and graphics. Though he is well-known for his nudes, lovers, heads, landscapes and metascapes, he does not describe his practice as figurative. Excerpts from a long conversation with Subuhi Jiwani.

SUBUHI JIWANI: IS IT TRUE THAT THE AGA KHAN encouraged you to go to Paris?

Click here to read at the source: INTERVIEW | ART INDIA.

Earlier related: Artist Akbar Padamsee’s ‘grey’ work goes for record $1.4m at Sotheby’s sale in New York

For a recently published 300 page book on Akbar Padamsee’s art, see

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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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