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Laxman Shrestha

Indian Contemporary Artist
Born 1939, Siraha, Nepal
Lives and works in Mumbai

Celebrated as an abstractionist, Laxman Shrestha's works are intricately related to his life's journey and struggles. Though abstract, his paintings have a sense of intrigue in them, and are often described as 'soul searching' .He has taken the genre of landscape painting to new heights and dimensions. A Van Gogh admirer, he believes that "Passion, honesty and determination" are the three qualities that are most important for an artist.



Central School of Art & Craft, London


Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris The Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris


Diploma in Painting, Sir J.J.School of Arts, Mumbai

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His black and white compositions are intriguing

Carefully balanced, Laxman's black-and-white compositions have an ascetic rigor .The Nepalese artist crafts thoughtful meditations on the ways that nature is experienced and interpreted by the human eye.

These abstractions are topological, then - a series of graceful, undulating forms pared to their essential elements, alternative patches of contrasting black and white. Passages of shape and form morph into lone mountain roads traversed by pilgrims, with twisting paths and tumbling rivers that converge and diverge across vast open spaces.

Laxman Shreshtha, Untitled, 2007, Pundole Art Gallery.

The Nepalese artist picks a big canvas to paint grandeur of human life

Painting for Laxman Shrestha is immediate, instantaneous, with neither beginning nor an end. "It does not exist in time, but is continuous" he says. His work in essence conveys something deeper and more fundamental, which comes across as a reflection of his sensitive mind. Like the artist says "I came to painting through landscapes. The abstractness of nature attracted me. I am not interested in making my paintings visibly recognisable. It is their essence, the moment that has to be experienced not recognised. Human life and feelings need a big canvas, a bigger space to work. For intimate, small drawings I do water colours."

Laxman Shrestha, diptych, 153 x 307 cm.

He talks of his motherland in terms of colours

Laxman Shrestha says that despite the turbulence and confusion, the colour of Kathmandu was still grey , which he considers to be the highest form that welcomes other colours but does not give in. He believes that Nepal was in a state that comes before Shiva's tandava dance, which is the performance of destruction followed immediately by new creation.

He uses evocative colours in his works to bring forth the angst induced by the current state of politics in his country. Abstraction and Modern Art serve as a powerful tool for him to express political dilemmas.

Laxman Shrestha, 1986, charcoal on paper, 22 x 30”.

A Master of Landscapes

Meticulously elaborated, sudden whites giving way to azures and ochre's, strokes of scarlet upon the sonority of blue, Laxman Shrestha is a master of landscapes, creating a system of harmonic elegance. His paintings speak of beautiful places and are inspired by the high Himalayan ranges. Abstract in nature, they have colours of light in them, which through their ecstatic brilliance seem to fill the universe. His paintings are a reflection of his own mind which he represents through abstract forms and leaves the viewer with a sense of wonder.

Laxman Shrestha, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm.

He sees computers as advantageous tools offering an exciting experience

Laxman feels that the Internet revolution is exciting. The works accomplished by machines has broken the framework of using materials. The digital revolution helps reaching and promoting art to a global audience. What takes months to create can be now done within a matter of seconds. He is still trying to find a way to make computers do what the artist needs. He says " This new tool offers distinct advantages such as being able to segregate proportions, activate and stop all lines , all in a few minutes - things that used to take several days and much labour. To find new structure in my work and to search for new textures are challenges offered by this new medium. Art is endless. It uses a wealth of different techniques. I see the computer as another tool; it offers me another experience."

Laxman Shrestha, acrylic ink and acrylic paint on canvas, 166.5 x 170 cm.