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Title

Colour wood cut no.4

1977


Artist

Shanti Dave

India

1931 -


About

"I evolved a process of colour woodcuts. I use plywood sheets of 3 or 4 layers. Where I do not want colour and wish to leave the paper white, I cut into a depth of 2 layers and remove the wood. The desired colour is then applied to the raised surface with a rubber roller. The necessary form that I desire has to be conceived in reverse. This process has to be repeated several times until I get the desired effect employing several ply sheets. The most difficult part of the process is registration, not only in respect of the first print, which may demand as many as eight impressions, but more so in respect of the multiples… I have sadly realised that everything is upset, if the registration goes astray even by a millimetre. I have used, quite often, the same block many times differently to get the right tone and shade of colour. I have used oil colours… and this medium has yielded very special effects… I have tried to get the maximum effect out of the hide and seek interplay of the transparent colours, space and form against the background of an aura of abstract calligraphy."

Shanti Dave, exhibition catalogue 1979


Details


Place where the work was made

India


Date

1977


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

25.5 x 38.5 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "...Shanti Dave." ['e' is underlined]. Dated l.l., pencil "...1977".


Credit

Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

141.2000


Artist information

Shanti Dave

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
India

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001

  • Shanti Dave, Exhibition Venue Unknown, Unknown–Unknown


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.11