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Colour wood cut no.4



Shanti Dave


1931 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Media category
    Materials used
    colour woodcut
    25.5 x 38.5 cm
    Signature & date

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

    Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Shanti Dave

    Works in the collection


  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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

    • Shanti Dave, Exhibition Venue Unknown, Unknown–Unknown

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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

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