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Harish Johari Painting Tradition
The painting tradition founded by Harish Johari forms the basis for most of our paintings.
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The Harish Johari Painting Tradition


 
 
 

The painting tradition founded by Harish Johari is a combination of

  • The overall spiritual indian art traditions.
  • The special wash painting technique which Harish Johari learned from his teacher Shri Chandra Bal, who himself learned it from Shri Bhawani Prasad Mittal, who learned it at Shanti Niketan.
  • The style of the figures that is a mixture of three existing forms of indian art : the faces, hands and feet are based on the paintings of the Ajanta caves - the proportions used in the figures are based on the sculptures of the Elephanta caves near Bombay - the postures and movements are inspired by the sculptures of the Ellora caves and the Khajoraho temple.

With this unique combination, Harish Johari has created artwork that has astonished many art specialists, both from the West and the East. He has also inspired many artists to become his students.

Most of all, this unique art form is particularly well suited to realize the objectives of indian spiritual art. The special washing technique allows to let the light in the paintings to come from within the figures, instead of being used only to create depth. The delicate, graceful and expressive faces, postures and movements are a feast to the eye. The result is the creation of spiritual feelings in any watcher, while for those that use the paintings as objects of meditation, spiritual contact with the painted divine beings becames a workable objective.

More details can be found in the following texts :

The origins of the style of the figures used in the Harish Johari wash painting tradition

Detailed description of the wash painting technique

The importance of Krishna's birthday in the Johari family painting tradition

Harish Johari's art teachers

The use of color and light

The subjects of spiritual indian art

Art Meets Spirituality

Comparision between eastern and western art

Meditation on paintings

Also read the article "A Flood of Artist" in Hinduism Today.

 
 
 
 
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