16.2 x 11.5 in. / 41.1 x 29.2 cm.


Watercolour, water-soluble pencil colour and ink on paper

An early abstractionist, Ambadas created amorphous forms in his paintings that intrigued the onlooker, and left it to their discretion to decipher it. This work was made during a seminal period of the artist’s life—in 1972-73, he left the bustling, bright and hot India for good for the cooler, quieter Norway of the Aurora Borealis colours. Unlike most of his other works, this has a nebulous, central core of black bearing a weight on its head, from which dissipate indeterminate streaks of saffron, magenta, beige and black, and shimmering blue on one side.

published references

Singh, Kishore, ed., Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form (New Delhi: DAG, 2014), p. 73
Singh, Kishore, ed., A Visual History of Indian Modern Art, Volume VI: A Modern Vernacular (New Delhi: DAG, 2015), p. 1094
Singh, Kishore, Memory & Identity: Indian Artists Abroad (New Delhi: DAG, 2016), p. 402
Singh, Kishore, ed., Group 1890: India’s Indigenous Modernism (New Delhi: DAG, 2016), p. 420

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