Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

G D Paulral - Bringing Home the Newborn

The last few years has seen me start collecting a number of water colours by the Indian artist G D Paulraj. I was introduced to his work by my mother who met the artist while she lived in Madras during the early 1950's.

She acquired several of his works and they were displayed in the family home in Madras until the family moved to Calcutta. My father decided it was too difficult to pack all the paintings and transport them many hundreds of miles north to our new home and decided to only take one.

It is still in the family and was inherited by my sister on the death of our mother and a photograph of this painting can been seen above (not the best of photos as it is behind ordinary glass and has caught the camera flash). It was always called "Bringing home the newborn" and is still one of my favourites. I do not think my mother ever forgave my father for this error of judgement is selling the other Paul Raj paintings when we moved house.

He can really capture the light coming through the trees onto the dusty road. I would be happy to hear from anyone who might have information on the artist or own a painting and is prepared to share photos of his works.

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