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:

Thursday, 30 December 2010

G D Thyagaraj - Winter Morning

Painting provided by my friend Kashinath, it is by G D Thyagaraj called 'Winter Morning'.  It is a loverly bright painting and can cheer you up.  We are having very dull gloomy grey days in the UK at the moment.  The snow has melted and everything is dirty under the snow.  We will need some rain to clean the paths.
I hope you like this one, I have another to add which I will do in a few days time once we get into 2011.  I will take the opportunity to wish every one who has visited the blog this year a very Happy New Year for 2011.  I hope I can keep adding more paintings but they are getting harder to find.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and  Happy New Year.
We have had a few more inches of snow just before Christmas, very cold at the moment.  Hope you like the photo I took it down on the field near my house a few days ago.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

G D Paulraj - Evening

This is the second painting that sold at an auction in the USA recently it is meant to be titled "Evening".
It sold for $280 on the 4 December 2010 which is around £187 using the current exchange rates.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

G D Paulraj - Feeding The Bulls

This is a painting by G D Paulraj which sold at auction in the USA on 4 December 2010 it sold for $325 around £217.  I think it is the best painting I have seen sell at an auction this year by Paulraj.
I now wish I have bid 0n this one I like it a lot.  A second painting by Paulraj sold at the same auction , I will post that in a few days time, but this one is still my favourite of the two.  Hope you like it.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

G D Paulraj - Water Carriers (in Oil Paint)

I thought I had added this painting previously but looking through the index I have not found it.  Sorry if you have seen it before.  It is a street scene of several women carrying water pots.  What is unusual is that it is an oil painting.
This was the first painting I had every seen by Paulraj using oils.  I have since seen several others.  I prefer his water colours.  However, this is an interesting painting especially as it is rarer.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

G D Thyagaraj - After the Rains

Another painting provided by Kashinath by G D Thyagaraj called 'After the Rains'.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Norman Ellison - Indian Village

Another painting by Norman Ellison of an Indian village painted in 1944.

Friday, 3 December 2010

G D Thyagaraj - Boat with Sail

I was contacted this week by Shawn who has sent me a photo of a painting he purchased directly from Thyagaraj in the early 1960's when he has living in Delhi, when he was a young boy
Shawn could you send me a higher quality photo so I can add that in place of this one?  His brother owns a couple and he is going to try and see if he can get photos of those as well.  Many thanks Shawn, much appreciated.  It looks a great painting.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Movie - Meeting an elephant on the way to Agra.

I am having a go at adding a small video file to my blog.  Last time I tried I failed, either it was too large a file size or of the wrong format.  It was taken around 1968 and is only of a very low quality.  That is me on the elephant. My family was driving to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and we came across a man riding his elephant on the way to a wedding.  You can see a lorry go thundering past me at one point.  Eventually we get to see the Taj Mahal. Hope you like it.

Photos from 1962 - Taken from a Cine Film

I have managed to capture several frames from an 8mm cine film.  Unfortunately the quality is low with the film size being so small, but they might be interesting.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The Shell Stall

A few posts ago I added a photo of a shell I bought in 1962.  Today I have found a cine film of the visit and I have captured a still of the shell stall.
I am standing with my mother looking at the shells for sale.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

G D Paulraj - Busy Street

I think this was on Ebay a while ago,  looks like it is a nice painting, however the photo is only very small and low quality so it is a little difficult to appreciate it.
It is hard to remember if I have added this before?

Thursday, 25 November 2010

G D Arulraj - Men under Tree

A painting by G D Arulraj that sold on Ebay a while ago showing a couple of men under a tree. It seems to be relatively simple painting compared with others.
It is pretty horrid in the UK this week with some very early snow, we have had about four inches today and more is forecast over the next few days.  Not sure if I have seen many paintings by the Raj brothers showing any snow?

Thursday, 18 November 2010

G D Thyagaraj - Carts passing a grave

Nice watercolour by G D Thyagaraj in the foreground it could possibly be a grave?

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

G D Paulraj - Sorting the Catch

Painting by G D Paulraj recently added to the Raj Brothers Facebook site depicting some fishermen sorting through their catch.  The pointed hats caught my eye as I have a woven palm frond hat which I got from Puri in India in 1967.
It is a nice painting with the steely grey sky and greeny blue sea with some colour from the ladies clothes.
The hat is not identical to that worn by the men in the painting, their hats seem to have a wide rim.  My hat was in the attic and the palm fronds are still remarkably supple after 43 years.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Riding on an Elephant on the Road to Agra 1967

Managed to grab a frame from a cine film from 1967 it shows me riding on an elephant on the road to Agra taken around 1967.  We were driving from Delhi (I think) to Agra and we passed a man taking his elephant to a wedding and we stopped and asked if I could have a ride.  On the cine you can see lorries driving past as I am sitting on the elephant.  Hope you like it.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

G D Paulraj - Mahabalipuram

This is a great scene by Paul Raj sent to my by my friend Kashinath who is a great artist as well.  The scene of the temples at Mahabalipuram in Southern India.  I have found shell I purchased back in 1962 when I was a young boy, the shell has the name and date carved on it.

I think you can see one of the seven pagodas in the back ground down on the beach.  I have an old cine film taken in 1962.  I will try and convert it and see if I can add it too the blog.  A photo of the shell follows.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

G D Paulraj - Bathing in the Stream

Currently for sale in the USA a painting by G D Paulraj of people bathing in a stream.
He has captured the man's cloth which he seems to be drying in the breeze.

Monday, 8 November 2010

100th Posting!!!!! G D Thyagaraj - Road Scene

Today to celebrate my 100th posting to the blog I am adding a painting by G D Thyagaraj of a cart convoy stopped at the side of the road.
The drivers are sitting around a fire with smoke billowing into the trees.  There are a lot of trees in this painting.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

G D Paulraj and also G D Thyagaraj - Boats on the Beach

My friend Kashinath has sent me this photo of a painting by G D Paulraj of Boats on the beach.  It seem to be the same painting as done by his brother Thyagaraj.  It is unclear whether the were sat next to each other painting the same scene or has one copied a composition done by the other.

I think this is a great painting and I prefer it to that done by his brother Thyagaraj. However I still like Thyaga's painting very much as well. I will upload the other painting again so they can be easily compared.
It is really fascinating to see the two paintings together like this.  I think this might be my 99th posting on the blog in just over 12 months.  I have been pleased with the collection of paintings I have been able to show and hopefully have helped increase the amount of information available on these three very talented brothers.

Friday, 29 October 2010

G D Paulraj - To The Bazaar

Another find by my friend Kashinath, this one appeals to me in looks fund with the little boy being carried on his father's shoulders.
It is a nice colourful watercolour, with a selection of big trees which it is clear he must have enjoyed painting them.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

G D Paulraj - Stormy Day

Another Paulraj painting sent to me by my friend Kashinath.  It is a really stormy day.  I am now wondering if I have posted this one before?  I think it might be the same title but by Thyagaraj.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

G D Paulraj - Taj Mahal

My friend Kashinath has sent me a photo of this painting by G D Paulraj, it seems to be showing the TajMahal in Agra.  It seems to be a little unusual for Paul to paint a real place, most paintings appear to be imaginary or maybe slightly based on real scenes.
It certainly is a very bright painting, the minarets seem a little skinny to me but it captures the scene.  I have previously added some photos of the Taj captured from a Cine film.  I have added another family photo taken in front of the Taj taken around 1972.  I am the young man on the left.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Lal Mabon Ghose - Boatman - 1912

This is a painting my Lal Mabon Ghose showing a boatman, his signature is shown in full.  In the past his paintings have only shown his initials.
The painting is in colour and others I have seen are in black and white.  The painting is also dated as 1912.  Can anyone confirm where he was from?  Would it be Bengal or some other place?

Saturday, 16 October 2010

G D Thyagaraj - Stormy Day

This is a watercolour by G D Thyagaraj of a wild stormy day.  The trees can be seen really blowing in the wind.
It was up for sale on Ebay several years ago, I cannot remember what it sold for.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

G D Thyagaraj - Boats on the Beach

I cam e across this painting a year or so ago and it is a boat scene by G D Thyagaraj there are a row of boats on the beach it is quite colourful.
I think it is quite an accomplished painting, hope you like it.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

G D Thyagaraj - Boats

I found this painting by G D Thyagaraj sold at an auction in the UK, unfortunately it is only a low quality image so it is hard to tell how good a painting it might be.
Still an interesting painting, the boatman in the foreground looks like he might be about to fall over the side of the boat.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Norman Ellison - Bombay

I have decided to post another painting by Norman Ellison a British artist who was in the army during the second World War based in India.  This painting shows Bombay from the sea.
I liked this painting, the colours appealed to my taste. I believe it was painted around 1944 or 1945.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

G D Paulraj - Cart on stormy day

It is getting hard to remember which paintings I have added to the blog in the past.  I do not think I have added this one before.  It is the painting that appeared in the newspaper article back in the 1970's.
You can really feel the cold wet rain, the road looks muddy rather than dusty as in other paintings by Paulraj.

Monday, 13 September 2010

G D Paulraj - Convoy of hay carts

This is the second of what I believe are quite early paintings by Paulraj.  I just feel the style looks young and not quite mature.  But I have no evidence by which I can prove this.
The painting may have faded as well by the blue of the sky and the yellow hay is still visible.  The signature is still clear.  Hope you like this one

Saturday, 4 September 2010

G D Paulraj - Several Pairs of Oxen Ploughing

This is a painting by G D Paulraj that should in Europe a few years back.  The colours seem very faded it was one of a pair in the auction.
Not sure if the colours are deliberate or whether it has faded due to exposure to the light.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Boat on river - Norman Ellison

As I managed to post the last painting twice he is another I own by Norman Ellison.
It is still very fresh considering it is around  66 years old.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Flora Fountain by Norman Ellison

Today I thought I would add a painting I bought a little while ago which I now know to Flora Fountain in Bombay.
I was painted by a British army officer called Norman Ellison in 1944 while he was stationed in India.  Many of his scenes are of rural India but this one was recognisable.  I gave this to my daughter's partner who is from Bombay, we intend to frame it tomorrow night so they can hang it on the wall of their new flat in London.  Hope you like it.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

G D Arulraj - Mountain Scene

This painting is currently for sale on EBay by a seller in the USA it is a mountain scene with snow.
His signature is quite spidery in this painting and I have not yet decided whether this makes it an earlier painting or not.

If you like the painting go to Ebay and have a bid, it has a fairly low starting price. Hope you like it.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

G D Paulraj - The Quarry

A friend who owns a Paul Raj painting tipped me off the other day that this painting is up for sale in the UK on the 8th and 9 September at Peter Wilson auction house in Nantwich, Cheshire.
I have never seen one like this before and apparently it is dated as well November 1947 which is several months after India obtained Independence from Britain in August 1947.  My father was in Bombay during this time and I can remember him telling me that it was very grim.

It certainly is unusual to see a Paul Raj painting without a tree. The picture is only very low resolution.