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:

Sunday, 30 January 2011

G D Thyagaraj - Boats

This is painting that has been emailed to me by Kashinath one of many he has come across on his travels around India.  It is by G D Thyagaraj of a pair of boats.
It is quite  dark painting so I am unsure whether it is early evening or whether a storm is brewing?  Hope you like it.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

G D Paulraj - Dancers

I think this is by G D Paulraj but due to the low quality of the photograph it is hard to read the signature.  It is a different kind of scene rather than being a landscape it is more a study of a group of dancers.

I do not think I have added this one before, I like it.  A sweet little girl is sitting on the edge of the pond which the ladies are dancing around.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

G D Paulraj - Chai Wallah

This is a photo of a painting which has just sold at Burstow and Hewett Auction House in the UK.  The pre sale estimate was for £150 to £200 and it sold for £140 which is around $217 US dollars based on $1.55 equals £1.00. 
It was framed and signed and depicts a street scene with two people sitting outside of a shop drinking a glass of tea. hence the name 'Chai Wallah'.  It has also been found in Paul Raj's record books, which indicate that it was for a client living in New Delhi in 1975.  I thought is was quite a nice painting in good condition but sold at a fairly moderate price.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

G D Paulraj - Feeding the chickens

Watercolour by G D Paulraj of a lady sitting outside of her house, it looks like she might be feeding her chickens.
Quite a lot of shade in this painting but a nice composition all the same.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Facebook Tribute site to the three Raj Brothers

Lots of new stuff appearing on the Facebook tribute site to the three Raj brothers, very well worth a look if you have not been before. Raj brothers on Facebook

Thursday, 20 January 2011

G D Arulraj - Indian Village

Today I am posting another painting by Arulraj it is an Indian street scene.
Also I have noticed on the Raj Brothers Facebook page are some photos of a sketch book by G D Paulraj, this could be really interesting.  I will let you know how this develops and add a link to the Facebook page next time I add something to the Blog.  Just noticed the link to the Facebook page I added last year is not working so I will need to fix that as well.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

G D Arulraj- Indian Village

This is a painting on a Village scene in India  by G D Arulraj, I think I first say it for sale on Ebay.  I do not remember if it sold.
I think the colours have faded a bit as the signature which is normally in red paint looked a bit grey in a separate close up.  The shadows are good.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

G D Arulraj - Hand Painted Greeting Card

Today I am adding a photo of a hand painted greeting card painted by Arulraj.  It sold on Ebay a while back and was a small painting folded with an inscription inside.
It is a bright scene of a sunset, maybe done as a birthday of holiday celebration to a friend, it is signed by Arul on the inside.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

G D Thyagaraj - Street Market and Tree in Blossom

Painting by G D Thyagaraj of a busy street market and a tree in blossom, this is yet another good work by Thyagaraj.  He seems to have been very prolific and I have probably come across more works by him than Paul or Arul.
His paintings seem to turn up all over the world so I imagine they were purchased by people on holiday in northern India and then taken home as souvenirs.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

G D Arulraj - Carts in Village

This is a small photo so the quality is not that good of a painting by G D Arulraj, however as the photo is so small the signature is not readable.

Monday, 3 January 2011

G D Thyagaraj - Field Worker

For the first post of 2011 I am adding another painting by G D Thyagaraj which was found by my friend Kashinath on his travels in India.

The tree in very dominate in the painting but non the less it is a painting that I like.  You can see the fields going away into the distance.