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:

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

G D Thyagaraj - Loading the hay carts

This photo of a Thyagaraj painting was sent to me by a lady who was recently given this painting in Australia.  It is from his series of agricultural paintings, it depicts two women passing large heavy bails of hay to the men who are on the top of the hay which has already been loaded.  Looks like heavy work.
The painting is unframed at present they always look far better once they have a nice frame.  Many thanks for sharing this painting.

Monday, 22 October 2012

G D Paulraj - Ox Cart through the Banyan Trees

I have been sent this photo of a painting by Paul Raj by a lady whose parents bought in when they visited India in the 1950's.  It is one of the better quality paintings by Paul from his 'big tree' era.  I think they were in Delhi and they got it from an art gallery not from Paul Raj himself.
It is a very nice painting and I like it a lot, it is not dis-similar to a couple of the Paul Raj paintings I own myself.  Many thanks to the family for letting me add this to my blog.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

G D Paulraj - Busy street by a temple

This is the 4th painting owned by the same lady by G D Paulraj, a very nice painting of a busy street near a temple.

Once again the colours are really fresh, it must have been kept away from bright sunlight.  A really attractive painting.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

K C S Paniker - Boat Scene

K C S Paniker was a contemporary of G D Paulaj, Paniker was born in 1911 and died in 1977 and studied in Madras and went onto to be Principal at the college where he studied.  A painting by Paniker has just sold on Ebay for $600 which is quite cheap considering a few years ago one of his more modern paintings sold for $43,000 in the USA.  The painting which just sold today is very bright and was painted in 1948 according to the signature.  More information on him can be found at the following link.

I would be interested to know if anyone can identify the scene or the location was in real or imaginery?  There appears to be a lot of people in boats and some kind of jetty or pier?
The signature is interesting as it seems that Paniker dated his paintings, very helpful to the collector, I wish more artists would do this.  The painting which sold in the USA for $43,000 is below and as you will see this is a quite different style.
I prefer his earlier work but what do I know?  Hope you like this painting. Shame it was not me who bought it.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

G D Paulraj - Fruit Market

Yet another great painting by Paul, this ones shows a number of outdoor market stalls selling fruit.  In the centre is an old man selling baskets.

It is a super painting with crisp colours, a very nice painting.  It belongs to the small person how owns the previous two I have posted.