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, 31 July 2012

Buying Masks in Nepal 1971

I have just been looking through an old journal I kept in 1971 when the family did a big tour of India and I have found a photograph of my father buying some carved wooden masks in Nepal. 
While gardening the other day I noticed one of the masks hanging from our apple tree.  It has been hanging on the tree as we had noticed in an attack of wood worm.  It was therefore taken out of the house as we did not want the wood worm to spread.  It has been there for around 15 years and in that time it has been covered by lichen and other forms of slow growing organisms and looks even more frighteneing than it did in 1971.
We have now moved it from the apple tree to our back gate, I think it is the lower left mask in the first photo.  Another Indian Influence!!!!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

G D Arulraj - Carts outside of the office

This is a nice watercolour by G D Arulraj the photo was sent to me by a gentleman in the USA.  It was originally given to his grandparents in Laguna HIlls, California around 1962.  They were artists and it is possible they knew Arul and this is how the obtained the painting.
It is a little unusual as it seems to show some industrial chimneys in the background spewing out some smoke.  I have not seen one like this before.  It shows a nice group of cattle with carts waiting outside of  an office as if they are waiting for their next task.  Thanks Tom for sending me the photo.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

G D Thyagaraj - Temple through the trees

Been away for a couple of weeks so need to post some more paintings.  Would like to add some photos from my break but not relevant to 'Indian Influences'!  Today is yet another from Thyagaraj showing a temple through the leaves of a golden tree.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

G D Thyagaraj - Working in the paddy fields

Yet another by Thyagaraj this one shows a group of women working in the paddy field next to a house in the village.
Quite a colourful painting, we have had some very big storms last week here in the UK with a lot of flooding, a bit unusual for June!  It seemed like the monsoon with lots of thunder and lightning as well.