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:

Saturday, 23 February 2013

G D Arulraj - Studio 1967

I have just been contacted by David who shared a studio with Arul for a while in 1967, he has found a photograph of Arul standing in his half of the studio in front of a selection of paintings by both Arul and his brother Paulraj.
In the foreground on the table can be seen copies of the book called "From INDIA paintings by Arul Raj" which was published by Walter T Foster.  Still available to buy from Ebay today.

Even more incredible is that I own the centre painting resting on the floor, which is a Paulraj painting.  I purchased four paintings in 2009 from California from Ebay.  The other two are by Arul.  My wife has also recognised the painting leaning against the sidewall on the floor.  We also own that one and it is painted by Paulraj's wife Pankajam Paulraj.  I have added copies of the two paintings in the past but have added them again today so viewers can compare.  It has helped date both paintings to around 1967.
And below is the one by Pankajam Paulraj as well.

This makes me think of the theory "Six degrees of separation" which says that Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

My thanks to David for agreeing that I can add his photo of Arul in the studio and for information on Arul that he has given me.


  1. Most connections in this universe have yet to be understood. :-)

  2. My sister and I just inherited two original watercolors by Arul Raj along with an old copy of "From INDIA paintings by Arul Raj" published by Walter T Foster.

    Is EBay the only way to find out current value of the Raj brothers' art?

  3. Hi there, some Art sites track sale prices but they can charge you to access the information. I have recorded a number of prices on the blog which may be of help. Many Aruj Raj paintings sell any where from $100 to $400. Some buyers do ask a lot more but they tend to be around for ever. It really depends on the quality of your painting and the subject matter. Any chance of sharing a photo of your paintings? My email address is available at the top of the blog page.