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, 24 December 2013

G D Thyagaraj - Reverse of working in the paddy fields

I first added 'Working in the Paddy fields" back in July 2012 it has just sold on Ebay in December 2013 from a seller in Wales for £58.00.  It has an unfinished painting on the reverse by G D Thyagaraj.
This is one of his popular street market scenes that we have seen many versions of over the years. For some reason it was not finished and the Paddy Fields painting was finished.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Air India - Coaster

Another Air-India drinks coaster must date from the late 1960's is my best guess.  My sister used to have a full set from all the destinations.
This one is just titled 'India' rather than the name of a city.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

G D Thyagaraj - Temple and Market

Recently sold on the internet for £72.00 very reasonable and quite a nice painting with a little foxing.  Shows a temple in the background and a busy market in the street outside by Thyagaraj.
It is a fairly dark moody painting not sure if this was the original intention or if some colours have faded.

P.S. I have just noticed that I have added this painting previously back in June 2012, it must have been lying low and has re-emerged.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

G D Paulraj - Harvesting

This is a bit of a milestone being my 300th posting to the blog.  It is a painting by G D Paulraj showing some threshing of the crops following the harvesting.  It is a very nice painting.
The colours in this painting are first class it does not seem to have faded at all.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Jamini Roy - In his studio

I thought I would start to add some information on Jamini Roy who was born in the district of Bankura in West Bengal in 1887.  At the age of 16 years he went to Calcutta and joined the Government School of Art.

He started as a portrait painter in olis and by the age of 30 years he was India's most sought after portrait painter.

This shows him in his studio with some of his paintings on the wall behind him.