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:

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

G D Thyagaraj - Removing the husks

Water colour by G D Thyagaraj one of his agricultural workers scenes in this painting they are removing the husks bu throwing the grain in the air to let the breeze blow the husks away.
 It is a colourful scene with maybe a 'Flame in the Forest' tree in the background.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

G D Paulraj - Sunny Road

This painting shows a fantastic sunny road with a convoy of carts coming through the light by G D Paulraj.  It is a very clever painting.  I could not find if I have added it to the blog previously but it is a nice painting so no harm done if I have.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hooghly Ink Co Ltd Sign

A little while ago (It might have been in 2011) I came across an advert for some selling a business sign depicting the details of the 'Hooghly Ink Company Ltd' I do not know where he acquired the sign!
I cannot believe that there has been more than one ink company with this name.  This is the company where my father worked for in India between 1947 to 1975.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Colonel George Strahan - Dal Lake

This painting caught my eye recently it was painted by Colonel George Strahan (1839-1913) it is of the Dal Lake in Kashmir.  I recognise the profile of the mountains overlooking the lake and feel I have a photo of the same view taken from the Cuttysark houseboat which I stayed on in the 1970's.
I am not exactly sure of the date it was painted, but I like it.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

G D Paulraj - Lunchtime

Painting by Paulraj in very poor condition cracked, faded and no frame.  But the composition is interesting, showing a women sitting under a Banyan tree cooking with an open fire.
It appeared for sale at an auction in Australia, I do not know what it sold for.