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, 16 September 2017

"Hour of the Cowdust" Exhibition

I was contacted by Kiran who has let me know about an exhibition of Indian Landscapes by G D Paul Raj at his local museum

The exhibition shows a considerable number of G D Pal Raj's watercolours and runs from 8th September until 30th September 2017.  See the poster below for details.

I do not believe I have seen any of the works on the poster before, it is a shame but I am unable to attend the exhibition.  If anyone has been and took some photographs I would look to seem them, my contact email is on the top of my blog. Many thanks to Kiran for alerting me to the exhibition, I was away on vacation in Croatia at the time.

Monday, 4 September 2017

G D Arulraj - Cows in the shade

A very nice painting by Arul showing cows standing in the shade with a wrought iron gate in the background.
Also a well painted tree. Sold by an internet auction site in 2017.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

G D Thyagaraj - Street scene

This sold at auction for £85.00 in the UK in 2017 quite a reasonable price and it is a nice street scene by Thyagaraj.
A very typical painting showing everyday life on the street.

Monday, 17 July 2017

M S Devasahayam - Buffalo

I recently came across this painting by M S Devasahayam who was a contemporary of the Raj brothers.  I had not see his works before but there are a lot on the internet.  Similar kind of style.  Hope you like this work.
I understand that this one dates from 1961 and it only cost Rs/-20.00

Saturday, 15 July 2017

G D Thyagaraj - Market and Mosque

I was contacted by Daniel in the USA who sent me a photo of a painting he owns by Thyagaraj showing a Market and Mosque scene.  It was framed in Karachi, I have added a photo of the framers details I wonder if the shop is still in the market?  It was probably framed way back in the 1940's or 50's.
I would like to thank Daniel for allowing me to add his painting to the blog.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

G D Paulraj - House and cows

This is a nice painting by G D Paulraj of a small village house with three cows standing around outside.
I do not think I have added this one previously? It is becoming more difficult to remember especially as many themes are repeated time and time again with only slight differences.

Friday, 28 April 2017

G D Paulraj - Washing clothes in the river

This is by G D Paulraj showing a group of women cleaning clothes in the stream or small river.  Nice looking painting with old frame.
Great trees in the bend in the river and the colours are still fresh after all this  time.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Oil Painting of Kanchenjunga

My mother purchased an oil painting around 1965 in Calcutta it is approximately 36" x 24" it depicts a mountain in Nepal called Kanchenjunga which I believe is the 3rd largest in the world.
It is signed in the bottom right hand corner is yellow paint and dated.  There also appears some writing in red paint just below and left of the main signature which is overpainted and not readable?
The signature in yellow might read "h shah 1966" does anyone have any better ideas?
I have done some Googling and have not found any similar painting by an H Shah.  I did find a famous artist 'Himmat Shah" but his works seem different.  Can anyone come up with any suggestions?

Monday, 27 March 2017

G D Paulraj - Chequers game

The watercolour today is a little different from Paulraj being that is shows some detail of a group of women playing some kind of game maybe chequers?
Quite a colourful painting and attractive as well.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

G D Arulraj - Evening Walk

Today is a watercolour by Arul Raj showing a man at dusk taking a few cows home for the night.
It is an intense painting with bright light from the setting sun.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

G D Thyagaraj - Temple in the lake

Watercolour of a lake or tank with a temple showing.
Quite a moody painting with the misty background and the violet hues.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

G D Paulraj - Home time

Another very nice painting by Paul Raj showing cattle being herded along a road.
Mountains are visible in the background and the trees do not have much foliage.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

G D Paulraj - Separating the wheat from the chaff

I have been quiet lazy for a few months and had not posted anything on my blog so I have made an effort today and found this great painting by G D Paulraj of a group of women who are separating the wheat from the chaff.

It is signed in the bottom right corner by G D Paulraj.