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.
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I have seen this painting for sale on the web for a number of years, the first time it was framed maybe 10 years ago or more. It appeared on Ebay recently without a frame and with some damage in the shape of a couple of scratches and dents. I got it for the asking price of £100.00 which was fairly expensive considering the damage. My wife liked it as it was quite different to his usual paintings, it is in gouache and the subject matter is unusual, it is unclear what it depicts, could it be the little girl's birthday? Anyway I hope you like it.
The painting below has kindly been sent to me by Mike from Vermont in the USA, he purchased the painting directly from the artist in New Delhi in 1966 while he was in India as part of the Peace Corps. He has kindly allowed me to add the photo to my blog site, it is one the most popular scenes painted by the brothers.
It is a nice painting with deep shadows and powerful trees. Once again I would like to thank Mike for sharing his painting. It is showing a little damage after all these years but would very nice once framed again.
I recently came across these two oil paintings for sale by an antiques dealer in the UK, I made an enquiry about the price but the reply advised that the paintings had already been sold. We do not see very many oil paintings by Paul Raj so it is exciting when they do appear.
A typical cart convoy with trees in oil so it appears to be brighter, maybe the oil paint is retaining the colours better than the watercolours?
The second oil painting is a street scene with vendors selling fruit and vegetables. Both are very nice paintings in original frames from the time that they were painted.
I recently came across a silk scarf which had 21 prints of Air-India coasters printed on it from the 1960s. My wife has got this framed and now it is hanging on the wall in our house. I can remember the coasters from the time I travelled on Air India when my sister and I would collect them. The prints on the scarf are a little larger than the actual drinks coasters. The frame measures 95cm x 95cm.
It is far better framed than in a drawer, it can now be appreciated and you can laugh at some of the different cities depicted in the coasters.