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My wife and my children


The effect of realism on my work and teaching
Gulammohammed Sheikh Artist
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These kinds of genres which have something of street realism were becoming the core of your teaching in a way in Baroda, or the part of your teaching which was most personal. Do you think, do you think that this had already been partly facilitated by KG Subramanyan’s own emphasis on the craft, something more nearer to the vernacular?

I am not sure about that. I don’t think that became part of my educational or pedagogical programme. I think what, I think Bhupen benefitted most from that, and I think he used it in his own work. He actually painted petty tradesmen a little later. I think it sort of gave it a new lease of life and people began to look at company painting in a different sort of way. My interest in that was academic, only basic, only up to a point. I think Subramanyan’s interest must be very different. I do not know about that.

Gulammohammed Sheikh is an Indian painter, writer and art critic who has been a major figure in the Indian art world for half a century. His artistic career is closely associated with the renowned MS University of Baroda in Gujarat where after gaining his Master's degree, Sheikh went on to teach in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and where he was appointed Professor of Painting in 1982.

Listeners: Timothy Hyman

Timothy Hyman is a graduate of Slade School of Fine Art, London, in which he has also taught. In 1980 and 1982, he was Visiting Professor in Baroda, India. Timothy Hyman has curated many significant art exhibitions and has published articles and monographs on both European and Indian artists.

Duration: 1 minute, 3 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2008

Date story went live: 18 November 2010