A master sculptor and painter, B. Vithal was born in Maharashtra in 1935. He studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. He had an innate understanding of the human form which found different modes of expression in his sculptures and paintings. His sculptural works were colossal, known for their monumentality. On the other hand, his paintings captured the personal and the intimate sphere of human beings. His thorough mastery of the human form can be attributed ti his study at the Sir J.J. School of Art which was a school filled with large sculpture casts of the Greek and Roman sculptures. Ar Sir J.J. School, emphasis was liad on the study of the human form through live model studio classes. It was also here that he met his wife and fellow artist B Prabha. They were married in 1956 and had a joint show of their works in the same year. Vithal mostly painted on large canvases and handled the entire surface with ease. His canvases are not precursors to his sculptures; his ability to switch from the 3 dimensions to the 2 dimensions is noteworthy. Vithal played with his canvases, he moved them all around, working on them from all directions, creating unusual in textures and depths. Horses, musicians, nudes, and people of Maharashtra are some of the most painted subjects by the artist. While he is know for the bulls, which exuded sheer power and force, his paintings of the horse he is more playful and experiments with their form and translating it in 2 dimensions. Vithal who lived and worked in Mumbai passed away in 1992.
Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
Selected Posthumous Exhibitions
2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Agape', Hacienda Art Gallery, MumbaiBack to Artists View Artworks of B. Vithal