PRESENTING a GLORIOUS Contemporary piece of Art by a recognized Indian Master – Paresh Maity Watercolor on Board – Encounter I.
This piece has impeccable Provenance !
It was purchased by a Private Dallas Collector at Sotheby’s New York Auction on 18th September 2008. Lot No. 30.
Sotheby’s operate a twice yearly auction of Southeast Asian Art & Antiquities in New York in the months of March and September.
This sale was titled “Modern & Contemporary Indian Art”.
The Lot consisted of a Group of 3 Watercolors by Babu Xavier, Paresh Maity and Ranjit Kurmi. (b.1960, b.1965, b.1970) Three Untitled Works.
Signed and dated ‘Paresh Maity ’02 lower right, watercolor and ink on paper. ….. 5.6 x 3.6 (14 x 9 cm)”.
Exhibited: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Modern Indian Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, April 8 – June 11 2006.
The Provenance is given as: “Property of Private Maryland Collectors”.
The 3 watercolors carried an Auction estimate of USD 3,000 to USD 4,000 and Sold for USD 4,000 (not including Buyers Premium).
Allowing for inflation alone this would be over $6,000 in today’s value.
As an added bonus and proof of authenticity the painting still retains it’s original Sotheby’s Lot No. Label.
It has substantially increased in value over the years as a HIGHLY DESIRABLE piece from an exhibited and highly collected Modern Indian Master painter.
We also possess the Babu Xavier watercolor in our Collection !!
Paresh Maity was born in Tamluk, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata and graduated at the top of his class with a Masters of Fine Arts from the Delhi College of Arts.
Paresh Maity has 79 Solo Exhibitions in forty years of his career. In early years he did many watercolors of different locations. He gradually moved from atmospheric scenery to representations of the human form. His more recent paintings are bold and have graphic quality, with a strong color and unusual cropping. His works are in a number of collections, including the British Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
He has painted the longest painting in India, that stretches up to over 850 feet. In August 2010, his 55th solo show with watercolour paintings based on the last 15 poems of poet Rabindranath Tagore, Shesh Lekha (The Last Writings, 1941), opened at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
79 Solo Exhibitions worldwide.
- 2017 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, presented by Art Musings
- 2017 : Forty Years of Watercolour, Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi, presented by Art Alive Gallery
- 2017 : Lalit Kala Academi, Chennai presented by Gallery Sumukha
- 2017 : Art Stage Singapore, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- 2016 : ‘Beyond Horizons’, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
- 2016 : Art 16 presented by Gallery Sumukha, Olympia, London
- 2016 : Art Stage Singapore, presented by Sanchit Art, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- 2015 : CIMA Gallery, Birla Academi of Art & Culture, Kolkata
- 2015 : Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney, Australia
- 2015 : Art 15 presented by Gallery Sumukha, Olympia, London
- 2015 : Art Stage Singapore, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- 2014 : The Arts House, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Singapore
- 2014 : Art Stage Singapore, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- 2014 : Art 14, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Olympia, London
- 2013 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in collaboration with Art Musings
- 2013 : Art 13, London Olympia, Singapore presented by Gallery Sumukha
- 2013 : Visual Arts Gallery, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Hong Kong
- 2012 : ‘Eternal Landscape’, joint show with Ram Kumar at ICIA, Mumbai
- 2012 : Solo Exhibition Chennai presented by Gallery Sumukha as a part of Chennai Art Festival
- 2012 : The Arts House, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Singapore
- 2012 : Art Stage Singapore, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- 2012 : ‘Kolkata Taj Bengal’, presented by Jaguar Land Rover with Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
- 2011 : Chivas Studio, New Delhi and Mumbai
- 2011 : Gallery Sumukha in association with Wei-Ling Contemporary, Malaysia in Bangalore & Kuala Lumpur
- 2011 : Art Stage Singapore, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- 2011 : ‘Shesh Lekha’, Poems by Rabindranath Tagore translated in English by Pritish Nandy
- 2011 : interpreted by Paresh Maity, NGMA, New Delhi, Mumbai, supported by Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
- 2011 : ‘Shesh Lekha’, Tao Gallery, Mumbai and CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
- 2010 : Joint show with Steve McCurry, Chicago, Tourism Centre in association with Art Alive Gallery.
- 2010 : Group show, Shizaru Art Gallery, London
- 2010 : ‘The World on a Canvas’, Art Alive Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
- 2009 : Montage, Moments & Memories, Art Musings, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
- 2008 : Gallery Sumukha, Chennai
- 2018 : An Enchanting Journey, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
- 2007 : CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
- 2006 : Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto, USA
- 2006 : Visual Arts Gallery, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Hong Kong
- 2005 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in collaboration with Art Musings
- 2005 : Arts India, New York. Gallery in Cork Street, London, in association with ICICI Bank
- 2004 : Alliance Francaise, Singapore, presented by Gallery Sumukha with Easel, Singapore. CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata
- 2003 : ‘Shapes in Symphony’, Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi
- 2002 : Arts India, New York; Venetian Odyssey, British Council, New Delhi
- 2002 : Tagore Centre, Berlin, Germany
- 2001 : ‘Venetian Odyssey’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; British Council, New Delhi
- 2001 : Philip Gallery, London
- 2000 : CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata; Gallerie Aspekte, Germany
- 2000 : ‘Venetian Odyssey’, Hotel Aryanbika, Debrecen, Hungar; Gallerie Mohanjeet, Paris
- 1999 : Two Decades of Classic Watercolours, Shridharani, Triveni Kala Sangam,
- 1999 : Gallerie Ganesha,and British Council, New Delhi; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
- 1998 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
- 1997 : CIMA Gallery, Kolkata; Aquarell International, Thun, Switzerland
- 1996 : Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi; Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi
- 1996 : Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi; ARKS Gallery, London
- 1996 : Paracelsus Rotenfleskdinik Ausgestelt, in association with Galerie Aspekte, Germany
- 1995 : Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
- 1994 : British Council, Kolkata; Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi; The Gallery, Chennai
- 1994 : Galerie Aspekte, German; Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
- 1993 : Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi; All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi
- 1992 : Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi; Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
- 1992 : Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai; Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu; Windsor Manor, Bangalore
- 1991 : Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi; Gallery Katayun, Kolkata; Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai
- 1990 : Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi; Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
- 1989 : Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
- 1988 : Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
- 1986 : Good Companions, Kolkata
- 2017 : Award from Bihar Government
- 2016 : Eastern Eye Editor’s Special Award for contribution in field of art in Royal Festival Hall, London
- 2014 : Padma Shri Award by Government of India
- 2014 : Cartier Award,St. Moritz. Switzerland Art Masters
- 2013 : Hall of Fame by Hello (Times of India Group)
- 2013 : Sera Bengali Award in Kolkata by ABP
- 2012 : Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture & Education
- 2005 : Indo-American Society
- 2002 : Royal Watercolour Society, London
- 1999 : Harmony Award, Mumbai
- 1993 : British Council Visitorship
- 1992 : Pt. Ravishankar Award from College of Art, New Delhi
- 1990 : All India Fine Arts and Craft Society Award for 62nd All India Art Exhibition,
- 1990 : New Delhi; Award for Outstanding Painting, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata;
- 1990 : All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award for Best Watercolour Painting, New Delhi
- 1989 : National Scholarship Award, Government of India
- 1988 : Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Celebration Award
- 1988 : Governor’s Gold Medal from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
- 1987 : Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Celebration Award
- 1986 : Award, Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
- 1985 : Award, Government of West Bengal for Best Water Colour Painting Award,
- 1985 : Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
- 1983 : Gold Medal, USSR
Paresh Maity’s works are featured in several private and public collections across the world which include:
- Leela Palace, New Delhi, Chennai
- Ritz Carlton, Bengaluru
- Crown Plaza, London
- Quilon, London
- Leela Palace, Chennai
- Steller International Art Foundation, London
- British Museum, London
- Rubin Museum of Art, New York
- National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
- Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
- Oberoi Group of Hotels; ITC Limited
- Welcomgroup Hotels; Tata Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.
- Kirloskar; DCM Group of Companies
- Jindal Group of Companies; Singhania Group of Companies
- Standard Chartered Bank; Citibank; Ranbaxy Laboratories
- Godrej; Eicher Group; Dr. Reddy’s; Thapar Group
- Williamson Magor Limited; RPG Industries
- TAFE; Hindustan Computers Limited; Hindustan Lever
- CIPLA; SIEL: Jalans; MAX India; Mayo College, Ajme;
- Commonwealth Development Corporation, London
- Noon Group, London; Mathys Medical (P) Ltd.
- T-3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
- Residency at Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House, India) 2016
- Represented in several private and public collections all over the world.
- Lives and works in New Delhi, India
It has 3 labels to the rear:
(1) “EIND, NOP 3, 3GMT2 Group of Three Watercolors: Paresh Maity”.
(2) “PM #30”
(3) Encounter I, Paresh Maity, 4 x 5, Watercolor on board, $650, Inquiries – Gallery Artsindia, 212.725.6092/www.artsindia.com, 206 Fifth Avenue at 25th Street”.
Collectors will be aware of the story of Subhash Kapoor, who owned and operated Arts India in NYC up to 2011. It appears that Mr. Kapoor was allegedly involved in the smuggling of antiquities from India over a period of 30 years and he was deported to India to stand trial since 2012. He also has been indicted in NYC. It is important to note, however, that despite this painting having his store’s retail label attached it is most DEFINITELY NOT a stolen or smuggled piece of art. It is a contemporary work of art and not subject to ANY Indian laws restricting it’s export and sale. The ‘artsindia’ label only adds to the intrigue !!!
Paresh Maity Watercolor on Board – Encounter I
Provenance: See above.
Condition: Excellent (in original frame under glass).
Dimensions: Frame: 14″ x 14″
Panel: 5.6 x 3.6 (14 x 9 cm)