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 (born 1965) is an Indian painter. He is a prolific painter in a short career span.  
Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri.
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)