The Lines of Love....
Her name Sneh translates to love and it was this love for art that motivated her to pursue painting despite her family’s disapproval. A National Award winner twice over (1993, 1997), her miniature paintings have been featured in National Geographic and are known for their offbeat subjects, like painting scenes from the poems of great India poets such as Nirala Mahadevivarma, Jai Shankarprasad and Kabir Das. Her distinctive style has made a traditional art form come alive and she hopes to pass on her artistry to the next generation of artists. We are delighted to have Dr. Gangal's work as part of our collection.
A blues man for the ages....
Mr. Saini's name is synonymous with blue pottery. That his work is special is evident when he tells you that his pieces can be found in the homes of Presidents and Prime Ministers. He takes pride in being able to bring innovation to an art form that is as old as human civilization. Mr. Saini has revived an art that had been in sharp decline over the last 100 years. His inspirations span geography and time - and one should not be surprised to find some of his works reflect the sensibilities of Europe or of the Indus Valley Civilization. His work was recognized with the National Award in 2009, and Ram Gopal is most proud of his works not commonly associate with blue pottery - animal figurines, large-sized pots, and lattice work. He continues to craft his magic in the by-lanes of Rajasthan and has inspired many others to follow suit.
Weaving metal through wood....
It is not often one comes across someone so adept at their craft that they are able to transform the physical properties of the materials they use for their work. Copper, silver, and bronze become threads and rosewood becomes the cloth on which patterns of exquisite beauty are embroidered. Mr. Sharma is a master craftsman of an art form known as Tarkashi - inlaying metal wires into wood. His patterns and motifs harken back to the days of the Rajputs and the Mughals. Recognized with National Award in 2013-14, he has crafted wooden boxes, picture frames, pots, lanterns and many other object found in a Rajasthani household.
The Paper (mache) King!
When Mr. Beigh was making his National Award Winning entry, he says that he lost track of time. What forces led him to create this exquisite piece of art remain a mystery - but one thing is self-evident - the result was extraordinary! Driven by the desire to create pieces that transcend geography and culture, Mr. Beigh's art has a quality that makes them instantly lovable - much like their creator. Hailing from Kashmir, the etheral beauty of his land and people makes its way into his plates, lamps, and boxes. He masters in the shadowing technique invented and practiced only by him, which makes his paper mache truly unparalleled. His only wish - that his art form gets its due recognition globally and that his patrons recognize the love and effort that goes into creating this unique art.
The Miniature Giant...
Mr. Lakhiwal mastered dexterity at the age most children learn to hold a pencil, , but it was his innocent fascination with colour, pigment, and light that laid the groundwork for his success. He explored the ancient art of miniature painting at the young age of six. Today, he creates for his personal satisfaction without conforming to the tourist market or business attraction. This absolute devotion preserves his rare style and escalates his artistic appeal; furthermore, it has won him a PadmaShri, the UNESCO/CCI- 2005 Excellence Award in South Africa for Miniature Painting, State level honour by the Delhi Government, and deemed him a National Awardee for Excellence in Craftsmanship.
Mr. Lakhiwal's originality upholds the value of miniature paintings, leaving his masterpieces hidden gems in the sea of mass produced replicas. He has left his mark in India on famed structures like Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Minister’s Residence, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, Metro Stations and Anandpur Saheb Museum.
Weaving Threads of Tradition.....
Kilim rugs are the perfect product that stands for the amalgamation of modernity with traditional handicrafts. These rugs flat weave tapestries, popularly used as decorative floor coverings in modern house décor, add a vintage layer to the contemporary setting. Deftly created by interweaving the multiple coloured wefts and warps together, this craft requires utmost patience and persistence, both of which Mr. Ahmad is a master. He beams with pride as he speaks of a Mughal Hunting design he once carved, patiently weaving half an inch every day for fifteen gruesome months. The elegant design stands for every bit of his hard work. A National Award recipient himself, his interest in the craft was inspired by his father who was himself a National and Shilp Guru Award winner for his kilim rug weaving skills. As a pioneering handicraft artist himself, Mr. Ahmad wishes that the dexterous craft continues to thrive and provides training to ensure the same. We are proud to showcase his meticulously woven products on Craft Maestros.
Carving Lives in Gold....
At the age of just fourteen years, Mr. Soni found his calling when he carved a piece in a competition that the judges could not believe could have been made by a fourteen-year-old! Inspired by the acclamation of the judges and his father’s skills in the field, Mr. Soni pursued the sophisticated and rigorous craft of Thewa Jewellery. Traditionally used to depict the art and culture of the Mughal period, Thewa jewellery throbs with life and elegance. Mr. Soni’s expertise in the craft is evident from his work on a six-inch box that took him five years’ worth of precision and steady hard work. Thewa jewellery requires an infusion of intricate gold-work on delicate glass, easily breakable but Mr. Soni has mastered this skill and his years of experience earned him a national award in 2016. Craft Maestros is pleased to present Mr. Soni’s brilliant and unique work.