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Morning Walk on Juhu Beach turns the celebrated image of Gandhi being led by a child who has taken hold of his staff into a palimpsest. A tender image cast in austere greys and browns, it is held in counterpoint by a medallion inset into the picture space: painted in the kitsch style and loud colour of the bazaar print or the illustration in the Indian school textbook, the medallion depicts the fable of the monkey who adjudicates in a quarrel between two cats and swindles them out of the bread-loaf they have been arguing over. (Ranjit Hoskote, "Re-imagining Bapu", An Artist of Non-violence, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, pg.22-23 )
About Atul Dodiya - Limited edition offset printsThe collection "Re-Imagining Bapu" includes limited edition prints of paintings from Atul Dodiya’s solo show, “An Artist of Non-violence”, held at Gallery Chemould in 1999. Among the artists and figures who fuelled his artistic creations, Mahatma Gandhi featured in a large body of works. His fascination with Gandhi resulted in a series of works featuring Bapu from the 1980s onwards. As art critic Ranjit Hoskote puts it, Gandhi does not appear in Dodiya’s works as a person in a familiar setting, but as a force to be reckoned with. They showcase Atul’s versatility as an artist, and a “spectrum of moods through which Bapu passed...as a peaceful revolutionary.” (Gallery Chemould exhibition catalogue, 1999)