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June 22, 2012 / Puneesh Suri

a | vivid tale

Inside the heart of the heart of India, lives an artist who hasn’t sold any of his early artworks but has just one left in his possession. These early artworks happened over five decades ago.

Pujaaran | Watercolours on Paper
(Ravi’s only surviving artwork from 1950)

Ravinder Kumar Suri a.k.a Ravi spends hours experimenting with pretty much everything that’s around him inside his humble home-studio in Karol Bagh, New Delhi. His romance with this creative process began in 1950 when he started painting using watercolors as his medium of expression. In 1956, Ravi held his first and only exhibition showcasing over 30 artworks. Among some beautiful paintings and murals were a few life-size art installations created by meticulously bending aluminum wires, a form that expanded his creative spectrum towards the unique and unconventional.

Ravinder Kumar Suri

During one of our many conversations inside his studio, I found out that Ravi’s love for art remained platonic for over five decades. He dropped the brush in 1960 with no thoughts of ever picking it up again.

Urban Chaos | Watercolours & Flour on Paper

Since Ravi was never a commercial artist, he failed to quote a price for his existing artworks. He would happily give away his paintings to friends or relatives who appreciated his work. He vaguely remembers giving some away to random admirers appearing out of nowhere. Whatever remained as the residue of Ravi’s generosity was destroyed by a heavy storm during the mid 60s.

The Thumb | Watercolours on Paper

In 2008, Ravi was motivated by his eldest grandson Girish Suri to go back to pigments and brushes. It was quite a struggle for Ravi to shed the dust off his shoulders initially.

Ascension | Watercolours on Paper

Moving from one failure to another, Ravi’s willingness to create kept him going. After 2 years of undying commitment and hard work, his thoughts and skills started to evolve.

Stellar | Watercolours on Paper

He started discovering and inventing surreal techniques using knives, forks, combs, fabrics, flour and many other tools and mediums that inspire him to create.

Dhyaaan | Pencil on Paper

When asked about his plans, here is what Ravi had to say: “I will not stop doing what I do as I do it purely for the sake of art and not money. If money happens, it happens.”




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  1. dinartsilva / Jun 22 2012 02:28

    Reblogged this on dinartsilva.

  2. Shibani / Jun 22 2012 07:00

    Most touching and very well written!

  3. Sumit Suri / Jun 24 2012 10:15

    Gr8 work…so proud of Daddy…Puneesh just try & organize an art exhibition of his works!

  4. Anonymous / Jun 25 2012 09:05

    Prabhudyal aapki leela nyari hai rajansuri

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