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A forthcoming solo exhibition by British artist and sculptor Lincoln Seligman celebrates his enduring love for India

From men in bright flowing turbans and Maharajas riding in Rollers with their noble cheetah companions, to the sweeping landscapes and majestic architecture of temples and ancient step wells, India has long been an inspiration for the artist Lincoln Seligman, whose upcoming London show will exhibit 40 luminous new paintings that tell the story of his recent travels in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

While the creative urge was always within him, Lincoln’s early life focused on more practical concerns. Born in 1950, he read law at Balliol College, Oxford, with a view to getting a ‘proper’ job. But the canvas kept calling to him and, after six ‘boring’ years in a shipping practice, painting only at weekends, he had amassed enough works to hold an exhibition. In 1980, he abandoned City life forever.

Lincoln’s connections with India hark back to his childhood immersion in the Just So Stories and The Jungle Book, written by his mother’s godfather, Rudyard Kipling, who was also a family friend and neighbour.  His paternal grandmother, Hilda Seligman, was an artist who lived in the Indian Himalayas.  One of her most renowned works – a bronze statue of the shepherd boy who went on to found a dynasty, King Chandra Gupta (circa 275 BC) – stands outside the Indian Parliament in New Delhi.  Another famous family friend and portrait subject for Hilda was the exiled Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile  Selassie, revered as a deity, Selassie lived with Hilda in Wimbledon.

During his latest Indian journey, Seligman stayed with the Maharaja of  Pochina, spent a day with tribesmen on a farm, rode out on camels in the Manvar desert, and marvelled at the stonework and winding streets in the fortress city of Jaisalmer. The sketches and mini-water colours he made on location, as well as a series of photos, formed the basis for the acrylic-on-canvas paintings he later created in his London studio at Ravenscourt Park – paintings he describes as a very ‘English take’ on India.

This latest exhibition, he hopes, ‘will bear testament to my abiding love of the place’. It may also entice some new travellers and art-lovers to the vibrant beauties of India.

 

Artist : Lincoln Seligman
Dates : 23rd May -13th June
Location : Osborne Studio Gallery, 2 Motcomb St, Belgravia, LondonSW1X 8JU
Entry : Free admission to the gallery
Website : www.osg.uk.com

 

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