MAQBOOL FIDA “M.F.” HUSAIN
ART BY M.F. HUSAIN: SERIGRAPHS (PRINTS) AVAILABLE
Serigraphs are a type of high quality, limited edition screen print made on high quality paper in collaboration with the artist. A different ‘screen’ or stencil is created for each color, and then ink is pushed through the corresponding stencil onto the paper. This printing process is repeated multiple times, using a separate stencil for each color. A single serigraphic print can have as many as 25 colors or more. Each print is then numbered and signed by the artist. Usually, prints of fewer editions are higher in value.
Maqbool Fida “M.F.” Husain was one of the most celebrated and internationally recognized modern Indian artists of the 20th Century. Acclaimed for his wide range of media and subjects, he tackled topics as diverse as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj and traditional motifs of Indian life across his original paintings, drawings, screen prints and even photographs. From his beginnings as an artist until his death, he also particularly enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses.
Art by M.F. Husain encompassed his many interests and talents. “I enjoy experimenting with various media and ideas in my work because the horizon is so vast and Indian culture is so rich that I believe that who we are culturally today is very unique,” he once said. “I don’t think one lifetime is enough to encompass its many gifts and showcase
them in art.”
M. F. Husain attended the J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. Early in his career, he painted cinema posters and worked for a toy company designing and building products. He was a founding member of the influential Bombay Progressive Artists Group and a respected filmmaker, with his popular film “Gaja Gamini” starring Madhuri Dixit. He was also a member of the Indian Parliament from 1986 to 1992. He spent his last remaining years between Dubai, Doha and London, where he passed away in 2011.
You are welcome to buy artist M. F. Husain’s prints online or view them at our gallery in Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area). All serigraphs are signed by the artist.
A step-by-step demonstration of the serigraphic printing process.