SAYED HAIDER “S.H.” RAZA
ART BY S.H. RAZA: 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.
A prolific Indian artist and printmaker, Sayed Haider “S. H.” Raza was a renowned modern Indian artist of the 20th Century. He was a founding member of the Progressive Artists Group in 1948 along with M. F. Husain, K. H. Ara and F. N. Souza. Shortly after in 1950, he won a French government scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and he continued to live in France for most of his life while maintaining close ties with India.
S.H. Raza is known for his original abstract paintings that reference Indian icons and philosophy. His style evolved throughout his life, beginning with rigid representations of French towns in the early 1950s and later focusing on pure geometric shapes in the 1970s. He slowly became more interested in conveying the metaphorical landscape of the human mind, rather than the idyllic countryside.
In an effort to translate emotion and thought into image, art by S. H. Raza often depicted the concentric circle, or ‘Bindu.’ Sacred in its symbolism, the Bindu represents the seed’s potential for life. It was also personally important to him as a reminder of his heritage. He said, ‘‘For me, Bindu is a point where I focus my energy and my mind. It has become like the Swadharm in the Bhagavad Gita (the notion of one’s truth). Focusing means fixing one’s energy on one thing and not ten things, since the latter is a distraction of energy.”
S.H. Raza received many prestigious awards including the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. He was also conferred with the highest French civilian honor, the Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), in 2015. He passed away in New Delhi in 2016.
You are welcome to buy artist S.H. Raza’s prints online or view them at our gallery in Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area).