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    Posted 27 days ago

    kwqd
    (769 items)

    My artist of the month for April, a bit early. I have been thinking about doing a post for this artist for some time. I really like his use of light, shadow and color.

    Gideon D. Arul Raj was born 2 August 1925 in Kodiakanal, India. He studied art at the Government School of Arts and Crafts in India. He later attended art school in Madras, South India, where he studied the art of watercolor painting. After the end of WWII he moved to Laguna Beach, CA. In California he painted and exhibited his watercolors of India and California.

    The Walter Foster Company published a book that described his painting techniques in the 1960s. I have a copy of this book. It is a paperback, 31 pages, 11" x 17", with dozens of images of Raj's watercolors at various stages of completeness. It is really a "How to paint like Raj" book. The book also contains samples of the color palette that Raj used. I think his work is interesting, but he is not well listed, appearing only in California Watercolors by McClelland and Last. I have a few other paintings by him, but the composition and colors are pretty similar. I think that more biographical information is now available for him since I published my brief biography over ten years ago. I has been a while since I did any new research on this artist.

    Raj died in June of 1975.

    unnamed, G. D. Arul Raj, 8" x 11.75", watercolor on heavy paper
    unnamed, G. D. Arul Raj, 18" x 24", watercolor on artist board
    unnamed, G. D. Arul Raj, 8" x 11.75", watercolor on heavy textured paper
    unnamed, G. D. Arul Raj, 8" x 11.75", watercolor on heavy paper

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    Comments

    1. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 27 days ago
      Really nice summery colours here, I love the way the soft shadows and light look, they're so well done!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 27 days ago
      Great collection of watercolours.
    3. Newfld Newfld, 27 days ago
      They're all lovely, I esp like the one with the cowherd
    4. kwqd kwqd, 27 days ago
      Thanks LaurenRedmond! Arul Raj was pretty good.

      Thanks Kevin! I've always liked his work.

      Thanks Jenni! I like that one, too.

      Thanks Jenni, Kevin, Radegunder, aura, Watchsearcher and dav2no1!
    5. Celiene Celiene, 26 days ago
      I absolutely LOVE these! Watercolor is my favorite. His use of shadow is indeed superb!
    6. Celiene Celiene, 26 days ago
      It's almost like he painted the actual heat of India!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 26 days ago
      Thanks for your comments Celiene! He was very effective at conveying the moment in the scenes that he painted. I bought these years ago and was a bit surprised to see what they are selling for now. I have a few more in my collection but I don't think I made images of them and all of them are in storage. He was pretty prolific so it is not difficult to find his work. I vaguely recall corresponding with one of his sons a few times.

      Thanks for loving my Arul Raj watercolors fortapache, ho2cultcha, Celiene and jscott0363!
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 26 days ago
      I see what Celiene means. In painting two, the sky is hazy. On very hot days, heat tends to “fill up the sky”. I love the adobes, and the Brahma’s look real. These are absolutely beautiful!
    9. Theonlyone Theonlyone, 26 days ago
      nice love the style..of the work...nice collection ..
    10. kwqd kwqd, 26 days ago
      Thanks for your comments, Eileen. For a color junkie, like me, these were irresistible. Arul Raj definitely knew his subject matter, too!

      Thanks for your comments, Theonlyone! I really like artists who have a distinctive style who I can recognize without looking at the signature on their work.

      Thanks for loving my G. D. Arul Raj watercolors Theonlyone, Alfie21, Thomas and Eileen!
    11. Theonlyone Theonlyone, 26 days ago
      yes ( Thanks for your comments, Theonlyone! I really like artists who have a distinctive style who I can recognize without looking at the signature on their work. ) I feel the same way once you do a study on them ,I enjoy Cobelle's art which I only have one but its one I like,.. but he was a crazy guy and you had to catch him and his art on a good day like most artist I guess or you end up with their junk..smiling,... enjoy the day ...
    12. kwqd kwqd, 22 days ago
      Thanks for loving my Arul Raj watercolors Vynil33rpm and plein-air-painter!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 20 days ago
      Thank you delfslb!
    14. colleenamareena colleenamareena, 14 days ago
      I just found one of his paintings last week, and found your post through a google search. Thanks so much for the info! Off to look up more about him (and his equally talented brothers!)!
    15. kwqd kwqd, 14 days ago
      The !s for commenting colleenamarenna! Congrats on your new painting. If you go to my profile, there is a link to my art collection web site. Arul Raj is on my California page.
    16. kwqd kwqd, 14 days ago
      Thanks artfoot!
    17. kwqd kwqd, 12 days ago
      Thanks SEAN68!

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