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The Flight III



The contours of mountains and the flight patterns of birds have fascinated Sabavala ever since he was a child, growing up in western India and Alpine Europe. In 'The Flight III', he brings these visual preoccupations together, orchestrating a magnificent theatre of verticals and horizontals. The verticals, fleshed out in green, ochre, slate, Naples yellow
and sienna, are shafts of colour: torrents flowing down a rock-face, or the multiple spines of a canyon rising to heaven like a wind-hewn cathedral. And against them, the painter releases his horizontal energies: a flock of migrant birds, winging its way from winter's ice and darkness to the countries of summer.

'The Flight III' is imbued with the sudden, inexplicable, miraculous quality of an epiphany: it draws us into the silent, millennial processes of nature, into migration and the turning of the seasons, the transmission of instinct down the generations and the irrelevance, from a stratospheric perspective, of the temporary borders drawn by humans.

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Artist Name

Jehangir Sabavala


610 mm - 24 inches


812 mm - 32 inches




Edition Size 125

About the Artist

Jehangir Ardeshir Sabavala (1922 - 2011) was born to an affluent Parsi family in Bombay (now Mumbai). His mother belonged to the aristocratic Cowasjee Jehangir family. He earned a diploma from Mumbai's Sir J. J. School of Art in 1944. Thereafter he went to Europe and studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, Academie Andre Lhote, Paris Academie Julian (1953?54), and finally at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in 1957. Since 1951, he has held 31 major solo exhibitions across the subcontinent, and in Europe. He has participated in more than 150 group exhibitions all over the world. His work is in several important private and public collections, such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, Parliament House, New Delhi, The Punjab Government Museum, Chandigarh, Air India Mumbai, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, The National gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

About the Art form

A Serigraph is a rendition of an original artwork created by the silk-screen printing process. In the past, the silk-screen printing process used a stencil to create the print of an image or a design. Stencils were used for centuries in the Orient to make fine art prints as well as craft items, fabrics, robes, scriptures and various decorative goods. In Europe, the stencilling technique was adopted by craftsmen for mostly utilitarian purposes. Stencils were also used to add colour to playing cards and religious pictures printed with wood blocks. By 17th century, the technique was being used to print ornate wallpapers. And by late 18th century, stencil printing had made its way to the New World but it was not until the early 20th century that screen printing was started to be used as an artistic medium. The creation of a serigraph is a very labour--ntensive hands-on artistic procedure that requires many weeks to be completed. Before the printing process is started, the artist who created the original image is consulted. Sometimes the artists like to make changes when printing the edition - treating the print as an original rather than a reproduction of an already existing image. At times, even a few changes in the image or the emphasizing of certain colours or design elements can create a dynamic new image.


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