When most artists are happy to host big exhibitions of their own work, LR Gandhi has a different idea — he showcases replicas of classic masterpieces done by famous painters, who inspired him when he was young.
They still inspire him, and this is evident from the collection he has at his gallery-cum-home. A host of replicas adorn the walls, nestled among his own creations for the last 35 years.
Gandhi’s gallery will feature 20 paintings, including replicas of artwork by Pablo Picasso, Velazquez, Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre Auguste Renoir, and some of his own work.
“Art has crossed several milestones in the three decades of my career. Earlier, everything had to be painted from the paint brush. Now we can use software to make digital paintings,” says Gandhi.
He is glad that Gurgaon has a rising number of art connoisseurs. “People now have an eye for art and they don’t mind investing in it. I sold 10 paintings at three exhibitions I held last year,” he says. The replicas cost between R1 lakh and R2 lakh. “Painting a replica seems easy but it is a demanding task. One has to match the exact texture, stroke and style. Any good masterpiece would take me at least two months and a huge investment,” he adds.
Currently, Gandhi is working on a series of paintings inspired by Hindu mythology; he will show incarnations of Lord Vishnu. “There are 24 incarnations, but I will add one more to the list,” says Gandhi. “The last avatar of Lord Vishnu, in my mind, was Mahatma Gandhi.”