Born in Bombay in 1946, Shamshad Husain did his diploma in Painting from the
College of Fine Arts, Baroda, and post- graduation from the Royal College of art, London.
Shamshad's artistic career has been formed by several influences. As a son of Maqbool Fida
Husain, the celebrated early Indian modern ist Shamshad had to struggle against the
immediate and powerful influence of his father to create his own distinct style. But what
he has imbibed from the art milieu at home is the pictorial significance of the human
figure both as an artistic expression and a statement of faith in man's social existence.
This was later reinforced by the prevailing art ideas and ideals in the academic circles
in Baroda during his sophomore years. At the Royal College of Art, his exposure to what
was emergent in western art could have broadened the range of his imagery, but his concern
in man as a social being has left a permanent impress on his art. It was there that
Shamshad adopted the graphic clarity and the essential flatness of the painted surface as
important elements for his paintings. Shamshad paints people with a restrained palette and
people on everyday social plane appear m pictorial space uncluttered with 'realistic'
details of the 'place'. Shamshad won the National Award in 1983, and worked off a
Government of India Fellowship during 1983-85. Since he passed out of the College of Fine
Art in Baroda in 1968 till the year 1987, Shamshad had about 28 solo shows of his
paintings and graphics in Hyderabad, Bombay, Delhi, Baroda, Madras, Bangalore, Copenhagen,
London, Hoffhiem in Germany, and Geneva. Between 1964 and 1988, Shamshad participated in
numerous national and international group shows and art festivals including the III and IV
Triennale International ('75,83), Perth Festival, Australia (1977), Asian Youth Festival,
London (1 980), Inaugural Exhibition, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1982), Tokyo Biennale (1
984), Asian Art, Fukuoka Museum, Japan (1 985), Traveling Print Exhibition, USA (1985-86),
Asian Biennale, Dhaka (1986), Ankara Biennale, Turkey (1986), Biennale 1 & 11, Bhopal
('86,88) and the Festival of India, USSR (1987, '88).
The commissioned murals and sculptures executed by him are: two murals
in Jaipur and Delhi (1969-70), monumental sculpture of a scientist in Hyderabad (1 98 1),
sculpture in fiber glass and a relief in metal in Delhi (1986), and another metal relief
in Mussoorie (1988).
Shamshad Husain lives and works in New Delhi
Oil on Canvas
60" x 40"
Oil on Canvas
24" x 32"