Established as one of India’s earliest art galleries in May
1963, Pundole Art Gallery has been promoting modern and
contemporary Indian art through important exhibitions,
retrospectives, publications and art education for over four
decades now. Founded by Kali Pundole in the vibrant
post-independence era, the gallery is one of the most reputed and
recognized in India today.
Synonymous with the Progressive Artists Group, Pundole Art Gallery
has been the primary dealer for Modern Indian Masters such as M.F.
Husain, V.S Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee, K.H. Ara, F.N.
Souza and Krishen Khanna.
M.F. Husain, undoubtedly India’s most celebrated painter today,
has been associated with Pundole Art Gallery since 1964 when he
and Mr. Pundole struck up an extraordinary friendship. Ever since,
the gallery has had numerous important shows by the artist
including Ghashiram Kotwal, Imprints of the Chola, Sufi, Portrait
of an Umbrella, and 88 Oils.
V.S. Gaitonde (1924 – 2001), a solitary figure, was influenced by
ancient calligraphy and Zen philosophy. Unlike the prolific Husain,
Gaitonde produced very few finished works in his lifetime,
preferring a slow and meticulous painting process. Considered one
of modern India’s master abstractionists, Gaitonde’s works have
fetched over US$1 million at Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions in
New York and London.
Works by other eminent Indian artists represented by the gallery
such as Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee, F.N. Souza and Krishen Khanna
have been exhibited all over the world at such prestigious venues
as the Venice, Sao Paolo and Tokyo Biennales, Oxford University
Museum, Rockefeller collection, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Royal
Academy of Arts, London, Tate Modern, and Guggenheim Foundation,
In 1980, Mr. Pundole’s son, Dadiba Pundole joined the gallery.
Over the years he has expanded the gallery’s artist base to keep
pace with the contemporary art scene in representing the next
generation of artists including Jogen Chowdhury, Laxma Goud,
Laxman Shreshtha, Prabhakar Kolte, Sakti Burman and Badri Narayan.
Since 1990, Dadiba’s wife, Khorshed Pundole, has also become an
integral part of the Pundole Art Gallery. In the past decade, the
gallery has exhibited the work of younger artists of globalizing
India – Dilip Ranade, Ebenezer Sunder Singh, Viraj Naik, Vanita
Gupta, Sudarshan Shetty, Manisha Parekh and Anandajit Ray.
The Pundole Art Gallery has been frequented by artists and art
collectors, public figures and prominent businessmen. Works by
artists represented at the gallery have been placed in important
private and museum collections worldwide. The gallery has built
tremendous good-will with clients and artists alike over the years
and remains one of India’s foremost galleries today.