Anant Mehta (B. 1944)
Born in 1944 in Radhanpur in Gujarat, Anant Mehta studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, completing his Bachelor?s degree in Fine Arts there in 1965.
Working mostly with acrylics on canvas, Mehta?s works are usually explorations of a single colour. Adopting a figurative idiom, Mehta?s subjects are juxtaposed with a single element of nature ? a flower or a dove ? which serves to break the single tone, without jarring the eye. The artist also introduces subtle textures into his canvas, usually spirals which might map the spiritual journey that has always been a preoccupation for the artist.
Mehta received a Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India, from 2000 to 2002; and was honoured by the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi on various occasions. He has also received awards from the Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, in 1971 and 1994.
The artist lives and works in Ahmedabad