James J. White was an avid collector of Indian art. He visited five times; over those visits he developed a profound love of Indian culture, including Indian art, music, and food. It was here that he discovered artwork by Mahaveer Swami.
Two exquisitely painted miniatures by Swami depict the high quality art in the auction (http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/6975990)
Indian artist Mahaveer Swami follows the classical Mughal Art style. Swami works exclusively on fine antique papers and the colors in his paintings come from hand ground stones and minerals. He is part of a long line of Bikaneri Painters.
His style is strongly influenced by his studies of Mughal miniatures. Mughal Art emerged from Persian miniature paintings in the 16th century; the style was influenced by Indian Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist artistic styles. Unlike Persian painters who transformed paintings to tapestries of colors, Mughal painters use colors sparingly. Brush strokes depend on the personality of each individual painter. Mahaveer Swami exquisite brushwork and hint of color proves that contemporary and traditional Mughal Art exists seamlessly.
The James J. White auction features 8 other lots of Mahaveer Swami’s artwork.