SATISH GUPTA

A versatile artist, Satish Gupta is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, skilled draftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramicist all in one. Winning the Sanskriti award at an early stage in his career, his work, honed through a deep engagement with mysticism and Zen spirit, has been exhibited in more than 33 solo shows at important art galleries within the country and abroad including those in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Dubai, Antananarivo, London, Paris, Altea, Murcia, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Ottawa, San Francisco, New York, Washington and Melbourne. Satish created a 13 feet high Surya sculpture in copper, for The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. A monumental five piece metal sculpture ranging in height from 8 feet to 22 feet weighing over 10000 kilograms, and inspired by the five primal elements, is located in the atrium at the Jindal Centre in New Delhi. He has also done a 30 feet long mural for the Bengaluru International Airport. Gupta’s sculptures, wall murals and paintings are the signature works at the Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi and the Ritz Carlton Hotel , Bengaluru.
Satish’s Utsav Murti of the Goddess Linga Bhairavi, for Sadhguru’s ISHA foundation in Coimbatore resides in the main temple and is taken out in a procession on full moon nights and venerated.
Satish was invited to create a lithograph as part of the official Beijing Olympic Portfolio as the only Indian artist, amongst other international artists -Sandro Chia, Janis Kounellis and Mimmo Paladino.
Known for it’s special meditative quality, Satish Gupta’s art, that he creates working from his studio in Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi surrounded by a Zen Garden of his own design, is held in important public and private collections including the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.
The artist collaborated with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on a sculpturepainting
( OM NAMO SHIVAYA ) for the charitable cause of educating the underprivileged children for the NGO, Khushii, which was auctioned by Sotheby's

FIVE BODHISATTVAS

SHUNYA

SHUNYA

For years and years I drew and redrew the empty Zen circle with ink and brush. I must have drawn them at least five thousand times…. not satisfied with any I destroyed them all. I was trying to fathom its simplicity, capture its silence, force, spontaneity and vitality all in one stroke. Zen aesthetics require the idea to be complete in the mind just as the ink in the brush touches the paper … there is no scope for hesitation ! The struggle was long and painstaking.
Every morning , emptying my mind, grinding the ink stick on the stone while meditating and then calligraphing the empty circle again and again without arriving at any that pleased me – till one day I went to the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim. It was an ethereal morning, mist, clouds and mountains embraced each other as I drove up the mountain. A long while after entering this dream world the sacred monastery which I had come all the way to see was visible. But strangely I had no desire to approach it, as the temple painted on the Cosmic canvas was already around me, surrounding me with its silence ! A mystical light was filtering through the mist and clouds from the valley below.
I was enveloped in its ethereal beauty. I was mesmerised. The empty Zen Circle was there for me to behold and I was at the centre of it. It was a revelation ! In that magical instant I understood the meaning of emptiness and fullness. Inspired , I picked up my brush and on a small piece of paper drew the circle as if my life depended upon it, I put everything I had learnt, my years of Sadhana and practice, my very life- breath into that stroke.
That instant was my Satori. I felt totally porous, the whole Universe was going through me? In that moment, I realised the Oneness of it all, there was no duality left. I felt like jumping off the mountain into the inviting valley in total submission to merge with the Divine. I was ecstatic, my life was fulfilled, there was no need to go on. I don’t know how long I stood there, a minute or an hour? While I was musing, the trance got broken by an urchin prodding me to visit the monastery.
So, instead of myself I let the drawing – the most perfect thing I had ever created – drift into the misty emptiness as my offering to Buddha. This sculpture ‘SHUNYA’ or the empty Zen circle is a homage to that experience.

SHUNYA – The Empty Zen Circle Medium -
Copper and Stainless Steel with Patina and Gold Leafing
Dimensions – 72x72x36 inches

THE BUDDHAS WITHIN

THE BUDDHAS WITHIN

Emperor Ashoka’s daughter, Sanghamitta, together with Mahinda, her brother, entered an order of Buddhist monks. The two siblings went later to Sri Lanka, to spread the teachings of Buddha at the request of King Devanampiya Tissa who was a contemporary of Emperor Ashoka. At the time of Tsunami I was in Dambulla Cave Temples in Srilanka. The caves date back to 2700 years. This sculpture of the sleeping Buddha and thousands of other meditating Buddhas is a recollection of that moment. It speaks of the tremendous pain and suffering I saw and felt all around myself. Suddenly the whole world was in turmoil,there was panic all around, and yet the Buddhas were so serene and reassuring, hidden away for centuries deep within the sacred caves, almost as if they were in the womb of Mother Earth, they had a timeless beauty about them.
This work is about the omnipresence of Buddha who exists on a micro level in each cell of our body and in each atom of the galaxies and the space in between on a macro level. Not only does the Buddha exist in everything at this moment but has always existed and will always exist.
I have sculpted 1500 micro Buddhas, five hundred for the past, five hundred for the present, and five hundred for the future. I am fascinated by how early Man began worship deep within the caves and realised his vision of the Force or the Gods sculpting or painting which gave him strength and made him fearless as he felt protected in this environment away from the hostile world outside.They were perhaps created in a trance or in a state of altered consciousness like the works in Ellora or Lascaux where I experienced the same feeling of awe as in Dambulla . The Fifteen Hundred small sculptures on the inside of the large head of Buddha are of Akshobhaya, representing water. He is in the Bhumisparsha mudra, touching Mother Earth with his right hand and asking her to be witness to his magical moment of enlightenment. In front of them is a life size reclining Buddha, resting on the vast cosmic ocean. The sculpture is in copper and parts of it are gold-leafed. It is 23 feet long, 13.5 feet high and 9 feet deep. It weighs approximately 3 tonnes.

KALPAVRIKSHA-THE WISH FULFILLING TREE

KALPAVRIKSHA-THE WISH FULFILLING TREE

Medium - Copper with Gold and Silver Plating, Coral, Turquoise,
Gem Stones, Seashells and Enamel Work
Dimensions - 117x117x117 inches

ANANDA

ANANDA
Medium - Copper, with Patina
Dimensions - 141x72x72 inches

THE LINGAMS

THE LINGAMS

Medium - Amarnath (Copper with Silver Plating),   Kailashnath (Copper with Patina)
Dimensions - 62x28x28 inches

SCULPTURE PAINTING SHIVA

Medium - Oil on Canvas And Sculpture in Copper
Dimensions-72x42x6

RUDRA

Medium - Copper with Patina and Stainless Steel
Dimensions - 156x108x108 inches

THE FIVE ELEMENTAL BUDDHAS

Medium - Oil on Canvas and Gold Foiling
Dimensions - 34x34 inches

A FLOWER DOES NOT TALK

THE FIVE PRIMAL ELEMENTS

SCULPTURE PAINTINGS

LINGABHARAVI

VISHNU – THE PRESERVER

DEVI – THE GODDESS

THE GOLDEN LOTUSES

LET A THOUSAND LOTUSES BLOOM

AUTUMN FOREST

AUTUMN FOREST

dream upon
dream- falling
Collection – Ritz Carlton Hotel , Bangaluru

GANESHA -THE SCRIBE

GANESHA -THE SCRIBE

Medium – Copper With Patina and Gold Plating
Dimensions – 120x96x96 inches
Collection – Private Collection

WORSHIPPING GARUDA

WORSHIPPING GARUDA

Medium – Coppeer with Patina , Silver & Gold Plating
Dimensions – 96x108x84 inches
Collection – Private Collection

GARUDA – THE ETERNAL FLIGHT

GARUDA – THE ETERNAL FLIGHT

Medium – Copper with Patina, Silver & Gold Plating
Dimensions – 108x168x192 inches

LOTUS SUTRA

LOTUS SUTRA

I have painted the Lotus which is a symbol of growth, pure beauty,creation and cosmic renewal. Its unfolding petals represent the expansion of the soul.
When Gautama Buddha was born he already had the ability to walk, wherever he stepped Lotus flowers blossomed.
I have superimposed 2000 images of Buddha on the flowers to show his unbound compassion for all beings.
The key message of Buddha in the Lotus Sutra is that Buddhahood – a condition of absolute happiness, freedom from fear and from all illusions- is inherent in all life.
Medium – Oil on Canvas
Dimensions – 100×400 inches
Collection – Private Collection

RA

RA

Medium – Copper , Brass with Gold Plating
Dimensions – 96x144x12 inches
Collection – Private Collection

SURYA – THE SUN GOD

SURYA – THE SUN GOD

Medium – Copper ,Brass with Gold & Silver Plating
Dimensions – 144x120x120 inches
Collection – Terminal 3 Indira Gandhi International Airport , Delhi

VISHNU – THE RADIANT ONE

VISHNU – THE RADIANT ONE

Medium – Copper,Brass with Gold & Silver Plating
Dimensions – 22.9x20x9 Feet
Collection – Private Collection

SHIVA SHAKTI

SHIVA SHAKTI

Medium – Copper with Gold & Silver Plating and Pearls
Dimensions – 144x108x180 inches
Collection – Private Collection

SHWEDAGON

SERENITY – SCULPTURE PAINTING

TRANSCENDING TIME, SPACE, ETERNITY

‘A THOUSAND NAMES OF VISHNU’