Amit Ambalal was born in 1943 in Ahmedabad. He joined his family business as a Managing Director, until he decided to become a painter in 1979. He preferred to pursue his childhood dream (becoming a renowned painter) and sold off his family business in 1977. When he took that life changing decision he was 57 year old. Taking up such a decision at that stage of life is truly magnanimous.
Amit Ambalal is an acclaimed artist from Ahmedabad. His work can principally be divided into two categories- One has a contemporary approach to convention through the widespread religious customs. And another one is the historical Rajasthan Nathdwara religious paintings that he has been keenly creating since last 14 years His Paintings Intrinsically Portray human drama.
Education & Work
He had never undergone a formal training in the field of art, but has had the guidance of the veteran artist and his teacher Chhaganlal Jadhav. He graduated from the Ahmedabad University with a BA, B.Com and LL.B.
Ambalal's paintings give substantiation of a significant penchant in contemporary Indian art - that of a contemporary approach to tradition through the decadent forms of the prevalent religious traditions. His painting in this sense reflects thought-provoking fusion with his passion for the art history of sacred depictions from Nathdwara. His interest in art encompasses right from historical research, documentation and collection, to organizational activities in the contemporary scene.
Amit Ambalal is involved in exploring the manifestation of the irrational in the apparently routine, in divulging the feebleness of measures of nomu-Alcy and rationality through the tongue-m-cheek depiction of the ordinary and the heavenly.
His work has candour appeal which gives it a marvellous quality, a plain double-take on a ludicrous cosmos inhabited by the attractively twisted and weakened bodies of his eccentric protagonists, human and otherwise.
Hemajorly participated in numerous of group exhibition, including Art for CRY, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore; Indian Contemporary Art, Amsterdam; Gadyaparva Exhibition, Mumbai; ‘Artists Against Communalism Images and Words’, touring exhibition; Art for CRY, Delhi; Water colors – A Broad Spectrum’, Gallery Chemould; ‘Indian Beast’, The Gallery, Chennai; ‘Post Cards for Gandhi’, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi; Gouache on paper, Gallery Espace, New Delhi; ‘A Tree In My life’, Village Gallery, New Delhi; James Harvey Gallery, Sydney; ‘Gift for India', Sahmat, New Delhi; ‘Major Trends in Indian Art since 1947’, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi; Wilberding Collection of Contemporary Indian Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; ‘Multiple Images’, organized by Sir Jamsetjee Parsee benevolent – Institute of Sir J.J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai; ‘Ganesha’, Chauraha International, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai; ‘Icons of the Millenium’, Lakeeren , Mumbai; ‘Humour on Line’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; ‘The World Is Round and Time is Cyclical’, Art Today, New Delhi; Early Works’, The Fine Art Company, Mumbai; Beyond the Surface’, Gallery Escape, Delhi and Fine Art Company, Mumbai, to name a few.
Amit Ambalalalso actively organized solo exhibitions, including Sermons in Ceramics', Amdavad Ni Gufa, Ahmedabad; Presented by Gallery Escape, New Delhi at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; Black Spring of the Blue God’, Organized by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai and Gallery Maya, London; ‘Leela, The Lightness of Being’, Bodhi Art, New Delhi and Singapore; The Civitella Experience’, Hutheesing Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad; Archer Art Gallery, Ahmedabad; Gallery Espace, New Delhi, to name a few.
Awards and Accolades
He had been bestowed with Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Italy in 2003; Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Award, Ahmedabad in 1974and Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, Gujarat in 1968