Churches, 1959 – Photograph

Series nameChandra in the 1950s

This water colour painting by Avinash Chandra is entitled ‘Churches’. It was completed in 1959, three years after he arrived in London. The Churches theme appeared as a result of Chandra’s time in Belfast, where he was holding an exhibition. He felt that churches filled the city’s landscape which led to his paintings reflecting that environment.

Date of Creation / Publication1959
CreatorChandra, Avinash
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberAvinash Chandra Collection (GB 2661 AC)
Catalogue NumberAC/1950/13
CopyrightValerie Murray Chandra
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Valerie Murray Chandra
Series notesLandscape artist Avinash Chandra arrived in London in 1956. His early work in London was a process of self discovery, where he eliminated taught techniques from his art school in India, and removed strict perceptions of how his art should or should not be. This grouping includes exhibition catalogues from Delhi and London, slides of his work and several photographs of Chandra's work from the 1950s.
Collection notesThe Avinash Chandra Collection is divided by decades and a grouping featuring selected slides. The 1950s to 1980s sections feature exhibition catalogues, photographs of paintings, drawings and murals and promotional material. The selections of 35mm slides depict Chandra's art work over the decades.