We are pleased to announce the first in what may possibly be a range of tribute/posthumous limited edition pieces by Govinder Nazran, released by Washington Green publishers.
(above: ‘Lean On Me’ sculpture)
These 2 cats, together form ‘Lean On me’ the first ever stainless steel sculpture by Govinder.
Stunning, this piece is a fitting continuation of Govinder’s published work:
‘Immortal, immaculate and invincible’ are the words that come to mind when you see this piece in person, a fitting tribute to the man and his artwork.
Washington Green, Govinder Nazranâ€™s publisher, have just released a statement regarding the death of the artist and we hear the thoughts of their MD, who worked very closely with him over the years and many people in that company must have had a very similar relationship with Govinder.
(Photo of the artist)
â€œWe are deeply saddened to announce that one of country’s most outstanding, award winning contemporary artists – Govinder Nazran – who enjoyed enormous success around the world, tragically died on Tuesday 30 December, after suffering a seizure on Christmas Eve.
Govinder’s striking, naÃ¯ve portrayal of the feline and canine form, married with strong oriental overtones, and rich texturing and layering, won him 1000s of fans across the world.
(Scratch & Sniff – Sculpture by Govinder Nazran)
As Glyn Washington, MD for Washington Green Fine Art Publishing, said:
“2009 would have been our tenth anniversary of working with Govinder. It was a 10 years in which we enjoyed the most amazing and creative art from one of the most talented, gentle and innovative artists we have ever had the pleasure of working with. Ironically we were planning a major event in 2009 to celebrate this wonderful 10 year collaboration. It has been said that ‘It is often the brightest star that burns for the shortest time’… never has a truer word been spoken.”
In 2004 Govinder became the ‘Best Selling Published Artist’ in the industry’s Fine Art Trade Guild Awards and he enjoyed 2 sell-out tours in Japan where his work was highly revered. During his prolific 10 years with Washington Green his work has been collected and admired by thousands of fans from all walks of life, including many well-known collectors world-wide. Unusually Govinder possessed the vision of both artist and creative director, as he innovated and developed the ideas for his ground breaking collections.
(Flapdoodle by Govinder Nazran)
A naturally warm and witty man of enormous integrity, Govinder’s shyness made it challenging for him to articulate his thoughts verbally. “My true personality reveals itself through my paintings,” he once said. His cats and dogs reached far deeper than a cute, naÃ¯ve clichÃ© of a ‘four legged friend’ with many of his paintings dedicated to the fight between good and evil. “I leave it to the individual to look at my paintings and choose what they would like to see, innocence or malevolence – the ‘good’ or the ‘evil’. Above all else I am, and always will be, an eternal optimist. Optimism is one of the greatest gifts we possess and my paintings are from my soul.”
Govinder often described his wife Sarah and daughter Eden as his “greatest inspiration” and his most ‘honest critics.’ He will be sadly missed by all at Washington Green and no doubt by all who appreciated and loved his work the world over.â€
(The Wise by Govinder Nazran)
I very much loved Govinder’s style and work and it is a sad loss to the art world. My thoughts go out to his wife Sarah and his daughter Eden.
I am sure his artistic legacy will not be lost and he will continue to me remembered by the art world as a great contributor to contemporary art.
My thoughts go out to his family at this time and to all those at Washington Green publishers and for any of those who knew him.
We continue to get many phone calls and emails regarding the tragic passing away of UK contemporary artist Govinder Nazran on Christmas Day 2008.
(Leopold by Govinder Nazran)
It touches me that so many people are so heart felt about his passing: some may have met him only once at a gallery appearance and others had never met him and enjoyed his work through viewing his images online or having bought pieces over the years.
From my experience, those that collected his art varied from young students right up to retired people and that is a testament as to how his work â€˜connectedâ€™ with so many different types of people.
I was digging in the archives and found a snippet that charts, all be it briefly, his career from 1980, where he started his studies in Graphic Design, up to being signed by Washington Green in 1999 and becoming as a professional artist. These are his own words:
(Willy Winterbottom by Govinder Nazran)
â€œMy art training began in Bradford in the North of England, where I studied Graphic Design from 1980-1983. After that I then went on to study for a Higher Diploma in Graphic Design, specialising in illustration, at Lincoln Art College.
Once I completed all my formal training I decided to move to London, approaching all of the major city publishers with my portfolio. It was there that I worked on illustrations for childrenâ€™s books, and after 6 months moved to Cambridge where I continued working as a freelance illustrator.
Upon moving back to my home town of Saltaire in West Yorkshire, I took up the position of designer for a greetings card company, which involved all aspects of product design and development. Following that I became a photographic art director, directing fashion shoots all over the world. I did this for the next year or so until 1993, when I decided to swap my hectic photographic job and lifestyle, for a quieter life back in Saltaire. I spent the next five years here, working freelance on card designs with major publishing companies.
It wasnâ€™t until 1999 that I decided to enter the fine art market and approached Washington Green with my portfolio.”
(Elvis, Sculpture by Govinder Nazran)
Over Govinderâ€™s near 10 year career with Washington Green, they have published over 180 of his work, including sculptures and more recently his work has been put into cufflink designs.
I would say Govinder has been one of the top 5 published artists of the last 10 years
He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Messages of condolence may be sent to his publisher at C/O:
44 Upper Gough Street,
Rather than be a totally sad and very formal post, I have included images of some of Govinderâ€™s work within the post to show the happyness and positivity which is his artwork.
Washington Green Fine Art Publishers, have today released a statement regarding Govinder’s death, it also contains the address to send letters of condolences.
(‘Chutzpah & Claptrap’ by Govinder Nazran)
It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic death of one of the country’s greatest contemporary artists – Govinder Nazran.
Govinder died on Tuesday 30th December after an accident on Christmas Day which left him with severe head injuries.
(‘The Patriot’ by Govinder Nazran)
It is our intention to commemorate the incredible talent that was Govinder to support his family, details to follow in the next few weeks. For this reason and as a mark of respect, we have withdrawn all available Govinder art from sale for the time being and would ask all our partners to do the same.
2009 would have been our tenth anniversary of working with Govinder, a decade of the most amazing and creative art from one of the most talented, gentle and innovative artists we have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Messages of condolence may be sent to:
44 Upper Gough Street,
for forwarding to the family.
(‘One Love – Sculpture’ by Govinder Nazran)
‘It is often the brightest star that burns for the shortest time’
It is amazing that this year would have been the 10th year Govinder’s limited edition work was being produced, I have become so used to his work being regularly released by Washington Green, that largely one takes it for granted.
It is a tribute to the man and his abilities that he has been at the forefront of published limited edition art for 10 years.