By mixtures of oil paints and plastic emulsion, Padamsee gets a variety of shades of grey, faint or intense, dark or light, matte or glossy. He creates landscapes, heads and nudes but his true subject is meditation. He is a cool artist : a dog comes to watch him at work. He names it Cézanne. When the artwork will be completed the dog will stop his visits.
A solo exhibition at a gallery in Mumbai in spring 1960 includes twelve grey paintings by Padamsee including four in very large size.
One of the four, titled Juhu, is lost. A reclining nude 91 x 232 cm was sold for $ 1,43M including premium by Sotheby's on March 25, 2011. The other two are imaginary landscapes in which Padamsee's greys play the same role in the construction of the urban tissue as the bright colors in the villages of Raza.
Cityscape is a beautiful expression of moonlight over an anonymous city. This painting 112 x 348 cm on board dated 1959 was sold for $ 1.32M including premium by Christie's on March 21, 2012.
On September 8 in New Delhi, Saffronart sells Greek Landscape, painting 132 x 366 cm on canvas dated 1960, lot 13 estimated Rs 7 crores worth US $ 1.06M. The white houses are spread throughout the slope of the hill. Questioned about the title, the old artist laughed : he never went to Greece, the comparison is an idea of a friend who was the first owner of the artwork.
SOLD for Rs 19 crore (worth US$ 2.9M) including premium