1. The origin
Vinayaka Art Gallery has been in the field of Tanjore painting manufacturing since 1989. Founded by B.T. Raja, an artist himself, the gallery has always strived in providing its clients with authentic Tanjore paintings manufactured using traditional methods and with genuine raw materials. The artist has been able to achieve this with the help of his own manufacturing unit in Tanjore, his hometown, which also happens to be the place of origin of this artform and in the process able to serve his large clientele base with genuine Tanjore paintings at the most affordable price in the market for over 30 years now.
2. About The Founder
A passionate artist, excelling both in the traditional as well as contemporary field of art, B.T Raja founded Vinayaka Tanjore art gallery in the year 1989. He received the best artist award from the TamilNadu Handicraft Board, in the year 1995 and also received the award for his excellence in paintings and authentic workmanship from The Lalit Kala Academy in the year 1997.
In 2005, he founded the Ray O Painters Residency and the Ray O Art Gallery. Simultaneously he organaized residential work camp, for the senior national award winning artists of the contemporary field. The art show titled "Mega Visual Feast 2006", which brought together the works of the various contemporary artists was a grand success.
Apart from organizing such camps, the artist has also been a part of many camps and has participated in many art shows, both solo and group, some of which are as follows:
- State Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai (1994,1996)
- Blind School, Delhi (1995,1996,1997)
- AIFACS, NewDelhi (1996)
- Sachiwalia Club, Mumbai (1998)
- Ravindra Bharathi, Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad (2000,2001,2002)
- Chitra Kala Parishat, Banglore (1995,2005)
- State Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2005)
- Soma Hall, Malaysia (2001)
- And Art Loha, Chennai (2006)