He did not want to “sell out” to commercial tastes though and began to draw and paint what he saw, the terraced streets and factories around him.
Once back in the UK he became politically active, taking part in the Vietnam solidarity campaign, and the Young Communists League activities, although he never joined any political group.
He focused on movements, including the status of ordinary people, including the Labour and trade union movements.
Discovery The caves of Bhimbetka were discovered in 1957-58 by one of the great accidents of history.
Before the 20th century, the idea that a painting should be framed and hung permanently on wall was a completely foreign concept in Asian countries like China and Japan.
He wanted to be an artist but, without qualifications, was rescued by the lace industry where he got a job earning £1 a week as an apprentice draftsman, designing lace.
He liked the job and over the next six years became highly skilled. He then went abroad for a while, to Belgium, where he worked as a pavement artist, and was introduced to by new friends to active politics.
Certain differences, depending on the oil, are also visible in the sheen of the paints.
An artist might use several different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects desired.
Oil paint eventually became the principal medium used for creating artworks as its advantages became widely known.
The sprawling caves of Bhimbetka (2405N and 76045E) are located about 45 km northeast of Bhopal, the state capital of Madhya Pradesh.
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