In New Delhi Rob van Doeselaar
met many Indian artists, especially at the Garhi Studios.
outside the traditional social structure, purely because of their
position as an artist. About almost every painting the artists told me a hidden story. Abstract paintings were full of symbolism.
Reproductions of famous paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Pablo
Picasso greatly inspired them.
In India Rob started using symbolism, like
paining a lotus or a lingam. He painted texts and signs he noticed on
rickshaws, trolleys and everywhere.
Many of the paintings Rob van Doeselaar made in New Delhi had to
do with walls as bearers of political messages, election
slogans and posters for movies. Discs of cow dung dried against
walls after which people could use it as building material or fuel
for their stoves. Walls supported also the famous statues at the
Hindu temples. Rob considered the walls as the mirrors of the street.