"Look, do you see the sky as blue? It is made up of a million tones that are broken. I use a lot of broken tones they attract me because they are mysterious."
Artist Statement, S. Mehta,'Interview with Jehangir Sabavala', ArtIndia, Mumbai, 2008-09, p. 57
"The technique which he [Jehangir Sabavala] evolved quite slowly is based on transparency [...] This gives the surface of his paintings a glistening crystalline sheen. The individual hues and tones, being mixed separately in subtly but cleanly differentiated gradations, impart to the picture surface a cleanliness and clarity of hue... His mastery of light effects is based on a lifetime's study of natural Indian light without resort to banal naturalism." (Richard Lannoy, 'The Paradoxical Alliance', Pilgrim, Exile, Sorcerer -- The Painterly Evolution of Jehangir Sabavala, Mumbai, 1998, p. 16.)
In this meticulous and brilliantly composed work, Jehangir Sabavala depicts an immeasurable expanse of sea, land and sky. Immediately, it seems, he set about attempting to apply the strict geometry of his own near-abstract Cubistic style of painting to these equally abstract conditions of changing light, colour and open space. Here the spectacular near-abstract arrangement of partially transparent, planar and spatial forms, create a carefully constructed illusion of depth and his choice of palette conjure feelings of serenity, solitude and meditation.