An Army man by profession, an artist by heart, Col Arul Raj's portraits are well known around the country. He has over thirty years experience in painting mostly in India and also from the United States.
His first break in painting came at the age of twenty seven, when he was personally commissioned by the President of India, late Mr. Fakruddin Ali Ahmed to paint his portrait for the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
This commission launched Col Arul Raj's career in portrait painting. This was followed by another commission three years later by late President N Sanjeeva Reddy, again for Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Ever since, Col Arul Raj had the special distinction of being the Indian Army's Official Portrait artist. He has done portraits of over ten different Army chiefs over 25 years. He had done various paintings of Gallantry Award winners, paintings of Indian Navy ships of yore and various aviation battles.
Click to Enlarge F-86 Sabres bounced at Boyra : Gnats of No.22 Squadron shot down three F-86 Sabres over Boyra on November 22nd 1971 in the Eastern Sector. This painting depicts Flt Lt Roy Andrew Massey setting a Sabre alight. This painting is displaye
Canberra B(I)58s from No.35 Squadron under Wing Commander K K Badhwar attack the Keamari Oil Tanks at Karachi. These oil tanks had been set by fire by Navy's missiles in an attack that was going on parallely on the night of December 8/9th , 1971.
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