John Siudmak has been dealing in Indian and Himalayan art since 1974, when he joined Christie's to run their department of Indian and Islamic art, before becoming a private dealer and consultant in 1980. He has sold many important sculptures to major museums and private collectors in Europe, Asia and America.
As well as dealing in Indian art, John has written many scholarly articles on the subject, and completed a doctoral thesis at Oxford University on the history of the Hindu-Buddhist sculpture of Kashmir in 1994, which is awaiting publication. Apart from the western Himalayas, his main interest is in early Indian sculpture.
His current exhibition comprises Himalayan bronze sculpture from Kashmir and Swat, and bronze sculpture of the Eastern India school, from the collection of the late Simon Digby (1932‐2010). These were acquired over the course of many years and represent a wide range of style, subject matter and iconographic type. Some are of great quality and deep spirituality such as the Pala Manjusri from Nalanda, and others of great rarity, like the unique copper lotus jar from Kashmir or the copper repoussé plaque of the goddess Manasa from north Bengal. Seen together they illustrate the great diversity of the art of north India.