Lincoln Seligman read law at Balliol, Oxford, but after six ‘boring ‘ years in a shipping practice, amassed enough paintings for an exhibition, abandoning City life for ever.
He has outstanding gifts as an abstract sculptor as well as a painter, commissioned to create steel and glass installations for the atrium spaces of banks, airports and hotels in Europe, Hong Kong and China.
Seligman’s connections with India go back to his childhood immersion in the Just So stories and Jungle Book, written by his mother’s godfather, Rudyard Kipling, a family friend. His paternal grandmother, Hilda Seligman, was an artist, who lived in the Indian Himalayas. One of her most famous works, a bronze statue of shepherd boy turned founder of a dynasty King Chandra Gupta, circa 275 BC, stands outside the Indian Parliament in New Delhi. Another famous family friend and portrait subject for Hilda was the exiled Emperor of Ethiopia, revered as a deity, Haile Selassie, who lived with her in Wimbledon.
During his latest Indian journey Seligman stayed with the Maharaja of Pochina, spent a day with tribesmen on a farm, rode out on camels to enjoy the desert, marvelled at temples and fortresses.
Please see images below – an itinerary of Lincoln’s journey available, and pictures of him on location. He has been described as ‘silver-tongued’ as well as ‘silver haired’ could be eloquent about his Indian experience for an interview.