Suresh and Devender Garg
"I always wanted my profession to be related to the field of art."
In August of 2011, Suresh passed away from complications after a heart attack. Suresh was one of the first artisans to join Novica India and we deeply feel his loss. "Suresh was my elder brother. We were very close and his demise has left a big void in our family," Devender tells us. "We spent a lot of time together, be it at work or outside, and we shared many happy memories. He was always very keen on traditional handcrafts, and this is how we started this venture dating back almost four decades ago.
"Although he is not with us anymore, I am so proud to be able to continue this venture for him and for me. Suresh always had nice things to say about Novica customers and I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude for your support, and hope to preserve it as I continue with my brother’s legacy."
When he joined Novica, Suresh shared his story:
"I was born in 1940 in Dehradun, India. We are three in the family - my wife, my son and myself. I started this work with no background in terms of my family or training in this field. I have learned from my own experiences. I always wanted my profession to be related to the field of art.
"I started with ivory products, and later switched to sandalwood. The art of making sandalwood boxes is extremely intricate and detail oriented, therefore it requires skilled workmanship. I am the guiding factor for my craftsmen, who create these exquisite boxes and other works based on my unique designs.
"My craftsmen and I are deeply involved with the making of sandalwood products, especially sandalwood boxes. We also use kadamwood and and marble. The making of these boxes requires a lot of devotion, patience and concentration as intricate handwork is done. Sandalwood has a unique natural fragrance, and is available only in a few parts of southern India. It is quite expensive and one has to be extremely careful while cutting the raw wood, to avoid any wastage. The intricate carving on these products is done with an iron needle. The products are polished twice in the production process. The polishing technique used is referred to as buffing, which gives the products an extremely elegant finish.
"We are proud to be associated with Novica which has given us a platform to display our products through its website."
Hello, Suresh Garg I Really like the 'Rosewood Rhino'!! Thank You, Elizabeth More
- Elizabeth M, Metairie, Louisiana USA
The Ganesha statue is the most beautiful piece of art I have even seen. The craftsmanship is superb. I can't even express how impressed and pleased I am with this purchase.
- Karen C
I purchased a wood statuette made by Mr. Suresh Garg, and it's just a superb piece of craftmanship. I was really impress with the level of ditailing. Also it was packed very carefully and delivered without any flaw. So I like to recommend Mr. Garg to anyone who wants a fine piece of work from India.
- Alvaro R
I am the owner of "Jungle Fantasy" by Mr. Suresh Garg. It is intricately carved and extremely detailed. This artist is among the best I have encountered.
- Dr. John T. M, Erie, Pennsylvania United States
I ordered a folding chess and backgammon board which turned out to be beautifully crafted in every detail. The board was even packaged with a unique hand-made pen. I have played many a chess game against my coworkers during work breaks on the board and they always comment on how nice the board is. I couldn't be happier with it.
- Roy M, Fairfax/VA/USA
My carved wooden Ganesha is wonderful. The detail front and back is even better than I expected. Suresh Garg and his craftmen are find artists. Sara Hall
- Sara H
I was so delighted by the gorgeous craftsmanship of the piece I purchased. It was a birthday gift for my daughter and she is absolutely thrilled with it. This is going to be something she treasures forever. I love it so much that I just ordered my own so I can enjoy playing backgammon in my home too on a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for the beautiful art you create!! And thank you for the beautiful wrapping. I was not expecting that and it made the gift even more special. Best wishes to you and yours!
- Heather D, Los Angeles, CA USA
I received my first sculpture today from Mr. Suresh Garg. I have never been so delighted with anything I've bought before. My "Gracious Lord Ganesh" wood sculpture is so very beautiful, and so intricately carved. I caught my breath when I saw it, and couldn't stop staring at it thinking how precious it was. I will order from Novica and most particularly this gifted artist again. It was beautifully wrapped too. I just can't say enough about my purchase and it's creator. Thanks!
- J B, Kingston Ontario Canada
I just got the beautiful 'Labyrinth Intrigue' by Suresh Garg for my neice for Winter Solstice. How cool, I wish I bought one for myself. Your workmanship shows your love and attention to detail. What a great talent to be blessed with.
- Bethany P., Southern Oregon, USA
First of all, thanks for the postcard. I really like the wood statue of 'Serene Lord Buddha'. The details on the statues are amazing. I bought that for a gift to my friend. Im glad that he liked it too. Thanks again Mr Garg.
- Sylvia J, Rolla, Missouri, US
Thank you very much for your beautiful wooden statue of Lakshmi. I can't stop staring at her. I will treasure her for ever!
- Nadia Smits, Belgium
beautiful work thankyou and I will buy more Donna
- Donna Banvait, Perth
Dear Mr Suresh Garg, Several months ago I purchased your Bhudda w/Swan piece. I was having major surgery and had to stay alone in a hotel for several weeks afterwards. I had the Buddha shipped to my hotel room. It arrived beautifully packaged, a wonderful gift. It was so uplifting to have him with me at that time. And he continues to have a special place in my home. I was so thrilled to find him on the Novica website...I had been searching for a long time for just the right Buddha. I couldn't believe it when I found a Buddha with an animal ! How perfect and wonderful. Such a different iconography but so appropriate for the Buddha and his teachings. I love the story of the Buddha and the swan. Thank you so much for your beautiful and thoughtful work.
- Lorraine Keppler, Milan,NM USA
I received the Lakshmi Goddess Hindu Wood Sculpture Statue by Suresh Garg today. The presentation was so lovely and gave the recipient a chance to feel a more intimate relationship with the Artist - such a gift. Thank you for the beautiful rice paper and cloth ribbon wrapping and personal note from the artist. It was quite ingenious how carefully the item was packed for shipping and yet elegantly wrapped. I've seen hundreds of Lakshmi in my 44 years. While I collect Goddess and Dancer sculptures, I had never purchased a Lakshmi before. I was especially attracted to this one because she radiates this peace, love and compassion - like a Quan (Kwan) Yin. Everyone that has seen and touched her to date notes on how lovely her energy is. They feel like they get this sense of the Artist and his energy is so beautiful! There is a feeling of gentleness and kindness. Lakshmi, along other attributes being the Goddess of Prosperity, I love the feelings of compassion and love combined with prosperity. In the spirit of Art, creativity and spiritual intention, I hope these works of art through their deep impact on people, help heal the world's "money issues" by infusing it with love and spirit. Right now I'm putting together a nonprofit center, but at a later date I would be interested in seeing her done in Marble or Jade. The Artist mentions in his statement that he sometimes works with Marble. Having grown up in the tropics (Hawaii), I love the Wood Sculptures. My interest in Jade and Marble stems from my recent acquisition of some Jade Sculptures of Sacred Dancers that date over 5000 years old. I would love to see some of the wood sculptures done in materials that last throughout the ages. Thank you all for your work! It's such a blessing.
- Laura D., Oakland, California, USA
Beautiful! I purchased the statuette "love story" and I couldn't be more pleased. The skill of Suresh Garg is apparent when inspecting the many fine details. Outstanding craftsmanship. The photos on the site didn't do it justice. I was definitely much more beautiful in person. I would not hesitate to buy another piece by this exceptional artist!
- J Greco, San Francisco, CA