Manjit Bawa, 67, a leading Indian artist whose work highlighted peaceful coexistence, died yesterday at his New Delhi home after three years in a coma following a stroke.

He studied at the School of Art in New Delhi and worked as a silkscreen painter in Britain, where he also studied between 1964 and 1971. Often using animal imagery - tigers and lambs sharing space - he sought to convey the message that people could coexist with animals in nature, said art critic Ena Puri, who wrote a biography of Mr. Bawa

(see artworks via http://go.philly.com/bawa)

.

His canvases were distinguished by their colors - the ochre of sunflowers, the green of paddy fields, the red of the sun, and the blue of the mountain sky, she said.

- AP