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Abir Patwardhan



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SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
@rt Virtually Real
 Curated by Georgina Maddox
 15th September 2012 - 20th October 2012
 

Art Alive Gallery
Plot No. 120, Sector 44
Gurgaon 122002




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Statement

While Abir trained formally as a studio sculptor, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda and then at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Caen , Normandie, France. He has been working with metal beaters and traditional crafts persons on large scale sculptures. After he returned from France Abir has been working onsite on many large and ambitious projects. Abir infuses a sense of modern abstraction into traditional forms and works mostly in bronze, copper and scrap metal. His works are inspired by organic forms like seeds, pods, trees and vines. He brings to them an innately humane quality and liveliness that relinquishes them from being mere decorative objects.  His tree series stands at nine feet tall and it bestows a presence and permanence to one of nature’s quickly diminishing natural resources. I knew of Abir’s work since college days but I rediscovered his work as a curator for this project when he posted pictures of his latest project on my wall on Facebook. 



Biography

Born in 1977, Abir has completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) & Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from M.S University, Baroda in 1999 and 2001 respectively. He has worked with traditional copper beaters and apprenticed with Mr.Volker Bauer at Berlin and P R Daroz at New Delhi. 

He has held three solo shows, ‘‘Prayer for the Porcupine’ sculpture exhibition at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore in 2007, Malaka Spice, Pune in 2003 and the HSBC Art Gallery Inauguration in 2001. 

He has exhibited his works at several group shows including, ‘New Paradigms’ Gallery Threshold, New Delhi in 2006, ‘New Colours of Sumukha’ Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore in 2005, ‘India Art Gallery, Pune in 2004, “Jiyo Hazaron Saal” a travelling exhibition in Pune in 2004, ‘Architects and Artists’ , Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2001. In year 2008, he was invited to participate in Sculpture by the Sea - Cottesloe at Perth, Australia and present a seminar on ‘Sculpture in public spaces’.

He lives and works in Pune



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