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6th November 2014 - 10th December 2014

Art Alive Gallery

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Haku Shah

Haku Shah

Biography

Born in Valod, Gujarat, in 1934, Haku Shah studied arts at M.S. University, Baroda. He has received several awards including the Padma Shri, the Nehru Fellowship and the Kala Ratna for his contribution to art. A Gandhian, an eminent painter, he is also a cultural anthropologist, an author of international repute on folk and tribal art. He taught at a Gandhian Ashram in south Gujarat for several years. He established a tribal museum at Gujarat Vidyapeeth in Ahmedabad which was set up by Mahatma Gandhi. His work caught public eye, and by 1965 he had held several one-man shows in Kolkata and Mumbai. In 1968, he curated the \'Unknown India\' exhibition, organized by Art Critic Stella Kramrisch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He received the Rockefeller Grant in the same year and in 1971, the Nehru Fellowship Award.

Over the years, he has carried out extensive field research and documentation on rural and tribal arts and crafts, traditions and folk lore. He has taught at a Gandhian Ashram in south Gujarat for several years and established a tribal museum at Gujarat Vidyapaith  in Ahemdabad, which was set up by Mahatma Gandhi. Haku curated the museum for several year, which was to become his last legacy.

His work is deeply influenced by the tribal art and culture, a theme on which he has written several of his works, and also bhakti movement, especially its Nirguna poetry. In 2009, he published his memoirs titled, Manush




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Jamini Roy

Jamini Roy

Biography

Born in 1887 in Beliatore in the Bankura district of West Bengal, Jamini Roy got his Diploma in Fine Arts from Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata (1903-08). He was the most famous pupil of Abanindranath Tagore. He was a Fellow of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1956 and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1955. His works have been exhibited across India and abroad including Burlington Gallery, London, 1946; at New York, 1953; at ‘National Exposition of Contemporary Art’ National Gallery of Modern Art, 1991. His works regularly feature in many prestigious art auctions. Several books have been published on his works. He passed away in Kolkata at the age of 85 in 1972.


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Jatin Das

Jatin Das

Biography

Born in 2 December 1941, Mayurbhanj Odisha , has been painting for 50 years , and has held over 55 one-man exhbhitions both in India and abroad and has participated in numerous national and international shows and artist camp. He is a Padam Bhushan recipient. In a career spanning over five decades his work has been part of several public and private collections in India and abroad. Most notably he has done several murals and sculpture installation including 67”x7’ large mural at Parliament /House entitled “ Mohnejodaro to Mahatama Gandhi” commissioned by the Parliament of India on the occasion of 50 years of India Independence .

He studied at JJ School of arts and primarily uses oil, watercolour, ink and conte’. He has lectured extensively in numerable art and architectural colleges and museums, on contemporary and traditional forms, and act as an advisor to many government and private art and cultural bodies. In addition to charitable donation locally and internationally, the artist actively led the relief and rehabilitation work of a village in Orissa after super cyclone in 1999.




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Jogen Chowdhury

Jogen Chowdhury

Biography

Born 1939, Faridpur, completed his graduation in Fine Art from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata (1960). He later studied in France during 1965-1967 on Government Scholarship at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

He has exhibited in his works in various international exhibitions including the ‘Triennales’ at New Delhi held in 1972, 1975 & 1978; at the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil in 1979; ‘Museum of Modern Art and Royal Academy of Art, London in 1982, Hirschorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. in 1982; II Havana Biennale, Cuba in 1986 and Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art & Meguro Museum of Art, Japan in 1988; Realms of Fantasy, Hong Kong, 2004; Inverting/Inventing Traditions, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, 2007.

He has been awarded at II Havana Biennale, 1986 and at International Prints Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1995. He was honoured with Kalidas Samman by Madhya Pradesh Government in 2001. Besides these honours, he has received numerous National Awards. He lives and works in Santiniketan.



Statement

During all these years, man and life, their complex co-existence, are the central concerns of my work. I am also sometime fascinated by Nature�s organic qualities, its design and rhythmic construction. People continue to be the dominating influence in my work. For the last few years, I have been deeply disturbed with the man�s brutality upon man, in Iraq, in U.S.A., in Russia, in U.K. or in India. Religious and racial riots in Gujarat, bombing and destruction by one country on another country, terrorist attacks on helpless children in Russia, or on the innocent public in other parts of the world, torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Gharib Jail and political killings in the village of Bengal, or other parts of India, torture and rape of women and young girls, have all affected me deeply. This suppressed humanity makes me alert, sad and disturbed. The present turmoil has affected me as a human being and is directly reflected in my art.


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Joyti Bhatt
K. G. Subramanyan

K. G. Subramanyan

Biography

Born in 1924, Kerala. Subramanyan studied at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan between 1944-48 under the guidance of Nandalal Bose, Binode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinkar Baij. He later studied at Slade School of Art, London on the British Council Research Scholarship during 1955-56. He received the John D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship in 1966. He was appointed Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1985 and the Christensen Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, U.K. in 1987-88. After serving as the Dean at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1989 he was appointed Professor Emeritus at Santiniketan. In 1976 he visited General Assembly of the World Crafts Council as Member Delegate in Mexico. The Government of India honoured him with a Padma Shri in 1975; he received the Kalidas Samman in 1981 and the Shiromani Kala Puraskar in 1994. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and in many major Biennales, including the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 1961 & 1971; the Tokyo Biennale, Japan, 1964; and the Menton Biennale, France, 1976. He has also held exhibition in Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art & Meguro Museum of Art, Japan, 1988; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, London, 1982 & 1988. In 2003, a retrospective of his work was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi and Mumbai. He lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat.


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M.F.Husain

M.F.Husain

Biography

Born in 1915, Pandharpur (Maharashtra), Husain was a self-taught artist. He began his career as a painter and designer of cinema hoardings, toys and furniture in Mumbai in 1937. He got noticed in 1947 when he won an award at the annual exhibition at the Bombay Art Society and received an invitation by F.N.Souza to join the Progressive Artists’ Group. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 1955; Padma Bhushan in 1973 and Padma Vibhushan in 1989. He was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1986. He was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil in 1971. He has held several solo shows and participated in major group shows including Venice Biennale, Paris; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil; Tokyo Biennale; Hirschhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; Royal Academy of Arts & Tate Gallery, London. ‘Art & Cinema on Husain’ by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi is amongst the many publications that have been published on the artist. He has been making films since 1967 including the documentary ‘Through the Eyes of the Painter’ which won the Golden Bear at the International Film Festival at Berlin, 1967; ‘Gaja Gamini’, 1999 and ‘Meenaxi - A Tale of Three Cities’ in 2004. He lives and works in London.


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Madhvi Parekh

Madhvi Parekh

Biography

Born in 1942, Sanjaya near Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Madhvi Parekh prides herself on being a self-trained artist. After her maiden exhibition at the Birla Academy in Kolkata in 1968 she has not looked back and gone on to show in exhibitions held across India and abroad including London, Amsterdam, New York, Australia and Kuwait. She has also participated in several workshops over the decades. Much has been written about her work in various publications on Indian art and artists brought out by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington and Balai Pustak, Jakarta. Geeta Kapur and Ghulammohammed Sheikh have made repeated references to her contribution in their essays on contemporary women artists of India. A documentary film ‘Dwitya’ was made in 1992 on Madhvi and her equally famous husband artist Manu Parekh by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. Madhvi Parekh lives and works in Delhi.


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Manjit Bawa

Manjit Bawa

Biography

Born in 1941, Dhuri (Punjab) Manjit Bawa studied art from Delhi School of Art, New Delhi between 1958-63. He later went to London to study Silk-Screen Printing from the London School of Printing, Warden, Essex, UK in 1964 and also worked there as an expert silk screen printer during 1967-71. He was a visiting lecturer at the College of Art from 1975-77 and between 1977-88 established a silk-screen workshop at Garhi Studios, New Delhi. He was Municipal Commisioner, Dalhousie from 1977-82; Commissioner, Bharat Bhavan; Curator for NGMA for shows in Syria, Egypt; co-curator of ‘India Songs’ for New South Wales Museum, Australia for Bharat Bhavan in Moscow and others. He participated in significant solo and group shows including, the Bose Pacia Modern One Man Show, 2000; Solos in Hong Kong, 2000; in London, 2005 in Berlin with Ravinder Reddy, 2005 and earlier in Spain, Washington DC, Singapore, San Sebastian apart from most of the major cities across India. A documentary based on his life directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta and produced by Ina Puri fetched the Rajat Kamal award in 2003. Publications include, ‘In my own words’ (with Ina Puri) and an authorised biography ‘In Black & White’ by Ina Puri. He is the recepient of the Kalidas Samman (2005-06) given by the Madhya Pradesh Government.


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S. H. Raza

S. H. Raza

Biography

Born in 1922, Babaria (Madhya Pradesh), Raza graduated from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai in 1943 and became one of the founding members of Progressive Artists’ Group in 1947. He received the French Government Scholarship in 1950 to study at Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is a recipient of Prix de la Critique, Paris, 1956; Rajkeeya Samman and Kalidas Samman by Government of Madhya Pradesh, 1978 & 1997; Officier de L’Ordre Des Arts et des Lettres by Government of France, 2002. He was conferred Padma Shri in 1981 and Padma Bhushan in 2007 by the Government of India. He was honoured with the Fellowship of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1983. In his long career, Raza has held several solo and group exhibitions in India and abroad which include Biennale de Venice, 1956; Biennale de Menton, 1964, 66, 68, 72 & 76; Biennale du Moroc, Rabat, 1963; Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 1986; Biennial of Havana, 1987; Jane Woorhese Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, 2002; ‘Swasti’, NGMA, New Delhi, 2007. Several publications have been released on his life and work which include ‘Bindu: Space and Time in Raza’s Vision’ by Geeti Sen, 1997; ‘Raza’ by Ashok Vajpeyi, 2002 and ‘A Life in Art: Raza’ written & edited by Ashok Vajpeyi, 2007. Raza lives and works in Paris and Gorbio, France


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The Singh Twins

The Singh Twins

Biography

In the Spotlight: The Singh Twins

The Singh Twins are contemporary British artists of international standing whose award winning paintings have been acknowledged as constituting a unique genre in British Art and for initiating a new movement in the revival of the Indian miniature tradition within modern art practice. Describing their work as ?Past ? Modern? (as opposed to Post Modern), their work engages with important areas of critical debate - challenging existing stereotypes and redefining generally accepted, narrow perceptions of heritage and identity in art and society. Combining elements from western and eastern aesthetics they assert the value of traditional and non European art forms to the continuing development of contemporary art practice - exploring cultural, social and political issues of global significance within a highly decorative, often witty and symbolic style which has universal appeal and transcends cultural barriers.

Their contribution to the arts on an international platform was officially recognized by their home city in UK, when they were made Honorary Citizens of Liverpool in 2009. Their work also received formal recognition at the highest level of the British establishment in 2011, when they were each awarded an MBE in the Queen?s Birthday Honours List, for services to the Indian miniature tradition of painting within contemporary art.

With paintings in private and public collections worldwide from the Royal Ontario Museum Toronto to The London Museum, the Twins continue to be invited to speak at institutions such as:

Tate Gallery, London
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
The National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi and Mumbai
The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and
The Library of Congress, Washington

Exhibitions of paintings from the significant body of work which they have created since 1987, have been hosted by Museums and Galleries around the world, including:

The National Gallery, London
The National Portrait Gallery, London
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington
The Royal Museums, Edinburgh
The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Mc Master Gallery, Hamilton Canada
and
The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and New Delhi where, at that time, they became the only British artists besides Henry Moore, to have been offered a solo show at this, India?s foremost venue for Contemporary Art.

For over more than two decades the Twins? work has received significant interest from academics, art students and University research scholars alike and is now incorporated into the formal Education system of Britain as elsewhere.

Their contribution to the field of arts has achieved wide media attention - featuring in numerous art magazines, journals and newspapers across the globe. Television and Radio coverage includes house guest appearances on Bloomberg TV?s ?Style?, Carlton TV?s ?Open House with Gloria Hunifford? and CBC?s ?Here and Now; and interviews for BBCWomen?s Hour, Mid Week, Front Row and Belief. In 1998 a film titled, ?Singh Out Sisters? which followed their first exhibition in Germany was screened by Granada Television as part of a series of programs profiling the creative talent of North West England and in 2001 an Arts Council Funded documentary on their work by Independent film maker Suman Bhuchar, titled, ?Alone Together? received 'The Best Film on Art' prize at the Asolo International Film Festival.

That same year the Twins were short-listed for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (in the category of Arts & Culture) and in 2002 were appointed official Artists in Residence to the UK Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Amongst the main stream publications profiling their work are such titles as the Penguin History of Scotland; The Oxford History of Art:Portraiture; The National Portrait Gallery?s The Portraiture Now; Marg Publication?s New Insights into Sikh Art and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History.

A New Direction
Since 2006 The Singh Twins have been developing their creativity through the medium of film. Their first production titled, ?Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Via Dolorosa Project?, being a short documentary about one of their most famous works depicting the Storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 and their latest film, titled ?The Making of Liverpool ? being an animated history of Liverpool.

Both films received the Creative Media Award at the Hollywood Sikhs Lens Film and Arts Festival.

Other Interests
Although more widely known for their paintings, The Singh Twins are also published writers and authors. Publications include a children?s poetry book titled, ?Bindhu?s Weddings? inspired by their paintings of British Asian life and an art history book titled, ?Images of Freedom? which draws on a selection of posters from the personal archive of popular and mass produced imagery pertaining to India which the Twins began collecting during their time as postgraduate students in 1990.

Fine Art Books
?Twin Perspectives: Paintings by Amrit and Rabindra KD Kaur Singh?, 1999. ISBN 0-9535111-0-3

?Worlds A-Part: The Art of The Singh Twins?, 2005. ISBN 0-9535111-1-1


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