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ART NOW

A Group Show
1st December 2016 - 31st December 2016

Art Alive Gallery

S - 221, 

Panchsheel Park

New Delhi - 110017



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Anjolie Ela Menon

Anjolie Ela Menon

Biography

Born in 1940, Burnpur (West Bengal), Anjolie completed her schooling at Lovedale after which she pursued a degree in English Literature from the Delhi University. Later following a brief spell at Sir J.J. School of Art, she received formal training in painting at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris on a French Government scholarship from 1959-61. She pursued further studies in France, U.K. and USA on the invitation of respective Governments during 1980-81.

Anjolie is a well-known muralist. She has had over 35 solo shows in India and abroad and has participated in several group shows  along with I, II, III International Triennale by Lalit Kala Akademi in 1968, 1972 & 1975; Paris Biennale, France in1980; at New York & Washington D.C. in 1980.

She is a recipient of Padma Shri by the Government of India and she is on the board of trustees of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Her work was shown in a major retrospective held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in 2002, which also toured other towns including Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore. Her life and work has been featured in important publications and films made for Doordarshan and CNN.

She lives and works in New Delhi.




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Arpana Caur

Arpana Caur

Biography

Born 1954. Exhibited since 1974 across the globe. Solos in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Chennai, London, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Singapore, Munich, New York and in Stockholm and Copenhagen National Museum. Her work can be seen in Museums of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dusseldorf, Singapore, Bradford, Stockholm, Hiroshima, Peabody Essex Boston, MOCA L.A, Brooklyn, Bharat Bhawan Bhopal & Victoria and Albert Museum London. Awarded a gold medal in VIth International Triennele 1986 in Delhi. Was commissioned by Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art for work for its permanent collection for its 50th anniversary 1995, and by Bangalore and Hamburg to do large non­commercial murals in public spaces. Since 1981 she did three large non-commercial murals in Delhi and one in Kathmandu. She has a concern for environment, time, spirituality, condition of women and growing violence in the world, rooted in the language of ancient Indian Sculptures and Miniatures.




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B Manjunath Kamath

B Manjunath Kamath

Biography

Born 1972 in Mangalore, he completed his BFA from the Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore (1989-1994) and was artist in residence at the School of Art & Design, University of Wales, Cardiff (2002).

Kamath has held five solo exhibitions: ‘Collective Nouns’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2011; ‘Conscious-Sub-Conscious’; ‘108 Small Stories’ & ‘Something Happened’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi in 2010, 2007 & 2006 and ‘About something’ at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, in 1996.

Kamath has presented his work in numerous group shows and been invited to participate in a number of curated exhibitions, both in India and overseas. The most recent include, ‘Living Walls: where gallery walls become artist’s canvas’ A collaborative art project with Art Alive Gallery, 2013; ‘Narratives of the Self: Autobiographies’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi in 2012; ‘Giant Elephant’, Indian contemporary art exhibition, H. Cube Ltd., Seoul, Korea in 2011; ‘Roots’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2010; ‘Marvelous Reality’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi ; ‘Retrieval Systems’, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Art Alive, New Delhi ; ‘Reclaim / Recite / Recycle’, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata in 2009; ‘ARCO Art Fair’, Madrid, Spain in 2009; ‘Chaos in Order’, 29 Hang Bai, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2008.

He has been awarded with Charles Wallace Scholarship, UK. He lives and works on New Delhi.




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Chandra Bhattacharjee

Chandra Bhattacharjee

Biography

Born 1961,West Bengal, Chandra graduated from the Indian College of Art and Draughtsman ship(1986 ) and Post-Graduate in Fine Arts, Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. (1989).

He has held 11 solo shows of his work to date, 4 each in Kolkata and New Delhi, two in Bangalore and one in Chennai. ‘Visual Diary’, Galerie 88 in 2010; ‘Aeons Visible’, Galerie 88 in 2008; ‘The Gallery on Cork Street’, London-Threshold in 2007; ‘Indelibilities’, Palette Art Gallery, Delhi in 2007; Jehangir Art Gallery’, Mumbai in 2005.

He has also been a part of a two person show that toured Bangalore, Singapore and Mumbai. Amongst his group shows he has participated in more than 60 groups shows across India and abroad, and his work has been included in ‘XIth Triennale’, India; ‘10th Harmony Show’, Mumbai; ‘Indian Contemporary art’, U.K.; ‘Lalit Kala Akademi’, New Delhi; ‘Water Colour show’, Kolkata ; ‘A Journey’ Mumbai; ‘New Paradigms-II’, New Delhi during the last few years.

He received gold medal from Rabindra Bharati University in 1986 for excellence in fine arts and received Taj Gaurav award in 2008. He lives and works in Kolkata.




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G. R. Iranna

G. R. Iranna

Biography

Born 1970, Sindgi, Bijapur, Karnataka took: B.F.A. Painting from College of Visual Art, Gulbarga (1992) and MFA in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi (1994).

Iranna has held more than 20 solo exhibitions of his work with galleries in New Delhi, Mumbai, London, Munich, Singapore, and Hong Kong, among other cities including ,‘Ribbed Routes’, The Guild Art Gallery. Mumbai in 2010; ‘The Birth of Blindness’, AICON Gallery, London & New York, UK & USA in 2008; ‘Disorder and Early Sufferings’ Gallery Muller & Plate, Munich in 2006; ‘Dream & Perplexity’ by The Guild, at Chitra Kala Paris hath, Bangalore.

He has participated in numerous group shows and been invited to participate in curated exhibitions, including, most recently, ‘Living Walls: where gallery walls become artist’s canvas’ A collaborative art project with Art Alive Gallery, 2013; ‘Giant Elephant’, Indian contemporary art exhibition, H. Cube Ltd., Seoul, Korea in 2011; ‘Indian (Sub)Way’, curated by Yashodhra Dalmia, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London, UK in 2010; ‘Retrieval Systems’, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, organised by Art Alive Gallery in 2009.

He has been invited to participate in Residencies and workshops that include the Residency by George Kith Foundation at Dambola, Sri Lanka in 2003; ‘ National Scholarship from Ministry of H.R.D., Government of India in 1996-1997 . He was awarded for K K Hebbar Foundation Award, for 2002; National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in1996. He lives and works in New Delhi.



Statement

If you are not good enough, you are not close enough.


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Jagannath Panda

Jagannath Panda

Biography

Born 1970, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, he completed his BFA in Sculpture at B.K. College of Arts and Crafts in Orissa (1991), and his MFA in Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda (1994) and consequently obtained a second MFA in Fine Sculpture from the Royal College of Arts, London (2002).

He has held solo exhibitions of his works including ‘Cults of Serendipity’, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco in 2012; ‘Metropolis of Mirage’, Nature Morte, New Delhi in 2011; ‘Nothing is Solid’, Mumbai (2007); at Berkley Square Gallery, London (2006); various shows in New Delhi and Mumbai in 2000-2005 and at Za moca Foundation Gallery, Tokyo (1998).

Amongst his group shows are‘Living Walls: where gallery walls become artist’s canvas’ A collaborative art project with Art Alive Gallery, 2013; ‘Indian Highway VI’,Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing in 2012; ‘Slipping Through The Cracks’, Lattitude 28, New Delhi in 2012; ‘A Further Global Encounter’, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London in 2012; ‘Indian Highway IV’, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, France in 2011; ‘Transformation’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in 2010; ‘Commonwealth Games Exhibition’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2010; ‘Beyond Globalization’, Beyond Art Space, Beijing in 2009; ‘Indian Art at swarovski ‘Crystal World’, 2nd Exhibition, Tirol- Osterreich, Austria in 2008; ‘Hear and Now: Young Voices from India’, London in 2007).

Jaganath won the Lalit Kala Akademi Award in1990, and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi in 1996 and Centre Prize, C.I.I.C, London in 2002. He lives and works in New Delhi.




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Jayasri Burman

Jayasri Burman

Biography

Born in Kolkata in 1960. She received her training in Fine Arts from the Kala Bhavan in Shantiniketan (1977-79) and later from the Visual College of Art, Kolkata at the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata (1979-80). She went to Paris and studied print-making under the guidance of Monsieur Ceizerzi in 1984.

She has held many solo shows including; ‘Gazing into the Myth’ at Visual Art Center, Hong Kong in 2014; ‘Fables and Folklore\', presented by Art Musings at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2010; ‘A Mythical Universe\', organised by Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2010 along with a release of a publication on her work and life.

Amongst her group shows across India and abroad is Art Stage in Singapore in 2014; ‘An Indian Summer’ at Gallery in Cork St. London presented by Art Alive Gallery in 2008; ‘Bollywood Show’ at Selfridges, London in 2001; the International Triennale, Intergraphic, Germany in 1987; Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal in 1986, among many others.

The Government of India has released a series of commemorative stamps with Jayasri’s works on the occasion of International Women’s Day in 2007. In 1985, she has awarded with the National Award from the Government of India. She has also received Outstanding Merit for Tempera in the Annual Exhibition by the College of Visual Arts in 1979. She is represented in several public and private collections all over the world, including the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

She lives and works in New Delhi.




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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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K.S. Radhakrishnan

K.S. Radhakrishnan

Biography

Born in 1956, Kerala, Radhakrishnan completed his B.F.A and M.F.A in Sculpture from Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan in 1979 & 1981 respectively. He received the National Scholarship by Ministry of Culture, Government of India in 1978 and subsequently, a fellowship from Lalit Kala Akademi to work at Garhi Studios in New Delhi in 1981. The sculptor was the recipient of an award by Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Kolkata in 1980. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows including ‘De la Sculpture Contemporaine’ organised by Salon International in France in 1994; ‘Contemporary Woman’ at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre in 2000. A book ‘K.S. Radhakrishnan’ written by R. Siva Kumar has been published on his works in 2004 by Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi.  He lives and works in New Delhi.




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Kishor Shinde

Kishor Shinde

Biography

Born in 1958, completed his Diploma in painting from MSU, Baroda. He has participated in various solo and group shows and exhibitions in Delhi and Hyderabad and has also, in addition is an awardee of Lalit Kala Akademi and the Gujarat State Lalit Kala award. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Laxma Goud

Laxma Goud

Biography

Born in 1940, Nizampur (Andhra Pradesh), Laxma Goud completed his Diploma in Drawing and Painting from Government College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad in 1963 and did his Post-Diploma in mural painting and printmaking at M. S. University, Baroda from 1963-1965, where he worked under Professor K. G. Subramanyan. He was Head of the Department at the Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Art and Communication, University of Hyderabad for several years. He was appointed as a Graphic Designer at Doordarshan for 15 years. He has been awarded the State Lalit Kala Award, Andhra Pradesh; Silver & Gold Medal by Hyderabad Art Society. He had his first solo exhibition in his hometown in 1965 and has held numerous exhibitions since then. Some of his important exhibitions include the Tokyo Print Biennale, Japan, 1976; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 1977; the Royal Academy of Art, London, 1982. He lives and works in Hyderabad and Jaipur.


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Manu Parekh

Manu Parekh

Biography

Born in 1939, Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Manu Parekh received his Diploma in Drawing and Painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1962. He has received several awards including ones instituted by the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata in 1971 & 1991; the President’s Silver Plaque from All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi in 1972. He is also a recipient of the National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1982. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 1992.  He has held solo shows across India and abroad and also participated in several group shows including III , IV & V International Triennale, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi in 1975, 1978 & 1981; ‘Modern Indian Painting’, Hirschorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Festival of India, Royal Academy of Art, London, 1982; ‘Benaras Landscape’, Singapore, 1990. His most recent solo shows include ‘Banaras’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2004 and with Berkeley Square Gallery, London, 2006. His works have also featured in the Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions.  A documentary film ‘Dwitya’ was made in 1992 on him and his artist wife Madhvi Parekh. It was sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.  He lives and works in New Delhi.

 

 




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Narayan Chandra Sinha

Narayan Chandra Sinha

Biography



Statement

Born in 1977, Sinha completed his Bachelors in Science from Calcutta University.

 

Narayan has held over 12 solo shows his works since 2000. His recent ones include; ‘Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata in 2008; ’The Address’, Kolkata in 2008; ’Sonar Bangla’, Kolkata in 2007; ‘Gufa Art Gallery, Ahmedabad in 2006; ’Jahangir Art Gallery’, Mumbai in 2005; ’Academy of Fine Arts , Kolkata in 2005.

 

He has also displayed his works at several group exhibitions the recent ones including; ‘Harmony Show’, Mumbai in 2006; ‘Birla Academy of Art & Culture-Open Air Painting Exhibition, Kolkata in 2004;  ’Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture’, Kolkata in 2003,2005 & 2006; ‘Durga Exhibition (La Mera), Kolkata in 2002 & 2004.

 

He lives and works in Kolkata.


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Nayanaa Kanodia

Nayanaa Kanodia

Biography

 Nayanaa Kanodia graduated from Lady Shri Ram College,New Delhi,  in Economics (Honours). She won  the National Scholarship of the Govt. of India. An economist turned painter,Nayanaa is entirely  a self- taught artist except for a year’s apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon.

 She had her first solo show in 1986 in Mumbai and has held numerous solo exhibitions since then in India and abroad.  In 1998, she was selected by The Commonwealth Institute from all the artists of the Commonwealth Countries for a solo show in their recently renovated complex in London. In 2001 she was invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to exhibit her paintings and to give a demonstration of her painting techniques.She is the first Indian of non-British origin whose works are in the collection of “Paintings In Hospitals”, UK, previously named as a British Museum.

 

 She has  participated in many group shows nationally and internationally including the ones in New York in 1988, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in 1997 and 1998, Dubai in 1998 ,2012,  London in 2001, 2002 , 2006,2012,  Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain’, Sete, France in 2001, Washington in 2001, Paris in 2002, Hong Kong in 2005, 2012, Singapore in 2006,  2011,  The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo in 2007, Johanesburg, South Africa in 2007.

 

She has conducted Art Camps in India and abroad.Her work also features in several auctions of Indian Contemporary Art  internationally

.Nayanaa”s  works are held in many major  public and private collections in India and abroad including the Musee International d’Art Naïve, Paris.

 

She is featured in a prestigious international book ‘  Women in Art ‘  by Reinhard Fuchs.

 

Impressed by the messages/ meanings conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos, USA   is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students.

 

She lives and works in Mumbai.



Statement

The Great Outdoors

 

Planned urbanization and mechanization remain crucial for human progress, and yet these advancements lead to a gradual loss of control. The more man craves technological progress with all its modern day comforts, the more alienated he becomes from his roots, over ourselves and our environment. In turn, we instinctively urge for the outdoors. Part of us yearns to connect with nature and feel the rejuvenating effect it has on our psyche. Unlike the constant obligations that demand something of us, the great outdoors gives something to us- a sense of coming home, of regaining our lost innocence, of finding peace at last.

 

My paintings are varying angles of a single prism. At first glance, you see a humored portrayal of a quaint scene; upon further examination, an integrated, multi-layered expression reveals itself. One can grasp the complexity and nuance of my vision only after abandoning our typical notions and then keenly observing the relationships and components at play. The projected images serve as a veneer, behind which an infinite number of experiences and interpretations are possible. Each painting has the potential for several meanings; one revealed by the presence of colours juxtaposed carefully to form a harmonious whole, one revealed by the intricate patterns and details, and one revealed by the underlying content and narration. Thus, what appears to be a choice of method (a technique involving four layers of colour) proves to be the seeds, sun, and water of a highly complex organism of construction.

 

The paintings intend to make you feel that you are watching a snapshot of life at maximum authenticity- exuberant and packed with bursting energy. There is one optical illusion born of another. Is the focus the scene at hand, the shapes and details that surround the people, both, or something else entirely? I seek to challenge the viewer to modify the typical way of reading conventional signs and patterns.

 

The conversation I hope to create in my work is a certain truth of life and on a deeper level, a well thought philosophy. I construct fantastic versions of accessible scenes, both rural and urban utopias. Individuals may interpret my paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing. A picture of the moment is built in which whole relationships are made visible. My work is all about time. And through my paintings, time is movement stilled.

 

Society continues to forge ahead in scientific advancement, seeming to accelerate the divide in our connection to nature. And yet, we find ways to bring the outside back into our lives, at times subconsciously, at times with great perspective and intention. Ultimately, the goal and thus the journey remains the challenge to balance the polarity of the worlds in which we reside.

 


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P R Daroz

P R Daroz

Biography

The ceramics of P.R Daroz has reflected in India the transition from domestic vessel to sculpture and architectural installation, in the course of his forty- year involvement with clay. Born at Hyderabad in 1944, Daroz completed the first leg of his education with a Diploma in Applied arts and Design (1967), as well as a further training in sculpture (1967-68), both from the College of Fine Arts and Architecture in Hyderabad. He then went on to pursue a further specialization in ceramics under Jyotsna Bhatt in the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda (1970-72).

 

In the span of his prolific works, Daroz has been credited with numerous solo in the country and abroad. The most noted of them include the ones held at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (1984), Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad and Pune (1985), Yohan Stores, Brunei (1989), Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai (2000 and 2008), Art Heritage, Delhi (2003), and ABS Bayers Art Gallery, Baroda (2004).

 

In addition, he has also participated in various national and international group shows. They include the Asian and Australian Bowl Exhibition, Lalit Kala Studio, New Delhi (1981), Indian Triennal of International Art, New Delhi (1986), OBIDOS International Biennale, Portugal (1987), the National Biennale of Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1988), the 3rd World Ceramic Triennial, Zagreb, Yugoslavia (1990), 2nd Beijing International Art Biennale, China (2005), Pravah and the Inaugural show, Harrington Street Art Centre, Calcutta (2010). 

 

The camps and workshops that Daroz often participates and co-ordinates in include, ceramic camp, Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad and Pune (co-ordinator; 1985), Invited by the late J. Swaminathan to set up and start a ceramic workshop, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1986-87), Paricipated at the World Ceramic Symposium, Yugoslavia and La’sal (1989), conducted ceramic mural workshop, Faculty of Fine arts, Baroda (1999), International Artists workshop, Istanbul ( 2003) , Artist’s camp, Singapore (2004), conducted mural workshop, Spain ( 2006), Travel workshop, Phuket, Thailand (2007), and ceramic workshop, Uttarayan foundation, Baroda (2009). 

 

Daroz’s name has come to be synonymous with architectural large scale ceramic installations in India. His impressive list of public commissions include the mural at the Sardar Patel Planetarium, Baroda (1976), mural of Large Stupa series pots, Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, (1991), mural at the American study centre, Delhi (1997), mural and columns , Hotel Spice Island, Chennai (1998), ceramic mural – Reliance Industries, Navi Mumbai (2008), Ceramic mural for Wadhwa developers, ‘Platina’ Corporate office, Mumbai (2010).  

 

For his contribution to the field of Indian ceramics, Daroz has been felicitated with various awards from government bodies as well as international art panels. They include, the Medallion and Trophy, OBDIOS International Biennale, Portugal (1987), Honoured for creativity in ceramics by Ceramics World Symposium, Yugoslavia (1989), Elected as member of International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva (1990), Honorable Degree, 3rd World Ceramics Treinnal, Zagreb, Yugoslavia (1990), Awarded senior fellowship by the HRD Department of culture, Government of India, New Delhi (1998), National Award for Ceramics Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi (2004).

 

A potter known for his bold and innovative techniques, Daroz has worked in a variety of registers. If he has produced utility-driven tableware, he has also created animal figures in the pursuit of sheer delight and experimented with abstract forms. His ceramic images address and dramatize the dilemma of form over function, and he utilizes the sheer materiality of clay along with his ease of skill and technique, to create works of complete virtuosity.




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Paresh Maity

Paresh Maity

Biography

Born in Tamluk, historical town in West Bengal in 1965. He has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, followed by Master’s Degree from the College of Art, New Delhi.

He has held over 65 solo shows including; ‘Shesh Lekha – The Last poems of Rabindranath Tagore’ a tribute in water colours by Paresh Maity to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at NGMA Delhi and Mumbai in 2011. He has participated in several prestigious shows in India and aboard. ‘A Mystic Journey’ an exclusive collection of his watercolour works was shown with the works of American photographer Steve McCurry, as a part of the festival “India Calling! 2010” at Chicago Tourism Center Gallery of Art, Chicago presented by Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi.

Several books have been published on the works of Paresh Maity, the recent amongst are \'The World on a Canvas – A Visual Voyage\' based on the works inspired by various travels of artist. Paresh is the second artist after M.F.Husain to be invited by the Kerala Tourism Department, Kerala Government in 2007 to do his own visual interpretation of Kerala which have been documented in a book \' An Enchanting Journey - Paresh Maity\'s Kerala\' published by Art Alive Gallery.

In 2010 Paresh completed a 7 x 850 foot mural, one of the biggest in the world for the new International terminal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Currently he is represented in several public and private collections all over the world, including the British Museum, the Commonwealth Development Corporation, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, Vatican Embassy in New Delhi, Tata Iron & Steel Co. ITC, RPG etc.

He has been felicitated by various national and international institutions including the Royal Watercolour Society, London, the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, British Council etc. He was honoured with the Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture and Education in 2012. In 2013, he has awarded with the ‘Hello! Hall of Fame Award’ for ‘The Artist of the Year 2013’ and also awarded with ‘Shera Bengali’ for Art. In February 2014, he was honoured with Padma Shri by the Government of India, the one of the highest civilian award in India, for his contributions to the Art world.

He lives and works in New Delhi, India.



Statement

During the every part of our life in very deep and rooted for me. The madness of colour and line inspired me to create Air, Water,, Fire, Earth and the Sky. With these elements, I Breath, I imagine, I conceive, I create everything with colouring and lines. My journey into the would of art and creativity has led, not only to the discovery of the chiaroscuro of light and shade, the beauty and warmth of light of colours but also to an inner tranquility � a quiet glow which I hope will act of a beacon of light to guide me on my journey in the years to come.


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Prabhakar Kolte

Prabhakar Kolte

Biography

Born in 1946, Nerur Par (Maharashtra), Kolte received his diploma from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1968. He later joined Sir J. J. School of Art in 1972 and taught for 22 years till he retired in 1994. He has held many solo shows across the country and abroad and participated in group shows including Contemporary Art in Maharashtra, 1975; VI International Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi; I National Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal in 1986; Six Indian Painters, Yugoslavia, Ankara & Istanbul in 1985; Contemporary Artists from SAARC countries, NGMA, 1992; Three Artists, Hong Kong, 1995; Galerie Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam, 1996; Modern Indian Art, New York, 2001; TatvaThe Elements, London, 2006. In 2001 his solo show was organised by Galerie Mueller & Plate in Germany. He lives and works in Mumbai.

Statement

My painting is my visual monologue.

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Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai

Biography

Raghu Rai

Indian, b. 1942


Raghu Rai was born in the small village of Jhhang, now part of Pakistan. He took up photography in 1965, and the following year joined \"The Statesman\" newspaper as its chief photographer. Impressed by an exhibit of his work in Paris in 1971, Henri Cartier-Bresson nominated Rai to join Magnum Photos in 1977.

 

Rai left \"The Statesman\" in 1976 to work as picture editor for \"Sunday,\" a weekly news magazine published in Calcutta. He left in 1980 and worked as Picture Editor/Visualizer/Photographer of \"India Today\", India’s leading news magazine, during its formative years. From 1982 to 1991, he worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes, many of which became the talking point of the magazine.

 

In the last 18 years, Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India. He has produced more than 18 books, including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Tibet in Exile, India, and Mother Teresa.

 

For Greenpeace, he has completed an in-depth documentary project on the chemical disaster at Bhopal in 1984, and on its ongoing effects on the lives of gas victims. This work resulted in a book and three exhibitions that have been touring Europe, America, India and southeast Asia since 2004, the 20th anniversary of the disaster. Rai hopes that the exhibition can support the many survivors through creating greater awareness, both about the tragedy, and about the victims – many who are still uncompensated – who continue to live in the contaminated environment around Bhopal.

 

Rai was awarded the ‘Padmashree’ in 1971, one of India’s highest civilian awards ever given to a photographer. In 1992, his National Geographic cover story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” won him widespread critical acclaim for the piece. Besides winning many national and international awards, Rai has exhibited his works in London, Paris, New York, Hamburg, Prague, Tokyo, Zurich and Sydney. His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers including \"Time\", \"Life\", \"GEO\", \"The New York Times\", \"Sunday Times\", \"Newsweek\", \"The Independent,\" and the \"New Yorker\".

 

He has served three times on the jury of the World Press Photo and twice on the jury of UNESCO\'s International Photo Contest.

Raghu Rai lives in Delhi with his family and continues to be an associate of Magnum Photos. 




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Ranjeeta Kant

Ranjeeta Kant

Biography

Ranjeeta is a post-graduate in Anthropology and painting has been a passion for her since her childhood. She joined Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi & further developed her skills as an artist.

 

She has participated in a number of significant group shows and has held successful solo shows in Delhi, Tagore Centre, Berlin & Nehru Centre, London. She has also participated in art camps, and has done a workshop in "Egg Tempera" technique conducted by the French artist Chritian Purad.  She lives & works in New Delhi.




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Riyas Komu

Riyas Komu

Biography

Born 1971 Kerala completed both his B.F.A and M.F.A from Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai (1999).

His solo exhibition includes; \'Condition\', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi in 2012; \'Oil\'s Well, Let\'s Play!\', Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan in 2010-11; \'Subrata to Cesar\', Gallery Maskara, Mumbai in association with The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2010; \'Safe to Light\', Azad Art Gallery, Tehran in 2010; \'Related List\', Bodhi Art, Berlin; \'Mark Him (Second Half)\', Galerie 88, Kolkata in 2008.

He has participated in number of group shows across the globe, including \'Peak Shift Effect\', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi in 2013; \'2 + 2 = 5\', The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi; \'The Contemporary Sultanate\', presented by Exhibit 320 at One Style Mile, Olive, New Delhi in 2012; Gallery Sumukha, Chennai; \'Pause: A Collection\', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; \'High-Light\', presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon; \'Palimpsest\', Aicon Gallery, New York; \'Tolstoy Farm: Archive of Utopia\', presented by Seven Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; \'Tech-Cut-Edge-Revelations\', Ashna Gallery, New Delhi; \'Myth - Reality: Constructing Cult-ure\', The Guild, Mumbai in 2011.

He is a recipient of K.K.Hebbar Foundation Society Scholarship in 1997- 1999, Bombay Art Society Award in 1996 and Maharashtra State Art Prize in 1995. He lives and works in Mumbai.



Statement

These three photographs are taken in New York, recently, with an interest to illustrate the�portrait of a new age city-sky.


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S. Harsha Vardhana

S. Harsha Vardhana

Biography

Born 1958 in New Delhi, Harsha did his M.Sc. in Bio Science from The Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani in 1980 and diploma in Business Management. He is a self taught artist and held his solo exhibitions at Singapore; Chennai; Mumbai and thrice in New Delhi. He has also participated in several group shows across India and abroad including First Biennale of Contemporary Art, Romania in 2005; Indian artist for France, New Delhi Young contemporary artists, New Delhi in 2004; 2D / 3D, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong in 2003; Chennai and Mumbai in 2002; New Delhi in 2001; Post Modern Indian Art, USA in 1997; Bharat Bhawan Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal in 1996. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Senaka Senanayake

Senaka Senanayake

Biography

Senaka Senanayake (born 1951) is a Sri Lankan artist who attained fame early in life as a prodigy, for his works of art. He held his first international one- man exhibition at the age of ten, in New York. Although he painted copiously and held many shows both in his native country as well as aboard, it was only after he went to Yale school for graduation in Art and Architecture did he realize that his true calling lay in the field of art. Yale, at that time was pulsating with vibrant political activities and Senaka with his family’s political background was naturally drawn to it. However, those years at Yale were more crucial for him as an artist, for till then he had been largely self taught. But at Yale, the formal classes of art training expanded his knowledge to the history of art of the entire world till then.

After moving back to Sri Lanka post Yale, Senaka immersed himself headlong into painting. His years of training at Yale had helped him evolve a mode of expression which had matured greatly. He also began to delve deeper into the various environmental issues concerning Sri Lanka. Of them, he was particularly bothered by the rapidly decreasing plight of the rain forests, and his present series of works are an attempt to engage the audiences by making them aware of this pertinent situation.

Senaka’s work has been shown at most parts of Europe and South Asia with critical acclaim. Till date he has more than 100 solo shows to his credit, and numerous group shows in the countries of Europe, China, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Czechoslovakia, Korea and Egypt to name a few. His work has been documented by Metro Goldwyn, British Movieton News, BBC TV, London, Yeo Soo TV, South Korea, TV Austria, and Star TV, India. Various journals, magazines and newspapers such as The New York Sunday Times,Washington Post. London Times, Weser Kurier, Germany, UNESCO Features, Paris, National Geographic Magazine, Asia Week and many others, too have devoted their mediums to document the talent and work of this august artist Senaka Lives and works in Sri Lanka.


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Sujata Bajaj

Sujata Bajaj

Biography

An artist with a deep neck for tribal art was born in 1958, Jaipur, Rajasthan and graduated and Mastered in Art and Painting from Pune, Maharashtra. An influence of tribal art and culture led her to a Ph.d in Fine Arts, on Indian Tribal Art, and this reflect greatly in her works. She also studied at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris, on French government scholarship in 1988-89. Sujata has held around 25 individual shows in India and over 20 international shows and participated in more the a dozen group shows across India and abroad including in U.K, France, Norway and Saffronart in Los Angeles in 2001. She was conferred with Chancellors Award S.N.D.T University, Mumbai, selected for International Youth Achievement by Cambridge University, UK.in1986 and also holder of Raza Award in 2003, Bombay Art Society Award and the Maharashtra State Art Award. She lives and works in Paris.

Statement

Whether I am in Norway or Paris or London, I always see colour see colour, it is an intrinsic part of my way of seeing. I come from Rajasthan where colour is celebrated; it is a part and parcel of the everyday life of its inhabitants. I love watching the leaves in autumn. Agni and Jal the two elements that are so vital in the shastras. If you take the first alphabet of each, it becomes AJ this itself means never ending, eternal and this is the energy that resides in my works.

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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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Thota Vaikuntam

Thota Vaikuntam

Biography

Born in 1942, Boorugupalli (Andhra Pradesh), Vaikuntam studied at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad from where he graduated in 1960. In 1971, he won the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship to study Painting and Printmaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda under Prof. K.G. Subramanyan. He won the Bharat Bhavan Biennale Award, Bhopal in 1988 and the National Award awarded by the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1993. He has also received the National Award for Art Direction of film Daasi in 1988-89. He has held several solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions, prominent being VII International Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, 1991; Art Encounter, Kassel, Germany, 1992; India-Encounter II, Lee Arthur Studio, New York, 1994-95. A retrospective show of his works was organised by Art Alive Gallery in New Delhi in 2005. The gallery has also published a book on his life and art written by Sushma Bahl. He lives and works in Hyderabad.


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V. Ramesh

V. Ramesh

Biography

Born 1958 Andhra Pradesh completed both his graduation and Post Graduation in Fine Arts from M.S. University, Baroda.

He has held solo exhibition of his works at ‘Why Cross the boundary’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi in 2011-2012; ‘A Thousand and One desires’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai & Gallery Threshold, New Delhi in 2005; ‘Pundole Art Gallery’, Mumbai in 1988 .

Ramesh has participated in several group shows including ‘Recent Trends in Contemporary Indian’, Art, Vadehra Art Gallery in 1995; ‘Second Biennale of Art’, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in1988; ‘Second Biennale’ at Havana, Cuba in1982; ‘National Exhibition’, New Delhi in 1982; ‘All India Graphic Exhibition’, Chandigarh in 1981.

He received the Junior Fellowship from the Department of Culture in1990-93, Sanskriti Award in 1993 and a Senior Fellowship, Department of Culture in 1995-97. He lives and works out of Vishakhapatnam.




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Art NOW! is about art today. The show portrays the current art practices and how they have evolved over the last few years. The exhibition will showcase the works of some distinguished artists that are the faces of Indian art, along with the works of some bright emerging artists who are evolving their distinctive styles. Contemporary art is reaching out to a larger audience and globally evolving. The artists have been experimenting with newer mediums and are responding to the environment around them. The artworks highlight the signature style of each artist, depicting the current cultural and global influences on Indian art, thus creating a deeper interest in art today. 



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