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Eclectic Juncture

Annual Show of Gallery Collection
Presented by Art Alive Gallery
1st June 2009 - 20th June 2009
Art Alive Gallery
S-221, Panchsheel Park
New Delhi - 110017

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ARTIST(s)
Amitava Das

Amitava Das

Biography

Born in 1947, Delhi, Amitava completed his graduation from College of Art, New Delhi in 1972. He was appointed Lecturer at the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi in 1974. He was a visiting Lecturer at College of Art & Women’s Polytechnic, New Delhi during 1975-77. He received a Fellowship from Federal Republic of Germany for ‘Advanced Exposure to Graphic Design and Exhibition’ in 1989. He received the National Award in 1976. He has co-curated a Contemporary Indian Art show titled ‘The Yellow Deity’ for the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Museum of Contemporary Art/Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary. Since his first solo exhibition in 1969, he has participated in several exhibitions in India and abroad. Some of his important exhibitions include Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal, 1987; ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’ and ‘Three Contemporary Artists’, Germany, 1989 & 1991; ‘Indian Songs – Multiple Streams in Contemporary Indian Art’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 1993; Solo shows – Galerie FIA, Amsterdam, 1997; Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2005. A Film ‘A Painters Portrait’ has been made on him by K. Bikram Singh for Doordarshan. He 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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Baiju Parthan

Baiju Parthan

Biography

BAIJU PARTHAN (born 1956) took a BSc in botany and embarked on an engineering degree before escaping the sciences as well as his native Kerala. Enrolling for a BFA in Painting at the Goa College of Art, he arrived there at the height of the hippie counterculture. Parthan�s lifelong passion for cosmography, Buddhist mandalas, Jungian psychoanalysis, and shamanism originates in this period. Migrating to Bombay, Parthan joined The Times of India group as an editorial artist, working mainly for The Illustrated Weekly of India, which nurtured his literary, philosophical and artistic interests. Soon, he embraced the life of the independent artist, developing both his painting and his new-media projects, these latter being unveiled with a groundbreaking exhibition, �Brahma�s Homepage and Other Cyber Stuff (Gallery Lakeeren, Bombay, 2000). While translating his concern with pervasive global media flows from the digital to the painterly context, Parthan pioneered the trend that Nancy Adajania has described as �new mediatic realism�. Parthan has participated in numerous curated exhibitions, including �Under Construction� (Japan Foundation, Tokyo, 2002) and �ZOOM!� (co-curated by Nancy Adajania and Luis Serpa, Culturgest Museum, Lisbon, 2004). Ranjit Hoskote�s book on the artist, Baiju Parthan: A User�s Manual, was published by Afterimage, Bombay (2006).

Statement

'Base Metal' is the nomenclature used in ancient alchemy to denote a common or�any inexpensive metal that can be transmuted into Gold. Generally spoken about as the 'great work'�this alchemical process is actually a metaphor for personal transformation. I�have used these ancient alchemical references to speak about the information technology of today and its effect on our life. How cryptic computer codes and�binary streams made up of zero(s) and one(s) are transmuting our experience of reality for better or for worse.

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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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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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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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Manisha Gera Baswani

Manisha Gera Baswani

Biography

Born in 1967, New Delhi, she has completed her B.F.A and M.F.A from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi in 1990 and 1992 respectively.

She has held solo shows of her works across the country \'Hope is the thing with feathers\', Gallery Espace, New Delhi in 2012; Anant Gallery, Kolkata in 2007; Palette Gallery, New Delhi in 2006; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai in 2005.

Her works have been included in many group exhibitions held at both within and outside India including \'Tactile\', Latitude 28, New Delhi in 2012; ‘Fabular Bodies’, Curator Gayatri Sinha, Harmony Foundation, Mumbai in 2011; ‘De-Sizing’, Curator: Anupa Mehta, NCPA, Mumbai in 2007; ‘Telling it like this’, The Indian Story in London, Gallery Espace, New Delhi in 2007; ‘Paper Flute’, Curator: M L Jony, Gallery Espace, New Delhi in 2006 ; ‘Gallery Guild & Saffron Art\', Curator: Girish Shahane, Mumbai in 2004; ‘In Conversation’‚ Gallery Espace. Curator: Gayatri Sinha, New Delhi in 2002; ‘Kala Ghoda’‚ Art Festival, Mumbai in 1999 and National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 1992 .

She is a recipient of the National scholarship and Junior Fellowship from the Government of India in 1991-93 and 1995-97. She also received the French Government scholarship to study in Paris in 1993. Her works are part of the collection at the National Gallery of Modern Art. She lives and works in Gurgaon, Haryana



Statement

A painting is the ambrosia for the mind. The act of painting is a 360 degree exercise for me which allows meditative time, a structured discipline and immense personal gratification. I delight in the viewer\'s interpretation, for I do not myself weave any message in my works. Be it insects, galaxies, pop icons or ancient Indian murals, they all have a place on my canvas. The elements I choose take a life of their own from one painting to�the next because I leave them unfettered of any intellectual shackles. A night bird sits perched under the dark sky while a shower hangs precariously behind a curtain reminiscent of a Pichwai above a lotus pond.


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Paritosh Sen

Paritosh Sen

Biography

Born in 1918, Dhaka (now in Bangladesh), Paritosh did his Diploma in Fine Arts at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras in 1940. In 1942 he became the founder member of Calcutta Group. For further studies he went to Academie Andre Lhote in Paris and also studied painting at Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Murals at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts and History of painting at Ecole du Louvre between the periods 1950-53. He has been honoured with a French fellowship for Designing and Typeface in 1969-70 and John D. Rockfeller III grant in 1970-71. He is a recipient of Abanindra Puraskar from the government of West Bengal. During his long and illustrious career he has held over 30 solo shows all over India and abroad. He has also participated in over 100 group shows and exhibited at The Commonwealth Arts Festival, London, 1965 & 1986; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil in 1965, II Havana Biennale, Cuba in 1986. He lives and works in Kolkata.


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Partha Shaw

Partha Shaw

Biography

Born 1971 in Kolkata, Partha completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan in 1992 and Master’s in Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati, Kolkata in 1994. He has held solo shows of his work at Kolkata and New Delhi besides participating in many group exhibitions held in different parts of India and abroad including those at Mumbai, Bangalore and London. Partha has toured extensively and taken part in important art camps and workshops. His work is held by collectors in various parts of India and abroad. Partha lives and works in Kolkata.


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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; ‘Tatva–The 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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Rekha Rodwittiya

Rekha Rodwittiya

Biography

Rekha was born in Bangalore in 1958, got a BA in Fine Arts in Baroda in 1981 and an MA in the same from the Royal College of Art in London in 1984. Rodwittiya has always been concerned with the representation of the female figure: she had sown the seeds for a feminist practice of painting during the course of her Fine Arts degree in Baroda. The resistence of her male contemporaries towards a new gender representation spurred her desire to find the vocabulary to represent women without objectifying them, without allowing the viewer to play the role of voyeur. Rodwittiya represents large clothed Gauginesque women as the archetypal figure in their daily work rituals, dwarfing their tools and objects that surround them, in a celebration of the female protagonist.


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