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Think Small!

A big show of small works
Presented by Art Alive Gallery
10th September 2009 - 26th September 2009

Art Alive Gallery
S-221, Panchsheel Park
New Delhi - 110017



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Akkitham Narayanan

Akkitham Narayanan

Biography

Born in 1939 in Kerala, Akkitham Narayanan received a Diploma in Painting from the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, India. He then studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris on a Government scholarship. He has won the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award thrice. He is the recipient of the IV International Festival of Painting Award, in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. Narayanan's works have been exhibited widely in India and internationally. Akkitham Narayanan lives and works in Paris.


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Angeli Sowani

Angeli Sowani

Biography

Born 1959 in New Delhi, Angeli completed her Degree in Visual Communications, Graphic Design & Illustration from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 1983. She has held her solo shows at Mumbai in 2006, 2001, 2000 & 1997; at Hong Kong in 2002, 2000 & 1998; at London in 2004 and Bangkok in 1995. She has also participated in several group show shows across India and abroad which include Harmony Show , Mumbai in 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2003, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong in 2001 & 2002; Contemporary Indian Art, Chicago in 1998. She lives and works in London.



Statement

The myths, rites and rituals of Hinduism are deeply woven into the fabric of Indian society. Even to the sceptic or non-believer, certain words and stories invoke emotions and impressions. Amavasya, the moonless night, conjures up images of contrast, flickering lights against darkness and an end against a new beginning.


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Apurva Desai

Apurva Desai

Biography

In Apurva Desai's canvas the self is given over to the experience; he paints monumental human forms dissolved into its location. Born 1962 in Baroda , Apurva presently lives and works in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.He pursued Diploma {Painting} from C. N. College of Fine Art, Ahmedabad (1987) and Masters {Painting} from M.S.U, Baroda (1989). He worked for 2 years under the guidance of Rekha Rodwittiya. He has held 15 solo shows including at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi in 2006 & 2002; at Ahmedabad in 2006, 2002, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1990 & 1987; Kolkata in 1997. He has also participated in several group shows, more prominent amongst which are Emerging India, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007; Romania in 2005; London in 2003; Goan Art Forum in 1995 and Fifth Northern Region Art Exhibition in Delhi in 1993. He has been honored with several scholarships and awards from Gujarat State Government in 1987-88; Ministry of Human Resources, New Delhi in 1989-90; Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad in 1991; Vikram Sarabhai Foundation, New Delhi in 1991-92; awarded by Lalit Kala Akademy Gujarat in 1985, 1991 &1995 and Navdeep Sanskrutik Pratisthan, Gujarat in 1990 for his contributions to Art and Charles Wallace India Trust Residence Award, London in 2003.



Statement

Having started out with huge oil painting chock-a-block with detail, I have continuously distilled technique and fine-tuned my focus so much so that even my language has changed. Not only in the subject matter, this progression of ideas has been like a peeling back of layers in each successive work. Reducing color, Clutter, size as well as the layering that was characteristic of my earlier works, my current work has become more austere, and elemental but conversely, the depth of expression has become more intimate, more in-tune with the worker and the subject. In the latter half of this work, I have eliminated even color to suggest not just the blurring of the lines between the man and the metal but the total boundary less amalgamation of the scrap and the worker- giving life to the scrape by making it an integral part of the human being. Where does one begin and the other end?


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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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Binoy Varghese

Binoy Varghese

Biography

Born 1966 in Kerala, Binoy did his National Diploma in Fine Arts from R.L.V College of Fine Arts, Kerala. He was the artist-in-residence at Aicon gallery,new york in 2007; Banff Centre for Arts, Alberta, Canada in 2000 and Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai during 1994-98. He has held Six one-man shows at New Delhi, Canada, Chennai. He has also participated in three Two-men shows and many group shows which include ‘Reading Paint’, Bangkok in 2007; ‘Definitively Provisional –II’, Copenhagaun, Denmark; 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh in 2004; Miami Art Festival, Sponsored by Jacob Karpio Gallery Costa Rica in 1999; 41st National Academy Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi in 1998. He has received several awards including the National Award by National Academy of Arts, New Delhi in 1998; a fellowship from the Madhavan Nair Foundation, Kochi in1993 and a scholarship from the Arnawaz- Vasudev Charitable Trust from 1994 to 1996. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

Statement

‘My paintings are about the issues closer to my heart, In the new series of works I painted the children glowing in their dark and brown skin ,the social marker of their existence .selecting dark or brown complexioned persons or women in burka with unidentifiable complexion. I postulate body as information. The physical body of a person has become the embodiment of information regarding his identity.’

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C.F.John

C.F.John

Biography

The works of C. F. John attempts to find the present context of Art, looking through the rational and emotional human existence. Born 1960 in Thrissur, Kerala, John presently lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka. After his studies in Philosophy, John opted for the age old tradition of Gurukul and had his initiations’ in Art under Jyothi Sahi at Silvepura Bangalore. He has held his solo show at Cochin in 2005; Bangalore & Mainz and Saarbrucken, Germany in 1997 and Alliance Francaise, Bangalore in 1991. He has also had 3 two men shows, two in New Delhi in 2002 & 2003 and one in Bangalore in 2002. He has also participated in several group shows in India and Abroad, lastly being ‘Emerging India’, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007. He has been awarded at Arad International Biennale of Art, Romania in 2005; ‘Honourable mention’ - 10th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh in 2002 and ‘Honorable Mention’ - 42nd National Exhibition of Art by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2000. He has also been working on site/theme specific art events using installations, dance and photography focusing on social-cultural concerns.


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Debraj Goswami

Debraj Goswami

Biography

In a photorealistic manner, Debraj constructs an image that narrates the negotiations between knowledge of Art and its twisted interpretations. Born 1973 in Serampore, West Bengal, Debraj presently lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat. He completed his BFA from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (1997) and MFA from M.S.U, Baroda (1999). He has had three solo shows of his works at ‘Recycled masterpieces’, New Delhi & ‘My Experience with Half Truth’, Mumbai in 2006 and ‘Don't / Please Take it otherwise’, Mumbai in 2001. He has participated in several group shows across India and abroad prominent being ‘Emerging India’, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007, 6th Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennale, Bhopal in 2004; ‘F-N_FN’ Auction by Neville Tuli, NCPA, Mumbai (2003), 4th Egyptian Print Triennale, Egypt (2003). He has received the Charles Wallace (India) Trust fellowship to work and visit in UK in 2001.


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Deepak Tandon

Deepak Tandon

Biography

Born in 1965, is a self taught artist, who completed his education in law from Delhi University. He holds several solo and group shows to his credit, in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chandigarh and his works are housed in important collections with some of the big business houses of the country. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Farhad Hussain

Farhad Hussain

Biography

Born 1975 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Farhad completed his B.F.A in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in 2003 and M.F.A in Painting from M.S.University, Baroda in 2005. He has held his solo show at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda in 2005. He has participated in many group shows nationally and internationally at Singapore & Hong Kong in 2006. Currently he lives and works in New Delhi. He has received Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship from M.S.University, Baroda in 2004. He has also awarded the most promising artist by India Habitat Centre in 2006. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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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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Jayashree Chakravarty

Jayashree Chakravarty

Biography

Born in 1956, Khoai, Tripura
She studied painting from wide range of art education institutions, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and M. S. University, Baroda. She has also been an artist in residence at the École d’Art, Aix-en-Provence, France. She has been honoured with the Bombay Art Society Award, Mumbai (1980), II Bharat Bhavan Biennial Award (1988), British Council Visitorship grant (1989), French Govt. Scholarship (1991) and Honourable Mention Award, Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1997) to mention some. She has held several solo shows since 1992 regularly in Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata. Her major solo shows include: ‘Where the Sand meets the Sky’, New York and ‘New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India’, Chicago in 2007; ‘Route Map of Experience’, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (2003); ‘The Mind is its Own Place’, New York (2002) and at Ecole d’Art, Aix-en-Province, Paris (1995). Chakravarty is probably the only Indian artist to show at the prestigious Drawing Centre in New York (1998). She has been part of prestigious group shows in India and abroad like ‘Crossing Generations: Divergence’, Mumbai (2003); ‘Moving Ideas: A Contemporary Dialogue with India’, Vancouver (2001); ‘Boundlessly various and Everything Simultaneously’, curated by Peter Nagy, New York (2000); ‘Fire and Life’ in Canberra after an Indo-Australian residency in Calcutta and Brisbane (1997); ‘Watercolours: A Broader Spectrum’, Mumbai and ‘Women Artists of India: A Celebration of Independence’, Oakland in 1995. ‘India: Contemporary Art’, Amsterdam and ‘Indian Eclectics’, Sponsored by French Embassy and Sanskriti Prathisthan, New Delhi in 1989 to name a few. Her works are held by several prestigious collections in India and abroad.

She lives and works in Kolkata.


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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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Kanchan Chander

Kanchan Chander

Biography

Born 1957 in New Delhi, Kanchan studied art for her Foundation Year at Weisensee Kunst Hochschule in Berlin and BFA in painting and printmaking from Delhi College of Art, New Delhi. During 1979-80 she was a Guest student in print making at College of Art, Chile. Recipient of a Grant from Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi; French Government Scholarship, Ecole Des Beaux, Paris and Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resources Development. Delhi, she was a Lecturer at College of Art, Delhi between 1986-2005. To-date she has held 13 solo shows in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Nepal and Japan and has also participated in various group shows across India and overseas including Norwegian International Print show, Triennale India; International Print Biennale at France, Bhopal, Yugoslavia, Japan and the UK. She is a Founder member of Indian Printmakers Guild and co-curated ‘See Through’ with Sushma Bahl and ‘Combine’ for Gallery Alternations and Vis-à-Vis. The awards to her credit include those of the Yuva Mahotsava; Sahitya Kala Parishad; Women’s All India A.I.F.A.C.S and International Print Biennale from Bradford, UK.

Statement

I have over the last 25 years<

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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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Lalitha Lajmi

Lalitha Lajmi

Biography

Born in 1932, had no formal training in art, but reached a maturity in her work through a prolonged and deep association with the field. She holds several solo and group shows to her credit both in the national and international levels. Besides which, she has also participated in various international print biennales and has been awarded for her work by the ICCR for travel grants to (then) East and West Germany for exhibitions, the Bombay Art Society, the Maharashtra Art Society. She lives and works in Mumbai.


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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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Manish Pushkale

Manish Pushkale

Biography

Born in 1973, Manish. He has held his solo shows at the Kolkata in 2005; the Alliance France Francaise in India, organized by French embassy, New Delhi in 2004-05; New Delhi in 2004; Maison Des Sciences De L’Hommes, Paris in 2003; Mumbai in 2002; ‘Aurodhan’, Bank of America, New Delhi in 1997 and Bhopal in 1994-95.He has held Two-Man shows with Akhilesh at Germany and with Abie Kimmare Loy at Perth in 2005; with S. Harsha Vardhana at Singapore and with S.H.Raza at Mumbai in 2003. He has also participated in several group shows across India and abroad at Norway, Dubai, France, Hong Kong, London, New York, Japan. He has received Raza Foundation Award in 2003; 1st Bharat Bhawan Annual Exhibition, Certificate Award, Bhopal in 2002; AIFACS Award in 1997. He was the artist in residence at France in 2003. He lives and works in New Delhi.

Statement

For me, colour is an experience. It is the internalized perception of a world that is complex which in its materiality on canvas or paper becomes the embodiment of a transcendentally lucid concentration. While colour became the core around which my work evolved, it also became the immersive environment within which I explored texture. Then I realized that colour was much more than a mere experience – it became the fulcrum of my foundation and through it I created temporal as well as contemplative energies. The forms that get reduced or magnified in my works are more a passage to my experiences and associations – they are the artistic quest within me, because they are born out of propositions of apply and excavate, add and subtract. In that process they are aimed at the ultimate search – the path of a creative state that seeks integration with the sublime.

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Neeraj Bakshi

Neeraj Bakshi

Biography

Born in 1970. Neeraj completed his BFA from Kashmir University in 1992 .He held his first solo show at IIC, New Delhi in 1995. Thereafter in 1998 he held a solo show abroad in Nairobi, Kenya, Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 and Art Alive in 2004. He has to his credit several group shows in India and abroad. Neeraj is recipient of many prestigious grants like the Creative Fund Grant, Luxemburg in 1995 and INLAKS Grant, London in 1997. He has also received fellowship award from ministry of H.R.D. for outstanding artist in 1996-1997. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Neeraj Goswami

Neeraj Goswami

Biography

Born 1964 in Patna, Neeraj completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Delhi College of Art. A painter of considerable repute, his work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows across India and Abroad. He received the prestigious Bharat Bhavan Award at the Second Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art held at Bhopal in 1988, followed by a Research Fellowship from the Lalit Kala Akademi the same year. Neeraj has also worked as a muralist and a portrait painter and his work is much sought after by serious collectors in various parts of India and overseas. Neeraj lives and works in New Delhi.


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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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Pooja Iranna

Pooja Iranna

Biography

Born in New Delhi in 1969, she completed her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in painting from College of Art, New Delhi in 1991 and 1995 respectively. After starting with the solo show, 'Paper Works', New Delhi in 1996, Pooja has held 'House Of Cards', New Delhi in1999, 'Reflections', London in 2002 and 'Metamorphic Mathematics', Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi in 2003-2004, besides participating in several group shows in India and abroad which include 'Towards Abstraction', New Delhi in 2005; 'Negotiating Matters/s', New Delhi in 2005 and 43rd National Exhibition, Bangalore in 2001. Pooja received a Junior Fellowship in 1998-1999 and a National Scholarship 1992-95, by the Government of India and is also the recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Award in 2002 and Garhi Grant by Lalit Kala Academi in 2003-2004.She lives and works in New Delhi.


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Rajeshwar Rao

Rajeshwar Rao

Biography

Born in 1960, completed his B.F.A. from Andhra University and M.F.A from Central University, Hyderabad. He has held solo shows at the Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore; Alliance Francaise, Hyderabad; Gallery Golden Threshold, Hyderabad; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai ; and at the Gallery Espace, New Delhi. He lives and works in Hyderabad.


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Reji K.P

Reji K.P

Biography

Born 1972 in Kerala, Reji has completed his BFA & MFA in Painting from M.S. University, Baroda in 1998 & 2000 respectively. He has held 4 solo shows Since then, he has participated in many solo shows ‘Just Above My Head’, Mumbai in 2006; Bangalore in 2001; Show curated Nirali Lal, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 2000 and Kerala in 1999. He has participated in several group exhibitions in various places like Bangkok, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara & Kochi. He lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat.


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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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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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Sharmi Chowdhury

Sharmi Chowdhury

Biography

Born in 1974. She completed her BFA in Painting from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in 2003 & M.F.A. in Painting from M.S University Baroda in 2005. She has held her solo show at Sarjan Art Gallery Baroda in 2005. She has also participated in many group shows in Kolkata, Mumbai, Baroda and New York. She has won Camlin Art Award in 2003 and Nokia Art Award in 1998 and has received Kalabhavan merit scholarship in 1998 – 2002. She lives and works in Baroda.

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Shipra Bhattacharya

Shipra Bhattacharya

Biography

Born in 1954 in West Bengal, Shipra did her graduation from Calcutta University in 1975 and studied art at the Govt.College of Art & Craft and at the College of Visual Arts Calcutta, under guidance of Shuvaprasanna in 1977 and 1980 respectively.. Starting with her first solo show in her home town, she has held over 12 solo exhibitions across India and abroad. She has also participated in numerous group shows including at Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York, Germany and Dubai. Four portfolios of her drawings and graphics have already been brought out and her work is held in important public, corporate and private collections both in India and abroad. She lives and works in Kolkata.


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Shuvaprasanna

Shuvaprasanna

Biography

Born 1947 in Calcutta, Shuva graduated from the Indian College of Art, Kolkata and received his subsequent training in printmaking at workshops including those in USA and Germany. An active member of the Calcutta Painters’ Group, Shuva is a teacher, facilitator and painter all in one. His work has been exhibited in over 30 solo shows and many more group exhibitions in India and abroad including those held at the Birla Academy Calcutta, Gallery Les Hirondelles Geneva, Sotheby’s and Arts India New York, Christies London and IGNCA New Delhi. He has also participated in a number of international projects, workshops and art camps, more important amongst which are the Museum of Modern Art, Sitomo, Japan; Horniman Museum London and the German Festival in India. He has a number of awards and publications to his credit including the AIFACS, State LKA and Birla Academy Awards. His work can be seen in many public and private collections in India and abroad including the NGMA and LKA, Delhi; Air India; Times of India Group and WHO Geneva. Shuva lives and works in Kolkata.


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T. M. Azis

T. M. Azis

Biography

Azis plays with the graphic value of an image, making viewing both an inquisitive and interrogative act. Born 1962 in Trichur, Kerala, Azis presently lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka. He did his Bachelors from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum (1987) and M.F.A from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi (1991). Starting up with the first solo show in 1986 in Trivandrum, he has held shows in Bangalore, Pondichery and Mumbai in 1999 in addition to his participation in over 40 group shows including ‘Emerging India’, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007; 'The Magical Mystery Tour', Bangalore in 2002 ; 'Temples of the Mind-2' , New Delhi in 2002; '7th Harmony Show', Mumbai in 2002; 'Walls of memories', Bangalore in 2003; 'Quilted', Bangalore in 2003; 'Waterlines', New Delhi in 2003 including 10th Triennale in 2001 and First Biennale on Contemporary Arts, Arad, Romania in 2005. Awarded by 12th All India Exhibition of Art, Bangalore in 1989, Regional Art Exhibition, Chennai in 1992 and 25th State Exhibition of Art, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy in 1991.


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Tara Sabharwal

Tara Sabharwal

Biography

Tara Sabharwal was born in Delhi, studied painting at MS University, Baroda and completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art in London on a British Council scholarship. As a student in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum bought her work and she showed at Bernard Jacobson and Christopher Hull galleries.

On returning to India she had solo shows at Art Heritage and Cymroza galleries and after three years left for the UK on the Myles Meehan fellowship. This was followed by the Durham Cathedral fellowship and shows at the Laing Art Gallery, DLI Museum, and the Darlington Art Center along with teaching in Newcastle and Sunderland Art colleges.

In 1990 Tara visited New York and since then lives between India, UK and NY, making paintings and prints and continuing to show internationally. She has had solo shows at Harewood House, Mercury, La Monte, East West and Rebecca Hossack galleries in London; Galerie Scherer, Michael Oess, Galerie Schwerpunkt and Martina Janzen in Germany; Henry Street settlement, John Jay, Stephen Harris and Gallery 678 in New York and Art Heritage, Cymroza, Nazar, Sakshi and Art Alive galleries in India. She has shown at HISHIO, Japan, Orvieto arts festival, Italy and Versailles, Chamalieres and Duoro Print Triennials in France and Portugal. In 2013 she has had solo shows at Arts Karsruhe (Germany), Idler gallery (London), Martina Janzen gallery, Dusseldorf and later at the Manhattan Graphic Center, NYC.

She has taught art at the Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a school, City University (CUNY) and the Rubin Museum of Art. She has received the Henry Street fellowship, International Cultural Collaboration Grant, Cooper Union Residency, Hishio International Exchange Residency in Japan and her work is in the collection of the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum (a second collection) in London, the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston and the Library of Congress in Washington DC.




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Walter Emilio D'Souza

Walter Emilio D'Souza

Biography

Born in 1957,Mumbai and did his Masters in Fine Art, Print Making from Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in 1983. He was a visiting Faculty at School of Architecture, K.L.Campus, Ahmedabad, during 1988-2003 and meanwhile continued his exhibitions in India and abroad. His major solo exhibitions have been in Ahmedabad in 1999, Mumbai in 1995 and 1999 in New Delhi in 1991. Among his participation in several group shows, those held recently were in Kolkata in 2003, New Delhi in 2003 and 2000 besides showing up in the 7th International Print Triennial, Finland in 1993.Walter lives and works in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.


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The art of the small

In a decidedly a typical show it is intriguing when the common thread binding the works together is revealed with an instantaneous look. The artists for this show represent different moments of contemporary Indian art, and they have all strived to converge together around a formal constant, consequently a cursory glance at the works will reveal to the viewer that the leitmotif here is the size of the works. The 9x12 format is an important preoccupation which holds the show together, both conceptually and visually and the attempt while displaying the works have been to highlight a sense of visual drama brought about by the manner in which the works have been displayed. This show comes at a time when the present scenario of the art world is gravitating towards works more interactive in nature, and the practice of presenting works done solely on a configuration of this kind, let alone of such a large number of artists, is considered something of an anomaly. This however is an unabashed avowal of this anomaly, for articulating the contemporary arises from dislodging the everyday way of looking at art.


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