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Art Alive at India Art Summit 2011

19th January 2011 - 23rd January 2011

Pragati Maidan

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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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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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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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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