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A GROUP SHOW OF CONTEMPORARY ART
2nd July 2012 - 7th September 2012

Art Alive Gallery

120, Sector 44, 

Gurgaon



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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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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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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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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.

Statement

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Suraj Kumar Kashi

Suraj Kumar Kashi

Biography

Born in June, 1976 in a semi-urban town of Jamui, Bihar, Suraj kumar kashi knew he wanted to be an artist since childhood. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Art College, Patna and a Master’s degree from College of Art, Delhi University in 2003, Suraj started out in an advertising world where, as an art director in Ogilvy & Mather, he churned out creative lines for many multinational brands. After two-and-a-half-years he realized his calling was always with the paint and brush. He chucked up his job and began painting full time. Sufi music and temples inspire his work. He lives in New Delhi. His maiden solo show was on landscape, held in Himachal Pradesh immediately after college.



Statement

Inside this vast universe there is "you," a diminutive part of what makes the universe. What surrounds the universe are different layers of things loosely termed good, bad and ugly. An artist is well aware of this reality. 
 
Symbolic of this turmoil, Kashi's paintings take the form of surrealism capturing a real and imaginative state of the human mind. He continuously examines the tendency of inherent narcissism in humans and the effects it has on materialism through the issue of appearance versus reality. His works display worldly ambition and desire and the way in which such aspirations manifest into conflict with the inner self.  Gradually, desire becomes an endless struggle for each person who has come into this world. His series of works capture the unseen faces of people hidden underneath what appears to be beautiful yet treacherous facades. 
 
The composition of his work draw from a multitude of experiences such as surrealism, the internal architectural designs of South Indian temples and Sufi music.

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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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Veer Munshi

Veer Munshi

Biography

Born in Srinagar, Kashmir (1955), Veer presently lives and works in Delhi.He acquired his BA from Kashmir University (1976) and BFA (Painting) from M.S.U Baroda (1981). He has held his solo shows, ‘Encounter’ in 2006 by Art Alive Gallery in collaboration with India Habitat Center; also held shows in Mumbai twice in 1995 and 2004; New Delhi in 1992 and 2003; along with showing internationally in Scotland, Australia and Geneva in 1997, 1996 respectively. He has also participated in over 20 group-shows abroad and in India, to mention a few are: ‘Exploring New Paradigms’, at Art Alive, 2005, 11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh; ‘Looking Back Looking Forward’ in Baroda, 2004; ‘Ways of Resistance’ in New Delhi, 2002 and ‘Trembling Images of Kashmir’, in New Delhi, 1993. Munshi has also been designing tableaux for Republic Day parade and was awarded for best-designed tableaux in 1997, 1999 and 2002. He actively participates in workshops, India and Abroad. He has been honored with Krishan Ju Razdan Puruskar by Vichar Manch, New Delhi in 2003; National Award from Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 2002, J&K State Award for painting in 2001. He has received Junior Fellowship from Government of India in 1996-98 and Research Grant Fellowship from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1991-92.


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