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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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Mayank Shyam

Mayank Shyam

Biography

Born in 1987 Mayank Shyam was initiated into painting by his late father Jangarh Singh Shyam. At 23 he is one of the youngest members of the Jangarh School. He has participated in a number of artist camps organized by Eklavya Book Publication, Bhopal (2004), Vanya Prakashan, Bhopal (2006) etc. He participated in his first group exhibition Primal Force (2006) at Kolkata’s CIMA Gallery at the age of 19. Previously His other group shows include Kolkata Freedom : Sixty years after Indian Independence, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata and Museum Gallery, Mumbai  (2008), In search of context, CIMA Gallery , Kolkata and Chemould Gallery, Mumbai (2009), Yeh Image Mahan – India meets Bharat, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata (2010) etc. His works were also included in the Indian Contemporary Art auction at Sotheby’s, New York, organized for the benefit of Kolkata Museum of Modern Art. In 2006 Mayank was conferred the state award by the Hasta Shilpa Evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam, Bhopal.




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Meghansh Thapa

Meghansh Thapa

Biography

Born in 1978 in Nepal, he did his B.F.A from Institute of Music & Fine Arts, Jammu in 1998. He has received National Scholarship for painting by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from 2006 -2007. He has participated in several group shows and art camps besides Day Residency at Religare Arts.initiative, New Delhi in 2009. He presently lives and works in New Delhi.




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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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