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Swasti Roop

An Abstract Show by Raza Foundation Awardees
Presented by Art Alive Gallery
23rd February 2007 - 24th March 2007
Art Alive Gallery

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Akhilesh

Akhilesh

Biography

Born 1956 in Indore, he has held 25 solo shows all over India, and has participated in important group shows. He has curated many shows namely Women in Painting for Sahitya Parishad, Bhopal; for Central Zone for Tao art Gallery, Mumbai; show of young painters for Art Indus Gallery, New Delhi; for Art Today, New Delhi. He was a co-curator for Asian Art Centre Maryland, U.S.A. He has also set up a Museum of Police Band at P.H.Q., Bhopal, Museum of Tribal, Folk and Contemporary art at Towson University, U.S.A. He has written Biography of Eminent Painter M.F.Husain. He was an artist in residence at Austria. He lives and works in Bhopal.

Statement

My work is rooted in the language of the script. Over the years, I have used script as a king of sign that reflects experience. Of course the script reveals different meanings to different people, and I think over time painting is also a kind of writing. The manner in which I use the script over colour, sometimes floating, sometimes submerged all seem to echo the seen and the unseen. I believe that the desire to articulate comes unconsciously. When I create I don't think about the stimulus or the result but the movement of associations through inner and outer spaces gives me the power to communicate onto the canvas.

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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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Rahim Mirza

Rahim Mirza

Biography

Born 1969 in Bhopal, Rahim is specialized in Graphics print making from Bharat Bhavan in 1996. He has held his solo shows at Mumbai in 2006 & 2000; New Delhi in 2005; Hyderabad in 2002 and Ahmedabad in 2001. He has also participated in several group shows in India and abroad. He has received Junior Fellowship and National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, New Delhi. His other accolades include Raza Foundation Award, New Delhi in 2005; M.P. State Award, Bhopal in 1997; AIFACS Award, New Delhi in 1996 and Raza Award, Madhya Pradesh in 1995. He lives and works in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Statement

“Japa” is a sort of Metaphysical obsession in my work, of which I myself was not consciously aware it remained for the eminent painter, Syed Haider Raza, to open my doors of consciousness, and provide my canvasses with a sense of belonging to the worlds, with a past and a tradition. This perhaps is one notable significance of my life.Art for me is un-ending discovery. In our tradition instinct is the foundation of all medition. I am no saint and all my work is an outcome of forays into the daunting realm of truth and my limited comprehension of it. My association with leaf began as a coincidence, through which, I new seek larger truths of life, I known that the artist has to do it all alone, as he loves, and he dies!

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Saba Hasan

Saba Hasan

Biography

Saba studied from Art History Summer School, Cambridge University, UK, 2000. She was the artist-in-residence at Paris by French Government in 2006. She held her first solo show at India International Centre in 1996, followed by others at New Delhi in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 & 2006 and at Mumbai in 1999. She has also participated in many group shows both in India and abroad. She has received the Raza Foundation Award in 2005; George Keyt Foundation Residency, Sri Lanka in 2002. She has also received the fellowship for Culture Studies from Syracuse University, New York in 1986. She lives and works in New Delhi.

Statement

I was born on a busy August evening, right after my mother bought her coveted Singer sewing machine from the swank CP showroom. Not surprisingly, upon being asked by the nurse, as he was pacing outside the delivery room, if he would like a boy or a girl, my father flicked his cigarette ash, shot a glance at my brother and smiled, “ a girl “.On our lawn in Pataudi House, as I lay staring at the starry sky, my parents took turns to tell me stories about the prince who followed ruby tears along the pebbly curving stream, about the proud black magical flying horse, tales of Mulla Nasruddin and seemingly endless anecdotes from our family vault. They were my first chroniclers of human history adeptly capturing colours, smells and sounds of our times. I was lifted above trivialities into the delicious world of Kulsum, Aliyan, Hafza and umme Salma, for many years I thought Mulla Nasruddin was also a relative. Full credit to all of them for my later skipping work and lazing on the grass with a book, my undying craze for movies or just wandering into the privacy of my dreams, the world of imagination and angst. Where pursuit matters as much as achievement and to be generous is to give without expecting in return, where life like art, is a result of your courage, goodwill and imagination.My generation has been long grappling with issues of ego, identity and heterogeneity of cultures. We artists, like just about everyone else, observe both the worlds, within and without and try to bring to our work an emotive visceral response rather than an objective view of reality. In this series I have used letters written to me by my mother in 2003 from Baton Rouge brimming with family anecdotes and her experiences in the States. Urdu here has evolved beyond the traditional Bismillah category of calligraphy and has become a cultural symbol having a role in the modern secular discourse thus asserting its fresh position in a syncretic Indian art. All the other materials like plaster, soot, nails and rope reinforce the elemental aspect I so prize in art and enrich my grammar with their individual textures and meanings. These letters though personal accounts, bring into the frame an authenticity. Admissions of loneliness, equanimity in the face of death, humour, political criticism have all evaded censorship and are bare to see, more importantly they allow allusions not to be broadcasted but intimately shared. If you erase the names, locations and dates, the letters will transcend such boundaries and offer insights into the universal, that which is human but not time bound. Thus being a storyteller’s child has given me my core, my particular vision and a sense of belonging to an infinitely larger world. And as I look at both my children, I can see that all those stories have found their meaning once again.

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Sanju Jain

Sanju Jain

Biography

Sanju has received Master degree in Painting from Indore. She has held three solo shows at Ahmedabad in 1999; Mumbai in 2000 and at New Delhi in 2004. She has also participated in various group shows. She is a recipient of several Awards including All India Raza Foundation Award, New Delhi in 2005; 6th All India Camlin Award, Mumbai in 2003; 68th Indian Academy of Fine Art Award, Amritsar ;All India Kala Academy Award, Shimla; 3rd All India Lokmanya Tilak Award, Pune & AIFACS State Award in 2002; State Award, Madhya Pradesh in 2001 & 2000; Raza Award and All India Kalidas Award from Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1998 & 1989. She lives and works in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Statement

I derive extreme joy in stroking my brush and this intense effort is reflected in my canvas. In this process, I absorb novel experiences, which I depict through my visualization. The expression on the canvas is replete with the colours of flowers and foliage, that reveals my innermost feelings of tenderness and priority. It is undiluted joy that is translated on my canvas.

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Seema Ghurayya

Seema Ghurayya

Biography

Born 1964 in Gwalior, Seema graduated with a National Diploma in painting and an MA in Painting from Jiwaji University, Gwalior in 1986. She has held 9 solo shows including 4 in Mumbai; 2 in New Delhi and Chennai; 1 in Gwalior. She has also held two-persons shows at Mumbai in 2001 with S.H.Raza. She has also participated in several group shows both in India and aboard. She has received a number of Awards including the All India Kalidas Award, Ujjain in 1985; South Central Zone Culture Centre, Nagpur & Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1988; All India Fine Art and Crafts Society, New Delhi in 1995; Madhya Pradesh State Exhibition, Gwalior in 1995 and Raza Foundation Award in 2002. She lives & work in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Statement

It is like riding on a wave of

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Smriti Dixit

Smriti Dixit

Biography

Born 1971 in Bhopal, Smriti completed her B.F.A from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in 1994. She has held nine solo exhibitions of her works in California, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Bhopal. She has also been part of many group shows across India and aboard including ‘Roop Adhyatma’ at Singapore; ‘Confluence 2006’ at New York in 2006; ‘ Abstract Visions’ at Germany in 2005; ‘ Exhibition of Paintings’ at Mumbai in 2004; ‘Performative Textures’ & ‘ Solitude’ at New Delhi in 2003; ‘Tribute to Picasso’ at Mumbai in 2002; ‘Directions’ at London in 1997. She has received the Raza Foundation Award in 2003. She lives and works in Mumbai.

Statement

My work originates from the crafts and spiritual ceremonies of India. Craft is related with our routine, and spiritual ceremonies are other worldly. It is in this way that my soul is connected with my work and the soul of my work is connected with the soul of the world.

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Yogendra Tripathi

Yogendra Tripathi

Biography

Born in 1965 and he received a Masters Degree in Painting from the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwa Vidyalaya, Khiraagarh in Chattisgarh. He has held Ten one-person shows and more than sixty group shows across India and Aboard. He is a recipient of several Awards including the Raza Foundation Award in 2005, National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi in 2002, State Award from the Madhya Pradesh Kala Paishad, Bhopal in 1999. He lives and works in Bhilai, Chattisgarh.

Statement

Form colour and myself all appear to be one or the painting seems to be a part of me.

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Plurality of Abstraction

It is now widely recongnised that one of the most vital trends in contemporary Indian art is that of abstract art. While it can be seen as recapturing of the legacy of S H Raza, Akbar Padamsee, V S Gaitonde and J Swaminathan, it also shows a certain exhaustion with the dominant neo-narrative art. It is amazing to see so many artists of the younger generation are drawn towards abstraction coming as they do from varied social and religious backgrounds. Since search for freedom is an eternal concern of all artists, it seems abstraction allows these artists a space of freedom which can accommodate a variety of experiences, emotions and insights. It also embodies their restlessness, passionate search for form and spiritual and aesthetic anxieties. More than anything else, abstraction allows each of them to develop a personal poetics of form and meaning, indeed an individual idiom of articulation. Some of this freedom is also transferred to viewers who are free to discover elements of meanings in these works of art, each according to his or her viewpoint, experience and sensibility. It would not be an exaggeration to claim that this youthful art tends to put together a new aesthetics of liberation and daring. It reaches out to the ineffable in many different ways reaffirming the prominent role of imagination both in artistic creativity and receptivity.

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