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Seen as one of the first ‘feminist’ women painters in modern Indian art, Gogi Saroj Pal has through her work explored the feminist consciousness, taken it out of the straitjacket of societal mores and moulds and done it often by using elements of traditional Indian art like miniature art, taking the female form inherent in these works and then turning the convention on its head, turning the mock, coy, bejewelled heroine of miniature paintings into a resplendently and unabashedly naked female form.

 

Born in 1945 in the small town of Neoli in Uttar Pradesh, Gogi was educated at the College of Art in Vanasthali, Rajasthan as well as the College of Art in Lucknow. She also secured a Postgraduate Diploma in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi.

 

Women’s lives, their desires and compulsions, and the complex and magical world of the feminine have been Gogi’s frequent subjects. In her work, Gogi explores and responds to the vast reserve of myths, fables and lore that abound in India, interested in excavating in particular, its religious and literary traditions. She traces and frequently creates new mythical/celestial female beings of great strength and potency, such as the Hathyogini-Kali – skilled yoga practitioner and potent female force— who assert themselves in a modern landscape where women are frequently denied agency.

 

Pal’s works form a part of major museum collections in Japan, Amsterdam and Poland. Among the honours she received, have been the Sanskriti Award in 1980, a fellowship to the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1981-82, a junior fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India in 1986-88 and the National Award by the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1990.

 

Gogi Saroj Pal lives and works in New Delhi.

 

 

Education

  1968-69 Postgraduate in Painting, College of Art, New Delhi

  1962-67 Diploma in Painting, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow

  1961-62 College of Art, Banasthali, Rajasthan

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2011 'The Feminine Unbound', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Kinnari & Kinnari Mantras', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007,05 ‘All These Flowers Are For You’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 ‘Revisiting Amrita Shergil’, Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

  2004 ‘All These Flowers Are For You’, London Art Gallery, London

  2004 ‘All These Flowers Are For You’, Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

  2003 ‘Mahasnan’, Pioneer Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2002 Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  2002 Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

  2002 ‘Embroidering Phulkaries and Memories’, Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2001 ‘Embroidering Phulkaries and Memories’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Garhi Artists Studio, New Delhi

  2001 ‘Mother Icon – Photographs of Ma Hidamba’ at Kulu Dassehra and the paintings inspired by this experience at FIA, Amsterdam

  2000 'Being A Woman', Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 ‘Women Artists’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1997 ‘Indian Contemporary Art, Post Independence’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1996 'Icons of Womanhood', ARKS Gallery, London.

  1995 Exposition of Recent Paintings and Two Installations at Art Today, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Swayambram’, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

  1994 Miniature Format Paintings at the Artist Studio Gallery, New Delhi

  1993 Exhibition of Paintings organized by Anwar Siddiqui in London

  1992 ‘Kinnari’, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

  1992 ‘The Expressive Line’, Art Age Presentation, Kolkata

  1992 Sparrow, Mumbai

  1992 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1991 Artists Studio Gallery, New Delhi

  1991 'Painted Poetry', Artists Studio Gallery, New Delhi

  1991 'Homecoming and A Visit to the Vallery of Flowers', Artists Studio Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 Artists Studio Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 Paintings and Prints , Westmount Public Library, Westmount, Canada

  1990 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1990 ‘Watercolor Paintings (1972-73)', Safdar Hashmi Memorial Exhibition, New Delhi

  1989 'Eternal Bird', Artists Studio Gallery, New Delhi

  1989,88 'Kala Yatra', Sista Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1988 Gallery Rohtas, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

  1987 Gallery Aurobindo , New Delhi

  1986 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1986 Montreal, Canada

  1986 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1982 Sarla Art Gallery , Chennai

  1982 Vithi Art Gallery , Baroda

  1982 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1981 Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi

  1979 Art Heritage Gallery , New Delhi

  1975 Black Partridge Art Gallery , New Delhi

  1974 Triveni Gallery , New Delhi

  1969 Delhi Shilpa Chakra, New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2011 'Portrait of an Artist', Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  2011 Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'Centurion', Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Canvases for Change', Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Pristine', Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Game Artists Play', Antiquana, New Delhi

  2010 'Beyond the Frame', Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore

  2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi

  2009 'Indian Harvest', presented by Crimson- The Art Resouce, Bangalore at SG Private Banking, Singapore

  2009 'The Body as Vessel', Art Alive, New Delhi

  2008 'Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2008 'Faces', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Tiger by the Tail ! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture’, Women’s Studies Research Centre (WSRC), Brandeis University, USA in partnership with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi

  2007 'Still Life: Adaptation in 20th Century Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2006 'Raag Badal', Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  2006 'Devotion', Art Positive, New Delhi

  2006 Red Earth, Baroda

  2006 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 Sophia College, Mumbai

  2006 Garhi Artists Exhibition, New Delhi

  2006 Art Konsult, New Delhi

  2005 'Popular Prakashan', Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 'Popular Prakashan', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 Art Konsult, New Delhi

  2005 Earth Exhibition, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2004 Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2004 Confluence, New York, Los Angeles

  2004 Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

  2004 Art I, New York

  2003 'India Contemporary Art', Kuala Lumpur

  2002 'Nav Nayika', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2001 'Nayika', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai   2001 'Paper Pulp Show', Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Fine Art Company, Mumbai

  2000 'Women Artists: New Images 2000', LTG Gallery, New Delhi

  2000 'The Millennium Masks', Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  2000 'Art for Theatre', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2000 'Juxtapose', Son et Lumiere, Mumbai

  2000 'Millennium Show', Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  2000 'Their Story', Freedom Gallery, New delhi

  2000 Sewa, Mumbai

  2000 The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

  2000 Sans Tache Gallery, Mumbai

  2000 'Two for Millennium', Art Today, New Delhi

  1999 'The Creative Process', The Guild, Mumbai

  1999 'Extending Parameters', Indian Printmakers Guild, New Delhi

  1999 'Water', Art Indus, New Delhi

  1999 'Icons of the Millennium', Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

  1999 'Black and White', Art Today, New Delhi

  1999 'Small Format', Art Today, New Delhi

  1998 'Works on Paper', Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1998 ' Unmasking’, a Group Show of Conceptual Self - Portraits organized by Om Gallery, New Delhi.

  1998 Exhibition of Recent Paintings at de Bijenkorf organized by Holland Art Gallery & Gallery Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam

  1998-97 ’50 Years of Indian Independence’, Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

 1997 ' Self and the World ' exhibition of Indian Women Artists organized by Gallery Espace at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

 1997 ‘Women Artists of India - a Celebration of Indian Independence ' at the Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

  1997 ‘The Looking Glass -Self ‘, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 ' Post - Independence Art Trends ' organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Kali’, Tropical Museum, Amsterdam

  1997 Recent Paintings at Kalart Gallery, San Francisco, USA

  1996-95 ‘Inside Out: An Exhibition of Indian Women Artists’, Installation at Charles Wallace Art Trust, Middlesbrough, U.K. Funded by Charles Wallace Art Trust

  1996 ‘Icons of Womanhood’, ARKS Gallery, London

  1995 'Bombay’, organized by RPG, Mumbai

  1995 ‘People for Animals’, Taj Palace, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Paintings in Weaving', Artist Studio Gallery, New Delhi

  1994 ‘The Blind Eye', paintings in gouache' on paper - participated in the Miniature Format Exhibition, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1994 ‘The Blind Eye’, paintings in weaving, L.T.G. Gallery, New Delhi.

  1993 ‘Four Women Artists’, LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi.

  1993 ‘More Than A Decade Ago, the Artist's Choice’, organized by the Display Gallery, New Delhi.

  1993 Exhibition organized by CRY at Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi.

  1993 Exhibition for Maharashtra Earthquake Relief, organized by the Faculty of Art, Baroda.

  1993 Contemporary Indian Art, Yokohama, Japan

  1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1993 'A Critical Difference: Contemporary Indian Art’, Charles Wallace Art Trust and British Council

  1992 Exhibition of Paintings , Bilder Aus Indien, Hamburg, Germany

  1992 ‘To Encounter Others’, An International Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Kassel / Hann Munden, Germany

  1991 Kunsthalle Maine, Maine, Germany

  1991 A Group Show of Indian Artists, Lotus Gallery, Amsterdam

  1991 Group Show of Ceramics at Artist Studio Gallery as complimentary activity to the "Color of the Earth" exhibition organized by the British Council.

  1991 ‘Year of Girl Child' organized by Shruti, the Art Gallery of Maurya Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi.

  1990 A group exhibition on the occasion of the visit of Nelson Mandela at the Little Theater Group Art Gallery, New Delhi.

  1990 National Award Winning Works, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1989 Contemporary Paintings, from India, Art Wave, New York

  1988 ‘Paintings of Indian Women Artists’, India Festival, Moscow

  1987 Indian Art Exhibition, Japan & South Korea

  1987 'Print Making in India', Exhibition shown in many cities in United States

  1986 Indian Graphic Print Exhibition in Finland, Germany and Yugoslavia

  1986 ‘Paintings by Contemporary Indian Women Artists’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1984 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1983 ‘Karu Group’, Garhi Studios, New Delhi

  1982 ‘Five Women Painters’, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

  1980 ‘Six Women Painters’, Indus Gallery, Karachi

  1975 International Women's Exhibition , New Delhi

  1967 ‘Women Artists Exhibition’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1965 Exhibition of Graphic Prints, Lucknow

JointExhibitions

  1991 Two Indian Women Artists, Schoo's Art Gallery, Amsterdam

  1990 With Ved Nayar, Artist Studio Gallery, New Delhi

 

Participations

  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2012 'Synergy 2012', 12th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta

  2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 'Manifestations III', organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Nehru Centre, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1994 Participated in the International River Front, Liverpool Festival - Designed and hoisted a flag

  1993 ‘Sihanvlokan - Red Saryu has Eyes’, Installation, 8th Triennale, India

  1992-86 International Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  1987 International Biennale of Plastic Arts, Algiers

  1986 Paintings by Contemporary Indian Women Artists, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1986 'Indian Graphic Print Exhibition', Finland, Germany and Yugoslavia

  1986 Inter – Asian Biennale, Ankara

  1986 Second International Biennale, Havana and Cuba

  1986-92 International Biennale, Dhaka

  1985 International Painting Festival, Cogne- Su- Mer, France

  1984 International Print Biennale, Trino, Rome

  1982 5th Triennale, India

  1982 Bedford Print Biennial , England

  1982 International Print Biennial, Cuba

  1980 ‘Third World Print Biennale’, London and Baghdad

  1981-83 14th & 15th Print Biennial, Lubjiyana, Yugoslavia

  1981-84 Karnataka Akademi of Arts, Bangalore

  1967 National Exhibition, Arts and Crafts Society, Kolkata

  1965-68 Uttar Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy Exhibitions

 

Honours and Awards

 

  1995 12th Cleveland International Drawing Biennial, Middlesbrough, U.K

  1990 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1987 Jury's Commendation Certificate in the First International Biennial of Plastic Arts in Algeria

  1986-88 Fellowship, Department of Culture, New Delhi

  1981-82 Fellowship of Lalit Kala Akademi, Garhi Artists' Studios, New Delhi

 1980 Sanskriti Award, New Delhi

  1978,79,81 Group ‘8’ Medals at All India Graphic- Prints Exhibition, Chandigarh and New Delhi

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