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Artist : Arpana Caur(Senior Contemporary)


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The highly celebrated artist, has a deep concern about serious issues of all times pertaining to women, and this is depicted with a tremendous dynamism and depth of feeling. The greatness of her works lies in its simplicity as she can depict the most complex subjects in the easiest of ways.

 

Arpana Kaur was born in New Delhi in 1954. She spent her college years studying literature but as an artist, she is mostly self taught. Her works exhibit a feminist perspective with portraits of women placed in a contemporary urban context. And yet, in her depiction o female characters, there is no overt emphasis on their sexuality, as is stereotypically thought of to be the case with female artists. Yet another strand that emerges in her work is a critique of political violence ( like Hiroshima, Partition of India , 1984 massacre of the Sikhs ).

 

Her artistic perspective has been deeply influenced by Punjabi literature and writers such as Amrita Pritam, Shiv Batalvi and Krishna Sobti were known to be regular visitors to her house. While the literature of Punjab contributed to the undertones of melancholy and pathos prevalent in her works, the technical side of her work was enriched by the inspiration she gained from the Pahari miniature tradition.

 

Arpana Kaur has widely exhibited across the globe since 1974. She has had solo shows in  Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai  as well as in galleries of London, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Singapore, Munich, New York and in Stockholm and Copenhagen National Museum. Her works can be seen in the Museums of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dussedong, Singapore, Bradford, Stockholm, Hiroshima, Smithsonian Washington & Victoria and Albert Museum London. She has been extensively written about and filmed, invited to various countries and awarded, including a gold medal in VIth International Triennale 1986 in Delhi. She was commissioned by Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art to execute a large work for its permanent collection for the 50th Anniversary of the Holocaust in 1995, and by Bangalore City and the City of Hambury to do large non-commercial murals in public spaces. She also did three large non-commercial murals in Delhi. Today her paintings supports several projects for the underprivileged, including free vocational training in the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature of which she, along with her mother, the renowned writer Ajeet Cour, is the Founder Member, a leprosy home in Ghaziabab, and Sant Shri Sahib ji’s ration projects for poor and old widows all over the country.

 

Arpana Caur offers some large works that reveal a variety of images, themes and moods, some of them alluding to depressing human situations.

 

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

 

 

Education  

  1979 Greater London Council Grant for Advanced Study in Painting, St. Martin School of Art, London(Did not complete the course)

  1984-85 Research Grant in Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1975M.ALiterature,DelhiUniversity

Exhibitions  

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

  2016 'Four Decades: A Painter's Retrospective of Works by Arpana Caur', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore

  2013 'Abstract Figuration', Gallery Veda, Chennai

  2006 Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2005 Mahua Gallery, Bangalore

  2004 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  2003 Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi

  2002 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

  2001 Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi

  1999 ‘Rites of Time’, Bose Pacia Modern, New York

  1999 Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1998 Foundation for Indian Artists Gallery, Amsterdam

  1998 Fine Arts Resources, Berlin

  1997 Arks Gallery, London

  1996 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Bangalore

  1994 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1991 Collins Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

  1987 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  1985,89,94,98 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

  1985,88 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1984 National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen

 1984 Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

  1982 Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK

  1981 City Hall Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

  1980,82,84 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1982,87 October Gallery, London

  1979 Gallery Arts 38, London

  1979 Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

  1975 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions  

  2012 'Women: Sacred and the Temporal', Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad

  2011 'Masters Ltd: Limited Editions', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

  2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Aureus 2011', Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

  2010 '10 x 10', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

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

  2009 'Mark of Masters-2', Art and Soul, Mumbai

  2009 'Sacred and Secular', India Fine Art, Mumbai

  2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  2009 'Kalpana: Figurative Art in India', presented by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London; The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

  2008 'Dus Mahavidyas: Ten Creative Forces', presented by Gallerie Nvya at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2008 'Baisakh 08', Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2007-08 ‘Polyphonies’, Gallery Hosp, Tirol – Österreich, Austria

  2007 'First Person Narrative', Hasta Gallery, Hyderabad

  2005 Preview in Tate Berlin

  2005 Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2004 Smithsonian Museum, Washington

  2001 ‘Indian Contemporary Art’, Los Angeles; Singapore; San Francisco

  2000 Art Forum Gallery, Singapore; Australia

  1998 ‘Indo-Austrian Group Show’, Austria

  1998 National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Mumbai

1998 Rotunda Gallery, Hong Kong

  1998 Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1997 ‘Tryst with Destiny’, Singapore Museum of Modern Art, Singapore

  1997 Bradford Museum Exhibition, Bradford

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

  1995 ‘Indian Women Artists’, UK

  1995 Noma Book Exhibition, Tokyo

  1994-95 Satyam Museum, Japan

  1994-95 Glenbarra Museum, Japan

  1994-95 ‘Imagined City’, Museum of Modern Art, Brazil; Sao Paulo; Rio de Janeiro

  1984 ‘Group show of Indian Artists from National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi to Fukuoka Museum, Japan

  1984 First Indo – Greek Cultural Symposium, Athens; Delphi

Participations  

  2012 'Small is Beautiful', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

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

  2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2011 'Celebrations 2011', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'The Intuitive: Logic Revisted', from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

  2010 'Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City', represented by Art Alive Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

  2010 'National Printmaking Portfolio', Marvel Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

  2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

  2008 ‘Tiger by the Tail ! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture, Part 2’, organized by Women’s Studies Research Centre (WSRC), Brandeis University, USA in partnership with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi

  2007-08 'From Everyday To The Imagined: Modern Indian Art', Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and at Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul

  2007 ‘Tiger by the Tail ! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture, Part 1’, organized by Women’s Studies Research Centre (WSRC), Brandeis University, USA in partnership with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi

  1994 Asian Art Show, Hiroshima Museum, Hiroshima

  1994 Osaka Print Triennale, Osaka

  1987 Exhibition of Woman Artists, Festival of India, USSR

  1987 Algiers Biennale, Algeria

  1987 Cuba Biennale, Cuba

  1986 1st Baghdad Biennale, Baghdad

 

Honours and Awards

 

  1992,91,90,89 Eminent Artist, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1987 Commendation Certificate, Algiers Biennale, Algiers

  1986 Gold Medal for Painting, 6th Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1985 Received Research Grant for Painting in Garhi Studio, from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1984 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) Award, New Delhi

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