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Chakra An Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition by Lata Upadhyaya and Ghanshyam Gupta
23 July–4 August 2012 (Private view: 25 July 2012, 6.30–9 pm)
Dedicated to the works of visual Indian artists Lata Upadhyaya and Ghanshyam Gupta this exhibition features pieces they have made since the year 2010. The exhibition title takes its cue from the Sanskrit word Chakra, which can be rendered into English as ‘spinning wheel’.
Each of these artists explores the theme of balance through the union of mind and body. As two of the most innovative and acclaimed artists of their generation (both were warded with the INLAKS scholarship to study at the RCA fifteen years ago) Upadhyaya and upta have created a striking body of works within which the media of painting and sculpture appear to co-exist.
Their works not only alter our established understanding of time and the narrative rocess but also our notions of reality, illusion, and the relationship between them.
Rather than a mission to decipher the artist intention behind their work, Chakra exhibition is presented as an invitation to experience your own individual journey through the interiority of color, the mediation process and the release of wasted energy.
Ghanshyam Gupta (1969–) currently lives and works in Mumbai. Recent years have seen his work honoured with prizes and numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia and North America. He is a painter, printmaker and sculptor and has studied and worked in India, UK, Japan and Malaysia. He has the rare honour of exhibiting his creations along with the some of the greatest artists of all times: Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Edward Munch, Henri Matisse, Rembrandt, and Albert Durer. This exhibition was London Original Print Fair held in 1997 at the Royal Academy of Art, London. He received the Nordsten Award for the Best Print of the year from the London Original PrintAssociation and received the Art Museum Award Winner, from Tokyo International mini-print Triennial, Japan in 1998. His works are included in Osians auctions and major great collections worldwide. His work is in constant transformation. His latest series of painting are devoted to optical illusion on one hand and transcendental meanings on the
other. Circles of colors revolve in centripetal and centrifugal permutations.
Lata Upadhyaya (1972-) born and raised in India, currently lives and works in London. Lata is a visual artist that specialises in contemporary sculpture and has completed masters in fine art in both India and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work is held in private collections throughout Europe, India and Korea. Lata travels extensively and participates in International artist residencies throughout the world. Lata’s work reflects upon her own life, through a journey of exploration of materials, texture, colour, pattern, shape and form. Her current work is a return to her roots, the sense of re-familiarisation, which the experience of migrating to the west necessitates. The return has given her the shape of the specific circular form, symbolic of the cycle of time. The circular motif represents how things were, how they changed and how they have returned to natural states of what they were, before Lata’s transitional journeys to the west.
The exhibition is accompanied by an e-catalogue, available from the
exhibition website from 23 July www.chakraexhibition.com
Gallery opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
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For information on Chakra exhibition, please contact the exhibition manager, Eva Nicolas, on +44 (0) 7824849303 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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