quarta-feira, 23 de junho de 2010

NS Harsha

Born in 1969, Harsha lives and works in Mysore, India. He studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda (1995). Since then he has taken part in a variety of collaborative projects and exhibitions internationally including Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); Maison Hermes, Tokyo (2008) the Singapore Biennale (2006); The House of World Cultures, Berlin (2005); the 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (2002) and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Arts, Australia (1999). Harsha won the third Artes Mundi prize in 2008.


N.S.Harsha earned his Bachelors’ in Painting from C.A.V.A, Mysore (1992) and Masters’ in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda (1995). He has received the Karnataka State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship (1993), Vasudev Amavaz Scholarship (1992-93), Dasara Fine Art Award, Mysore (1992), He was a Resident Artist ‘VAFA’ Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2001) and Visitng Artist, Shantou University. Cheung Kong School of Art & Design, China (2005). He has also received the Sanskriti Award, Sankriti Pratishthan, New Delhi (2003)

Harsha has been part of several exhibitions and participations beginning with the National Graphic Art exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Bangalore (1993), Painters Camp, Diu organized by West Zone Cultural Centre, Rajasthan (1994), Young Baroda, Art Today Gallery, New Delhi (1995), Excavation 95, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata (1995), Postcards to Gandhi, exhibition organized by Sahmat, India (1995), Fire & Life, collaborative exhibition with Joan Grounds, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore (1996), Across-da- lapa, Rio, Brazil (1996), Fire & Life: 40 Days 40 Nights, residency exchange program in collaboration with Asia Link, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1997), Chinnaramela, Rangayana Theatre Repertory, Mysore (1997), Terrain Vagues: Between local and the Global, Grandes Galleries, Rouen, France & Herbert Read Gallery, Kent, UK (1998), Khoj, International Artist’s Workshop, Modinagar (1998), apt3, The Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, Australia (1999), Flying Arts, Queensland, Australia (1999), Aar Paar, Art exchange between Mumbai-Karachi (2000), Drawing Space, Beaconsfield Gallery in association with Victoria and Albert Museum, London U.K. (2000), Embarkations, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2000), Drawing Space, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, U.K. (2001), 10 Years of Sakshi, Chitrakalaparishat, Bangalore (2001), Edge of the Volume, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore (2001), Works on paper, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata (2001), Creative Space, Sakshi Gallery, New Delhi (2002), Khoj 2002 International Artist’s Workshop, Mysore Karnataka (2002), 2nd Fukoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukoka, Japan (2002), Aar Paar2, India –Pakistan art exchange project, Mumbai-Karachi, (2002), Brahma to Bapu: Icons and Symbols in Indian Art, CIMA, New Delhi (2002), Artist Workshop, Sirpur Paper Mills, Andhra Pradesh (2002), Crossing Generations: diverge, 40 years of Gallery Chemould, NGMA, Mumbai (2003), Highlights, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2003), City Park, Project Art Space, Dublin, Ireland (2003), Enchanting the Icon, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore (2003), bha bha bha, a collaborative project with Joan Grounds, supported by Asia Link, Australia (2003), Portraits of a Decade, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata (2003), Another Passage to India, Ethnography Museum, Geneva, Switzerland (2004), Artists-in-Labs, Center for Microscopy (ZMB), University of Baselm Switzerland (2004), Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, The Asia Society, Queens Museum, New York , NGMA, Mumbai (2004), Subtly Minimally, Sakshi Gallery, New Delhi (2004), Anticipation, The Fine Art Resource, Mumbai (2004), Wanchai- Hong Kong International Artists Workshops, Hong Kong (2005),  The Artist Lives and Works, The House of World Cultures, Berlin organized by The Fine Art Resource (2005), Mural, Project Art Space, Dublin, Ireland (2005), Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, France (2005), Collaboration Project with TVS School, Tumkur, India (2005), Charming Nation, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai (2006), Belief, Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2006), installation titled Mirage, Kalaghoda Art Festival, Mumbai (2007) in collaboration with Bodhi Art, participation in the ShContemporary Art Fair, Shanghai (2007).

N.S.Harsha is an artist whose work reveals a political commentary within a framework of Indian miniature painting, the modern Indian narrative tradition and popular art. The figures in his delicate, sly and playful world are almost invariably focused on an event, animated by a mutual curiosity, pointing out something that is odd, incongruous or comically strange. For the viewer the wit resides as much in the scale of the depictions as it does in the finely summarised telling detail of the vignette. Harsha's oeuvre includes painting, large scale installations and community projects. In one his recent works Cosmic Orphans (2006) a site-specific painting installation at the Sri Krishnan Temple created for the Singapore Biennale, Harsha covered the entire surface of the rooftop above the inner sanctum and the floor surrounding the temple's tower with paintings of sleeping figures. Painted directly onto the floor using flat colours, the figures occupy a space not normally associated with traditional painting - their displacement provoking the audience to consider what is permitted and forbidden in relation to where they tread in the temple.

N.S.Harsha lives and works in Mysore, Karnataka.


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