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Chittrovanu Mazumdar

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About Artist

Chittrovanu Mazumdar's work pulls from various influences, be it visual, musical or lyrical. Having grown-up in an open and supportive family setting, he never had to restrain his artistic impulses as many artists do....

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Chittrovanu Mazumdar's work pulls from various influences, be it visual, musical or lyrical. Having grown-up in an open and supportive family setting, he never had to restrain his artistic impulses as many artists do. Chittrovanu received no formal training aside from the Government College of Art, Kolkata. He believes that art is a private activity for the artist; a search within the individual: "Results of an artist's work may be beneficial to society … however he may not have intended this."

One of the most powerful of the younger generation of painters, Mazumdar works in oils and acrylics. His forte is very large paintings and his style is fragmented, semi-abstract forms. Bold, vigorous brushstrokes, pure, saturated colors mark Mazumdar`s paintings. Of late, Mazumdar has been turning towards figurative works. One encounters the image of Kali in his paintings. Interestingly, Chittrovanu` father, Nirode Mazumdar, also used the figures of mother goddesses but Mazumdar senior`s treatment and palette were entirely different. Mazumdar has recently been using material other than paint on the canvas. Old wood blocks, patterned fabrics, even paper create different focal points of interest.

Mazumdar's paintings operate on fracture. Composed of bold brushstrokes, elements of collage, abstract spaces and layered figurative imagery, Mazumdar's raw, almost expressionistic, canvases create a powerful emotional response.

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  • About Artist

    Chittrovanu Mazumdar's work pulls from various influences, be it visual, musical or lyrical. Having grown-up in an open and supportive family setting, he never had to restrain his artistic impulses as many artists do. Chittrovanu received no formal training aside from the Government College of Art, Kolkata. He believes that art is a private activity for the artist; a search within the individual: "Results of an artist's work may be beneficial to society … however he may not have intended this."

    One of the most powerful of the younger generation of painters, Mazumdar works in oils and acrylics. His forte is very large paintings and his style is fragmented, semi-abstract forms. Bold, vigorous brushstrokes, pure, saturated colors mark Mazumdar`s paintings. Of late, Mazumdar has been turning towards figurative works. One encounters the image of Kali in his paintings. Interestingly, Chittrovanu` father, Nirode Mazumdar, also used the figures of mother goddesses but Mazumdar senior`s treatment and palette were entirely different. Mazumdar has recently been using material other than paint on the canvas. Old wood blocks, patterned fabrics, even paper create different focal points of interest.

    Mazumdar's paintings operate on fracture. Composed of bold brushstrokes, elements of collage, abstract spaces and layered figurative imagery, Mazumdar's raw, almost expressionistic, canvases create a powerful emotional response.

  • Academics

    1983 Studied Painting and Printmaking at Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Paris

    1981 Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2010 'Ancient Earth', Apparao Galleries, Chennai in association with 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai

    2009 'Undated: Nightskin', 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai

    2007 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai

    2007 Summer online show, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2006 'Various', Royal Academy of Arts, London presented by Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2005 Bodhi Art, New Delhi

    2005 ‘Towards Abstraction’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2004 Galerie 88, Mumbai

    2004 ‘New Paradigms II’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2004 'New Work', Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata

    1997 Bose Pacia Modern, New York

    1997 'Recent Works', presented by Seagull Foundation for the Arts (SFA), Kolkata at Jehangir art Gallery, Mumbai and Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore

    1997 'Works on Paper', Seagull Foundation for the Arts (SFA), Kolkata

    1994 'Recent Works', organized by Seagull Foundation for the Arts (SFA), Kolkata at Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai (with Apparao Art Gallery, Chennai)

    1991 Presented by Seagull and Victoria Memorial Board of Trustees, Kolkata at Victoria Memorial Durbar Hall and Sukh Sagar, Kolkata

    1989 ‘Recent Works’, Presented by Seagull Foundation, Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1989 ‘Untitled', presented by Seagull Foundation, Kolkata and The Birla Academy at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1985 'Recent Works', presented by Seagull Foundation at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2011 'Love is a 4 Letter Word', Latitude 28, New Delhi

    2011 'A Material Difference', Paradox, Singapore

    2010 'The Evolution of the Species', Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai

    2009 'Elemente Zeit', 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai and Hause Chelsea, Isle of Sylt, Germany

    2009 'Recycled', Bose Pacia, Kolkata

    2009 'Re-Claim/ Re-Cite/ Re-Cycle', presented by Latitude 28 at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata

    2008 'November', 1x1 Contemporary, Al Quoz, Dubai

    2006 ‘Altered Realities’, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto

    2006 'The New Space', 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai

    2005 'Alchemy', Art Musings, Mumbai

    2005 Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata

    2005 'Change of Address', The Guild, Mumbai

    2004 ‘Sacred Space’, organized by RPG at Academy of Art and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2004 ‘Metallic’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2003 ‘Generation Next’, Saffron Art and Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2003 RPG Collection of Contemporary Bengal Art at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

    2003 ‘Of Memories, Dreams, Reveries’, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2002 ‘Words and Images’, organized by Guild Art Gallery at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

    2001 Saffron Art and Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles

    2001 ‘The Human Factor’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2000 ‘Intersections: Seven Artistic Dialogues between Abstraction and Figuration’, Mumbai

    1998-89 ‘The Search Within: Art Between Implosion and Explosion’, Kloster Pernegg, Geras and Bildunshau St.Virgil, Salzburg, Austria

    1998 ‘The Search Within: Art Between Implosion and Explosion’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Mumbai

    1993 ‘Trends and Images’, Inaugural Exhibition of Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

    1993 ‘Shraddha’, rehabilitation for the mentally ill on Indian streets, Mumbai

    1993 ‘Wounds’, in protest against communal violence, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

    1992 ‘Confluence’, art camp for French and Indian artists. Organized by Alliance Franqaise, Kolkata, at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1990 ‘In celebration of the Calcutta Tercentenary’, organized by Birla Academy for Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1989 On the theme of Human Rights, by the artists of Bengal. Organized by the Alliance Francaise, Kolkata, at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1988 Exhibition for the African National Congress on the occasion of Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday. Presented by Seagull at Calcutta Information Centre, Kolkata

    1988 Calcutta Salon d'Automne

    1988 Paris Salon d’Artistes Franqaise.



    PARTICIPATIONS

    2011 'Red', Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

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

    2011 'Art Stage Singapore', Singapore presented by 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai

    2010 'Size Matters or Does it?', Part 1 at Latitude 28, New Delhi

    2010 'Summer Show 2010', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

    2009 Project at India Art Summit, New Delhi presented by 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai

    2009 'Video Wednesday', Gallery Espace, New Delhi

    2008 Presented by 1x1 Art Gallery at Art Paris, Abu Dhabi

    1988 Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art and Culture

    1988 Calcutta Xaverian Art Fest

    1988 Calcutta Art Fair

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