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Farhad Hussain

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About Artist

Farhad Hussain's colourful work that includes drawings and watercolours besides paintings on canvas, features day to day visual experiences of the middle class urban India. He endows his narrative with an iconography ...

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Farhad Hussain's colourful work that includes drawings and watercolours besides paintings on canvas, features day to day visual experiences of the middle class urban India. He endows his narrative with an iconography and personality through his figuration, their posturing, dress and the surrounding imagery. The drama of subtle complexities of human relationships and social environment are grounded with a sense of satire mixed with pathos. Farhad’s colours help enhance the brightness and aura of his paintings while he also partakes elements from traditions such as the formulaic textile patterns of Indian miniatures. His compositions are often set in a familiar drawing room or a social space, playing out with humour and sarcasm, the narrative psychologies of human life and encounters at various levels. This young artist who has also experimented with sculpture, has already carved a niche and an instantly recognizable individualistic style befitting his aesthetics and concerns.

Farhad has chosen to use tempera on cloth for his works, the media allowing him to achieve the desired vibrancy of colours. A slow build-up of images and spontaneous flow of colour while balancing colour and composition simultaneously follow structured formatting. This meticulous planning in the composition and layout is the beginning of a process from where onwards it is very spontaneous and intuitive. Another technique used through out Farhad’s work is the method of applying colour: dot-by-dot till the entire area is completely covered. Various elements from miniature paintings, Kalighat paintings, Japanese prints and images from mass media are scrutinized, transformed and transferred on to the surface through the artists own style of expression.

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  • About Artist

    Farhad Hussain's colourful work that includes drawings and watercolours besides paintings on canvas, features day to day visual experiences of the middle class urban India. He endows his narrative with an iconography and personality through his figuration, their posturing, dress and the surrounding imagery. The drama of subtle complexities of human relationships and social environment are grounded with a sense of satire mixed with pathos. Farhad’s colours help enhance the brightness and aura of his paintings while he also partakes elements from traditions such as the formulaic textile patterns of Indian miniatures. His compositions are often set in a familiar drawing room or a social space, playing out with humour and sarcasm, the narrative psychologies of human life and encounters at various levels. This young artist who has also experimented with sculpture, has already carved a niche and an instantly recognizable individualistic style befitting his aesthetics and concerns.

    Farhad has chosen to use tempera on cloth for his works, the media allowing him to achieve the desired vibrancy of colours. A slow build-up of images and spontaneous flow of colour while balancing colour and composition simultaneously follow structured formatting. This meticulous planning in the composition and layout is the beginning of a process from where onwards it is very spontaneous and intuitive. Another technique used through out Farhad’s work is the method of applying colour: dot-by-dot till the entire area is completely covered. Various elements from miniature paintings, Kalighat paintings, Japanese prints and images from mass media are scrutinized, transformed and transferred on to the surface through the artists own style of expression.

  • Academics

    2003-05 Master of Fine Arts (Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

    1998-2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Kala Bhavana, Visva – Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal


  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2009 Presented by Pundole Art Gallery at Museum Gallery, Mumbai

    2008 ‘After the Theatre of Absurdity’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2007 Art and Soul, Bombay

    2006 Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

    2006 ‘Recent Paintings’, organized by Chatterjee and Lal at Jehangir Nicholsan Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2011 'Between Seasons', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

    2011 Gallery Sumukha, Chennai

    2011 'Melange', The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata

    2011 'At Walden Pond', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

    2011 'The Narrator, Protagonist and the Other', Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

    2011 'New Documents: New Directions in Documentary Photography', presented by Art Konsult at Alliance Francaise de, Delhi

    2010 'Holy Now', presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi at Gallery 27, London

    2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

    2010 'Snow', The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi in collaboration with Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2010 'Pun Intended', Gallery Ragini, New Delhi

    2010 'Symbols and Metaphors', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

    2009 'Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image', Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore

    2009 'The Urbane Records', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

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

    2009 'With the Best Intentions', presented by Anant Art at Shridharni Gallery, New Delhi

    2009 'Zip Files', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2009 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai

    2008-09 'Gool Bee', Artholics Gallery, New Delhi

    2008 'Review', Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

    2008 'Baroda: A Tale of Two Cities', (Part II), Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

    2007 ‘Urban Similes: Transforming the Cities’, Project 88, Mumbai

    2006 ‘Concern’, The Charity Auction Exhibition, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

    2006 Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and Hong Kong

    2006 Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

    2006 Art Konsult, New Delhi

    2006 Art World, Chennai and Singapore

    2006 ‘New Paradigms’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2006 ‘Baroda’s Most Wanted’, The Artist’s Studio, Vadodara

    2005 Art Resource Trust, Mumbai

    2005 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    2004 Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

    2004 Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

    2004 Camlin Exhibition, Mumbai

    2002 Charukala Utsav, Kolkata

    1998, 99 Oriental Art Exhibition, Kolkata

    1989-92 Shanker Centre National Art Exhibition



    PARTICIPATIONS

    2011 'Take 2', Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, 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 ART Singapore 2007, represented by Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

    2006 ‘Harvest 2006', Indian Contemporary Art, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2006 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    2005 47th National Exhibition, New Delhi

    2005, 02, 01, 2000, 1998 All India Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    2002 Annual Exhibition, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1998, 2000, 02 State Academy Annual Exhibition, Kolkata

    1998 Annual Exhibition, Indian Art College

  • Award & Recognition

    2006 ‘Most Promising Artist’, Runner up, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2004 Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

    1998 Best Water Colour, Indian Art College Art Exhibition


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