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Geeta Vadhera

Gurgaon, India 0 Followers

About Artist

I am a contemporary artist from Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, India. I have been painting for as long as I can remember. I have painted on canvas, on paper, (even on newspapers in my childhood!) on photographs, on w...

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I am a contemporary artist from Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, India. I have been painting for as long as I can remember. I have painted on canvas, on paper, (even on newspapers in my childhood!) on photographs, on wood, on glass, and even on a body!


I have been trained as a painter in the Delhi School of Art and have had the privilege of working on solo exhibitions across several countries and with several people in the course of my career. People come to me and ask, ‘ What do your paintings mean?’, or ‘How do I appreciate your art?’. Alas, there is no formula that I am aware of. The meaning, if any, is within you, the viewer; it’s a function of your own experiences. Often the meaning is wordless. I am reminded of a zen koan the zen master keeps filling the cup of tea for his pupil until it overflows and more. The pupil says, Stop master! It is full, it cannot take any more; to which the master responds, yes, and until you empty it, there would not be any space for more. So, empty yourself. Take some time and view the work. If there is something that haunts you, look deeply. Maybe there is something you find? The experience, or impact, is what I attempt to paint.


As I experience life in its many forms, there are some moments that leave their own indelible impact on me; a visual impact, a presence, which haunts me until I have exorcised it by putting my brush to the canvas. Each of my works has its own moment of association and raison d’être. I paint to relate my inner self, myspace, to this association. My invitation to my audience is to allow just that much space to view, or relate to, a canvas so that the painting of a tree isn't just bark and leaves, so that the sea isn’t a body of water. Maybe you discover the lushness within the tree, or, perhaps the depth of a soul within the sea. This may not necessarily be the moment I had in mind when I painted, it may just be your own moment. Perhaps there is a subliminal association.


Yes, there is always the other way of appreciation of Art. Is the hand in proportion to the head? Does the face look real? Or surreal? Is the colour scheme appealing? Is the theme in appealing? It’s a long list. In fact, I've written a series of books on this subject. But to see only this is to see the form and not the content. Ever noticed it when you go to a gallery, view a painting and feel entranced? Why is it that we spend so much time in appreciating that one piece in the entire show? We say, 'This painting strikes me without knowing fully why. Perhaps there has been a wordless association of a memory, which has made you relate to the same visual as the artist? This response, when evoked, is my greatest reward as an artist. That's when I know that I am successful.


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  • About Artist

    I am a contemporary artist from Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, India. I have been painting for as long as I can remember. I have painted on canvas, on paper, (even on newspapers in my childhood!) on photographs, on wood, on glass, and even on a body!


    I have been trained as a painter in the Delhi School of Art and have had the privilege of working on solo exhibitions across several countries and with several people in the course of my career. People come to me and ask, ‘ What do your paintings mean?’, or ‘How do I appreciate your art?’. Alas, there is no formula that I am aware of. The meaning, if any, is within you, the viewer; it’s a function of your own experiences. Often the meaning is wordless. I am reminded of a zen koan the zen master keeps filling the cup of tea for his pupil until it overflows and more. The pupil says, Stop master! It is full, it cannot take any more; to which the master responds, yes, and until you empty it, there would not be any space for more. So, empty yourself. Take some time and view the work. If there is something that haunts you, look deeply. Maybe there is something you find? The experience, or impact, is what I attempt to paint.


    As I experience life in its many forms, there are some moments that leave their own indelible impact on me; a visual impact, a presence, which haunts me until I have exorcised it by putting my brush to the canvas. Each of my works has its own moment of association and raison d’être. I paint to relate my inner self, myspace, to this association. My invitation to my audience is to allow just that much space to view, or relate to, a canvas so that the painting of a tree isn't just bark and leaves, so that the sea isn’t a body of water. Maybe you discover the lushness within the tree, or, perhaps the depth of a soul within the sea. This may not necessarily be the moment I had in mind when I painted, it may just be your own moment. Perhaps there is a subliminal association.


    Yes, there is always the other way of appreciation of Art. Is the hand in proportion to the head? Does the face look real? Or surreal? Is the colour scheme appealing? Is the theme in appealing? It’s a long list. In fact, I've written a series of books on this subject. But to see only this is to see the form and not the content. Ever noticed it when you go to a gallery, view a painting and feel entranced? Why is it that we spend so much time in appreciating that one piece in the entire show? We say, 'This painting strikes me without knowing fully why. Perhaps there has been a wordless association of a memory, which has made you relate to the same visual as the artist? This response, when evoked, is my greatest reward as an artist. That's when I know that I am successful.


  • Academics

    Fellow, Royal Society for Arts, London

    Bachelors in Fine Art, Delhi College of Art

    Advanced Photography, Lycee Technique Estienee, Paris

    CEE, Design (Visual communication), IIT, Bombay

  • Exhibitions

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    "Ansh", Exhibition on Concrete Poetry, AIFACS, New Delhi

    "Ansh", Museum of Fine Arts, Chandigarh

    "Sogarda", Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Designers, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi

    All India Art Exhibition, Lucknow

    All India Art Exhibition, Banaras

    National Sahitya Kala Parishad Exhibition, New Delhi

    Show of Awic (Writers and Illustrators Association), India International Centre, New Delhi

    “The She Shadow”, on aspects of womanhood, New Delhi

    "Jogia Dhoop" - on Sufiana Kalam, India Habitat Centre, Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi

    "The Written Word", Apparao Galleries, Chennai, Bangalore

    "Women", Galeria des Bellas Artes, Calungute, Goa

    "Qudrat Qirdaar", Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    "Dar Dahleez", Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi

    "Draksh Mere Darmiyaan", Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    "Rik", Show based on the Rig Veda, Jacques Place, Turin

    "Rik", Galerie Anne Marie Rey, Nice

    "Time and Space", At Opening of India House, Bonn

    "Aru", Show based on Isovasya Upanishad, La Finestrella Galerie d'Arte, Canelli

    "Aru", Audio visual and paintings, Lycee Technique Estienee, Paris

    "Aru", Urban Development Authority, Singapore

    "Aj", Show based on Kabir's Sakhis, Funan Centre, Singapore

    "Aj", with Audiovisual and lecture, Alliance Francaise, Singapore

    "Ank", Show based on the Rig Veda, At the Opening of India House, Bonn

    "Sarvam", works based on the essence of the Bhagwad Geeta, Singapore Festival of Arts; supported by audio visual and jazz ballet tap dance by Karen Clarke, Imperial Hotel, Singapore

    "Sarvam", Alliance Francaise, Singapore

    "Grenzbereiche der Konkreten Kunst", Forum Konkreten Kunst, Erfut, Germany

    "Aksh - The Weave" , Calligraphic paintings, 27th World Book Fair, Singapore

    “The She Shadow”, on aspects of womanhood, Singapore

    “Saam – An Act of Space” – Tours, France

    “The Amrita Shergill Remembrance”, sponsored by ICCR, National Museum of Art, Moscow, Russia

    "Saraswati", Art Mosaic, Singapore

  • Award & Recognition

    Awarded Bharat Nirman Award for important contribution in the field of Art, New Delhi.

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