RASA - G. Ravinder Reddy
Curated by Anupa Mehta
June 8 – August 4, 2019

The influences in G Ravinder Reddy’s lush and sensual oeuvre are diverse and eclectic. Drawing from classical Indian sculpture, as also African, Asian, Egyptian, Mayan and early Greek iconography, the artist’s terracotta, fiberglass and bronze heads, painted in slick metallic paint and gilded with gold leaf, evoke the iconic and the universal.

Inspired by Mathura sculpture–a hallmark of which is austere teaching coupled with sensuous modelling of form to highlight the duality of life–the artist draws from religious Hindu iconography, as well as primitive, tribal and folk imagery. At heart though he sees himself as a clay modeller enamoured by the sensorial and tactile delights afforded by the medium. From here he builds up sumptuous orchestrations of form and colour: a celebration of the pristine beauty of human form.

His artistic pursuit is to imbue a sense of monumentality in works of varying size and scale. Scale thus is an imperative: it allows for an exploration of concavity and convexity so as to understand the impact of volume on form. This high stylization is juxtaposed with kitsch elements–visible in cheap plastic hair clips, local jewellery and lush floral decoration–to celebrate robust and overlooked vernacular grace. The lavish surface treatment and decoration, also a way of breaking surface monotony, only serves to highlight the monumentality of form. The texture and form of earrings, nose rings, hair braids, floral adornments, glossy lips and wide open painted eyes, which bring to mind a venerated feminine, offset each other.

Colour plays an important role, both for an exploration of itself and for its ability to enhance form. The artist holds that colour should not break volume–rather, it should enhance it. Gold, for instance, is used to subdue light: when used with primary colours, gold enhances shape, form and texture.

Recent sculptures offer more elaborate and lush surface treatment. Yet they appear less gendered. A marked shift is visible in the elongation and precise geometry of form. The strong palette of primaries is flowing towards mellow tones–greys, pinks, browns and viridians–a movement that is akin to the vigour and passion of youth transiting to a gracious acceptance of age and life.

Rasa in the Upanishads refers to the essence, to self-luminous consciousness. Abhinavagupta (950–1020 CE, Natyashastra), has indicated that the success of an artistic performance is measured not by the reviews, awards or recognition the production receives, but only when it is performed with skilled precision, devoted faith and pure concentration, such that the artist gets the audience emotionally absorbed in the art and the pure joy of rasa/experience.

The essence of Ravinder Reddy’s work lies in his awareness of a need for a fine balance between the resplendent and the poetic, and the classical and the contemporary. The works in this exhibition evoke an imaginary pantheon of femininity/divinity engaged in a gamut of rasas, from Sringara to Bibhatsa and Raudram to Adbhutam and Santam. Rasa then is a nuanced exploration of stylistic departures and a celebration of ongoing epiphanies: of form and colour, of rasa and bhava, as seen in the artist’s oeuvre of the past two decades. It highlights the fine balance between the sensuous and the austere.

About the Artist

Born in 1956 in Suryapet, Andhra Pradesh, the artist graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Sculpture) in 1980 and Master’s in Fine Arts (Creative Sculpture) in 1982 from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He studied Art and Design from Goldsmith College of Arts, University of London in 1983 and did a short course in ceramics from Royal College of Art, London in 1984.

Ravinder Reddy has exhibited extensively in India and Abroad. His solo shows include “Heads and Bodies, Icons and Idols” at RMZ Galleria, Bangalore in 2017, Grosvenor Vadehra, London in 2008, “Incredible India” Le Jardin D’acclimatation, Paris in 2007, exhibition of sculptures at Walsh Gallery, Chicago in 2003, “Devi” at Sackler Gallery, Washington DC in 2001, “Popular Cultures” at Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg in 2001 among many others. His Group Exhibitions include “Sub-Plots: Laughing in the Vernacular”, curated by Meena Vari, at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai & with Sakshi Gallery in 2017-18, “Mysteries of the Organism” and “Travelling in Two Boats at the same time” at Akara Art, Mumbai in 2016, “Excavation/ Eruption” curated by Yashodhara Dalmia at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi and Grosvenor Vadehra, London in 2015, “Sculpted Images” at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2013, to name a few.

His art fair participations include India Art Fair, 2019 presented by Gallery Sumukha, Art Basel Hong Kong presented by Vadehra Gallery in 2015, 2016 and 2017, India Art Fair, presented by Sakshi Gallery & Vadehra Gallery in 2014, Art Basel Hong Kong presented by Vadehra Gallery in 2014, India Art Fair, presented by Sakshi Gallery & Vadehra Gallery in 2014, 2012, Hong Kong Art Fair presented by Vadehra Gallery in 2012, India Art Summit, presented by Sakshi Gallery in 2011 and Art Stage Singapore presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and 1 x 1 Gallery Dubai in 2011 Ravinder Reddy’s works are in the collection of several museums such as Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA., Smart Museum, Chicago, USA., Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA., Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA., Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia and National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India. The artist lives and works in Vishakapatanam, Andhra Pradesh.

Anupa Mehta, Critic and Curator

Anupa Mehta, is a veteran of the Indian art world, with over two decades of experience in providing strategic inputs to a range of arts projects. She has gestated several institutional and private arts programmes and events, curated numerous exhibitions. She was the Founding Editor of Art India magazine & is the author of India 20, a book of interviews with leading contemporary artists.

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Born

1956 - Suryapet, Andhra Pradesh Education
1980: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India
1982: Master of Fine Arts (Creative Sculpture), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India1983: Diploma (Art and Design), Goldsmith College of Arts, University of London, UK
1984: Short Course Certificate (Ceramics), Royal College of Art, London, UK
1990 to 2009: Taught Sculpture at the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017: Heads and Bodies, Icon and Idols, RMZ Foundation, Bengaluru, India
2008: Grosvenor Vadehra, London, UK2007: 'Ravinder Reddy: Select Sculpture', Bose Pacia Gallery, New York. USA2007: ‘Incredible India’, Le Jardind’Acclimatation, Paris, France.
2003: Sculptures at Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA2001: ‘Devi’, Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, USA.
2001: Monumental Sculptures, Media Gallery, Apeejay Techno Park, New Delhi, India
2001: ‘Popular Cultures’, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, USA
2001: Monumental Sculptures, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
1997: Sculpture, Art Today Gallery, New Delhi, India
1991: ‘Painted Sculpture and Relief’s 1989-91’, Sakshi Gallery, Chennai And Bangalore, India
1990: Centre for Contemporary Art, New Delhi, India
1989: Hutheesingh Visual Arts Center, Ahmedabad, India
1989: Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad, India
1982: Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, India
1982: Sculpture in Fiberglass, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
1981: Sculpture in Fiberglass, Art Heritage, New Delhi, India

Select Group Exhibitions

2018 -19: “Body/ Shareeram”, Curated by MLl Johny, Sanghumukham Art Museum , Trivandrum2018: “The Edge”, curated by Yashodhara Dalmia, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India
2017-2018: “Sub-Plots: Laughing in the Vernacular”, curated by Meena Vari, at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in association with Sakshi Gallery
2017: “India re-Worlded: Seventy years of Investigating a Nation curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, at gallery Odyssey, Mumbai2017: “Golden Bough” curated by ML Johny, at Birla Academy Art & Culture, Kolkata
2016: “Mysteries of the Organism” at Akara Art, Mumbai, India
2016: Travelling in Two Boats at the same time at Akara art, Mumbai, India
2015: Excavation/Eruption | Group Show | curated by Yashodhara Dalmia Vadehra Gallery, Defence Colony New Delhi, India & Grosvenor Vadehra, London, UK
2014: Group Show, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2013: The Sakshi Show, The Park, Chennai, India
2013: Sculpted Images, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2013: First Edition - an exhibition of Contemporary Art, at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, India
2013: 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
2014: Diva, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2012: “Mapmakers”: The Evolution of Contemporary Indian Art', Aicon Gallery, New York, USA
2012: Contemporary, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2012: Contemporary - a Selection of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Park, Chennai, India
2012: Sightings, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India2011: Review, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2011: Anecdotes, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2011: High-Light, Presented By Sakshi Gallery at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, India
2011: 'Go Figure', Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, USA.
2011: 'Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, India2011: 'In Beauty' Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA2011: 'Back to School: Baroda 1979-89', Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India2011-12:'Back to School: Baroda 1979-89', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, India2010-11: 'Monumental', Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
2010: Third Dimension, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2010: Indian (Sub) Way Group Show | curated by Yashodhara Dalmia, Vadehra Gallery New Delhi, India, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, UK
2010: 'Modern Folk’: The Folk Art Roots of the Modernist Avant-Garde', Aicon Gallery, New York, USA2010: Facing East: Recent works from China & Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2009:'Indian Summer', Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin, Germany.
2009: 'Inaugural Show', Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan2009: Indian Narrative in 21st Century, Between Memory & History, Casa Asia, Madrid, Spain.
2008-09: 'Body Chatter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art', Walsh Gallery, Chicago,

USA

2008: ‘Freedom 2008: Sixty Years after Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Kolkata, India
2007-08: ‘India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation’, Province of Milan, Italy..
2007-08 ‘Polyphonies’, Gallery Hosp, Tirol – Österreich, Austria.
2007-08 Indian Art at Swarovski ‘Crystal World’ Show, 2nd Exhibition, Tirol – Österreich, Austria
2007: Private/Corporate IV, A Dialogue of the collection Lekha and Anupam Poddar, New Delhi and Daimler Chrysler, Stuttgart/Berlin at Daimler Chrysler Contemporary Potsdamer Platz , Berlin, Germany.

2007: Indian Art III/III: Here & Now: Young Voices from India, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, UK
2007: 20th Century Sculpture: From Archipenko to Reddy Grosvenor Vadehra, London, UK
2007: ‘Post Object’, at Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario Canada.
2006: ‘New Space’, Art Space 1X1, Dubai
2006: ‘The Third Eye’, Lille, France
2006: ‘Art on the Beach- Made by Indians’, at St. Tropez, arranged by Enrico Navarra Gallery, Paris, France
2006: ‘The Garden Party’, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
2006: “Human Figure” at Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, India
2005: ‘Endless Terrain’, presented by Interiors Espania at Lalit Kala Galleries, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi, India
2005: Are We Like this Only? Curated by Vidya Shivadas, presented by Vadehra Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
2005: ‘Body Perfect’, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
2005: ‘About Beauty’, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2004: ‘Margi & Desi Exhibition’, curated by Alka Pande, presented by Espace Gallery Lalit Kala Galleries, New Delhi, India
2004: ‘Iconography in Transient Times’, Curated by Marta Jackimowicz presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, India
2004: ‘The Androgyne’ presented by Apparao Galleries, at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, India
2004: ‘Sacred Space’, presented by RPG Enterprise, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2004: ‘New Paradigms-II’, organized by Threshold Gallery at Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
2003: ‘Enchanting the Icon’, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, India
2003: ‘Roots En Route’, Queens Gallery, British Council, New Delhi, India ‘Travelling show’, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, India2002: ‘Sidewinder, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata, India
2002: ‘Human Park’, an exhibition of Global Creatures, La Virreinna Exposicions Institute de Cultura, Barcelona, Spain
2002: ‘India: Contemporary Art from North Eastern Private Collections’ Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, USA.
2002: ‘Sheen of Metal’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
2002: ‘New Paradigms’, presented by Threshold Gallery at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, India
2002: ‘Creative Space’, Sakshi Gallery Anniversary Show, Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
1997: Image - Beyond Image: Contemporary Indian Paintings in collaboration with Masanori Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan & National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bangalore, India
2001: ‘Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai’, presented by Gallery Espace, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
2001: ‘Expanding Traditions’, Deutsche Bank Gallery, New York, USA
2001: ‘Finding the Centre at the Margin’, Apparao Galleries, at Mathi Garh, New Delhi, India
2001: ‘The Human Factor’, presented by Guild Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2000: ‘Embarkations’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2000: ‘Of, based on or obtained by [Tradition]’, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
2000:‘Global View: Indian Artists at Home in the World’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2000: ‘Combine-Voices for the New Century’, Vis-à-Vis Art and Design Centre, New Delhi, India
1999: ‘Edge of the Century’, British Council Gallery, New Delhi, India1999: ‘Volume and Form’, Singapore.
1999: ‘Legacy’, Curiosity Gallery, Visakhapatnam, India
1999: ‘Contemporary Art from India’, Nature Morte Exhibition, Sydney, Australia.
1999: ‘Sixth Anniversary Art Exhibition’, Surya Gallery, Hyderabad, India
1999: ‘Small Formats’, Art Today, New Delhi, India
1998: ‘Private Mythologies’, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, Japan
1998: ‘The Presence of the past’, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, Mumbai, India
1998: ‘Multimedia Art of the 90's’, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, India
1997-98: ‘Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora’, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
1997: ‘Private Languages’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, India1997: ‘Directions, Emerging Trends of Contemporary Indian Art’, The Air Gallery, London, UK
1997: ‘Rediscovering the Roots; Contemporary Indian Art’, Museo de la Nacion, Lima. Peru
1997: ‘Major Trends in Indian Arts’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
1997: ‘Tryst with Destiny: Art from Modern India 1947–1997’, Singapore Art Museum Singapore.
1996-98: ‘Tradition/Tensions: Contemporary Art in Asia’, Asia Society, New York, USA Travelling Exhibition to Canada, Australia & Taiwan.
1995: ‘Portraits’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Bangalore, India
1995: ‘Sculpture'95’, Gallery Espace, Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries, New Delhi, India
1994: ‘One Hundred Years: The National Gallery of Modern Art Collection’, NGMA, New Delhi, India
1993: ‘Head’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
1993: ‘A Critical Difference: Contemporary Art from India’, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Camden Arts Centre, London, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Huddersfield City Art Gallery, Huddersfield, UK
1993: ‘India Songs: Multiple Streams in Contemporary Art from India’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Travelling Exhibition in Australia.
1990: ‘Art Trends in South India’, Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India
1990: ‘Kanoria Centre for Arts Group Show’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1990: ‘Small Sculptures from India’, Accra, Ghana touring Lusaka, Zambia and Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi
1989: ‘Timeless Art’, Victoria Terminus, Mumbai
1989: ‘Artist Alert’, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Hutheesingh Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad.
1988: ‘Indian Sculpture Today’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

Joint Exhibitions:

2005 ‘In Transit 3’, with Manjit Bawa at Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai.

Participations:

2012: 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
2011-12: 'India: Lado a Lado / Arte Contemporânea Indiana (India: Side by Side / Indian Contemporary Art)', part of the Exhibition ÍNDIA! presented by Brazilian Ministry of Culture and Banco do Brasil at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo; SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília
2011: 'Paris-Delhi-Bombay', Centre Pompidou, Paris
2011: 'Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket: The New Cultural Icons of India', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2011: 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
2010: 'Facing East: Recent Works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection', Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester.
2009: 'ARCO Madrid', Spain presented by curator Bose Krishnamachari for 'Panoroma: India'
2009: 'Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History', Casa Asia, Madrid
2009: 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow.
2009: 'EsposizioneUniversale', Galleria d’ArteModerna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC), Bergamo
2008-09: ''Modern India', organized by InstitutValenciàd'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain
2008: 'Art Asia Fair/ Miami 2008', presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore.
2000: ‘Partage Exotismes’, 5th Biennale de Lyon, France
2000: ‘Kalam to Computer’, Organized by British Council, New Delhi at Crafts Museum, New Delhi.
2000: ‘SideWinder’, workshop at Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata in association with British Council, Kolkata
1999: ‘Beyond the Future, Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
1997: ‘International Artist Workshop, at Garhi Studio's, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1993: ‘Convener–Woodcarving Camp at Dept. of Fine Arts, Andhra University, presented by Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai.
1993: ‘Ceramics Workshop’, Sanskruti Prathisthan, New Delhi.
1992: ‘Ceramics Camp’, Regional Center, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai
1991: Sculptors Camp, India Habiart, Collaboration with Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.
1991: Sculptors Camp, Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal.
1990: ‘3rd Biennale’, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
1988: ‘2nd Biennale’, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.

Art Fair Participations:

2019: India Art Fair, presented by Gallery Sumukha
2018: India Art Fair, presented by The Loft, Mumbai
2015, 2016, 2017: Art Basel Hong Kong presented by Vadehra Gallery
2014: Small Art is Beautiful, Curated by Fabrice Bousteau , Beirut Art fair, Beirut,
2014: India Art Fair, presented by Sakshi Gallery & Vadehra Gallery
2014: Art Basel Hong Kong presented by Vadehra Gallery.
2012: India Art Fair, presented by Sakshi Gallery & Vadehra Gallery
2012: Hong Kong Art Fair presented by Vadehra Gallery,
2011: India Art Summit, presented by Sakshi Gallery
2011 'Art Stage Singapore', Singapore presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore & 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai

Museum Collections:

Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Smart Museum, Chicago, USA.
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachetts, USA.
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA.
Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia.
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.



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