FIRST TAKE 2018 is about celebrating works of young artists. Curated from across India, the works will be displayed in Ahmedabad. This is ABIR's big initiative to provide platform and showcase art of the generation next.
If you are a young artist and believe in your work, this is meant for you. Out of scores of entries, about 100 works would be picked by the eminent jury from India. The jury will select the best out of the lot and six awards in total three different categories are awarded.
The show will also bring art lovers together, with dialogues, discussions and demonstrations with senior artists, art historians, art critics, curators and investors.
Amit Ambalal (b.1943) lives and works in Ahmedabad, India. He qualified in Arts, Commerce and Law. A self taught artist he joined the family business before taking up painting full time in 1979. Amit's engagement with the arts extend to a wide ground of historical research, documentation and collection and his particular interest in the Nathdwara School of Painting which has also inspired him in his own work. He has authored a book “ Krishna as Shrinathji” by Mapin Publications in 1987 (reprint in 1997). Amit's first solo exhibition at the Hutheesing Visual Arts Centre in Ahmedabad (1980), was followed by more than 40 solo exhibitions of paintings & sculptures in Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Amsterdam, Sidney, Singapore and London. The most recent being an exhibition of sculptures & drawings at Gallery Espace, Delhi (2014). Select group exhibitions include the Bharat Bhavan Biennale (1990); Sixth Trienniale, India (1986) and exhibitions in Amsterdam, Harvard and Perth. Amit's works feature prominently in noteworthy public and private collections like the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, London, amongst others. He is the recipient of the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi award (1968), AMC award (1974), the Civitela Reneieri Foundation Fellowship, Italy (2003), ‘Gaurav Puraskar’ by the Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi 2008 and ‘Kalilas Lalitkala Award’, 2012.
Muzaffar Ali is a filmmaker, fashion designer, poet, artist, music-lover, revivalist, and social worker. He belongs to Royal House of Kotwara in India. A painter from childhood, he realized that paintings could express a more intimate form of aesthetics and he was attracted to the medium of collage and sketches. A romantic at heart, he has an acute sensibility towards culture, art and beauty. In some of his collages, he incorporates old postcards and photographs to create a nostalgic effect. He is well known for his creation of Rekha as Umrao Jaan and has directed many documentaries and short films based on Awadh, craft, culture, exploitation of women and Sufism. His interest in craft and fashion clothing motivated him to design clothes and his brand ‘Kotwara’ aptly revives the traditional crafts of Awadh. Born in Kotwara, Muzaffar Ali attended the La Martiniere College in Lucknow. Along with nine one-man shows of sketches and collages, he is also instituted the Rumi Foundation with a vision to promote Sufi music festivals – including the Jahan-e-Khusaru in Delhi. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2005 and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in 2014. A thinker and a dreamer and Muzaffar Ali is Art – Personified!
Ravinder Reddy – one of India’s eminent artists is recognized for his sculptures that depict a bold style at a bold scale. The most defining feature of Reddy’s art is his depiction of the feminine beauty in traditional and contemporary Indian culture. His depictions are voluptuous, sensual, exaggerated in its presence and open to interpretation. Many of his sculptures are larger than life heads with wide eyes, blocky features and garishly coloured skin. These are depictions of women modeled after and inspired from everyday life – women you see selling vegetables or brightly coloured modern college women wearing jeans or an emulation of traditional Indian women with jet black hair covered with jasmine buds and adorned with jewellery. All of them stand tall, proud and unflinching and the love with which he portrays them makes them all beautiful. Born in Suryapet village Andhra Pradesh, Reddy’s academics has taken him to MS University in Baroda, Royal College of Art and Goldsmith College of Arts in London. He is currently based in Vishakhapatnam and has taught art at the Andhra University. His sculptures have been exhibited across the world and he has been felicitated with several awards including the National Acedemy Award in Sculpture, the Lalit Kala Akademi and the Sanskriti Award in Arts.
Seema Kohli is an artist thriving on imagination, ideas, philosophies, stories of interesting lives, recreating them in paintings, sculptures, and performance. Her art celebrates beauty, sensuality and brings to the fore the various aspects of a woman – her physical attributes, her intellect, her dreams and realities. She works in both small and large formats with layers of drawings and colors. Her works are inspired from spirituality and explore with them, a poetically elegant and richly sensuous female form. They are a gesture of the divine, a prayer to the eternal self and a way of meditation. Seema Kohli lives and works from her studio in Delhi. Over the past 30 years, she has had over 20 solo shows in Venice, Brussels, NY, Dubai, Singapore Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore. She has also participated in International Bienniale’s including Venice, Shanghai and India. International Art fairs across Hong Kong, Basel, Beijing, Madrid and India. Murals created by her are displayed as public art at the Delhi International Airport, Mumbai International/Domestic Airport, the Defense Ministry, Tata Residency and many more. Seema has been felicitated by the Lalit Kala Akademi for being an achiever as a woman in Contemporary Indian Art.
Vijay Bagodi is one of the celebrated artists whose artwork reflects expressions in the form of remembered tales, legends and myths. Emotions resurface in his works that carry the past into the present and present into the future. Vijay has been a working in the printmaking medium for more than twenty years. His works are based on his observations of life around him, both personal and social. His personal favourite art form is etching, followed closely by woodcuts, lithographs, serigraphs and monoprints.Born and brought up in Gulbarga, Karnataka, his interest in drawing and painting was inspired by watching his mother make 'crafty' items for the family and decorating the front yard with complex 'rangoli' patterns. He went to Gulbarga's art school to study painting, and finally came to Baroda where he studied Diploma in Painting and Post Diploma in Printmaking (Graphic Arts), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat State. He has participated in several art camps, workshops and all major State, National and International Level Exhibitions in India and abroad over the years. Vijay Bagodi has been so devoted to printmaking that he has been making and exhibiting prints consistently for the last 30 years. His work has been appreciated and exhibited in almost all the important international print biennales and triennales in places such as Bangkok, Sarcelles (France), Bangladesh, Taiwan, Slovenia, the USA, Germany, Hungary etc. He was also invited to participate in Kaleidoscope, an exhibition of contemporary South Asian and Indian artists at Square One Gallery, New York, in 2004. Some of his other notable achievements are the "Show Stopper: Impressions from the South East" at The Crossroads Gallery, Florida USA, Solo Exhibition of Selected Works and Honored as Eminent Printmaker in November at M M K College of Visual Arts, Gulbarga and many more.
Johny ML is a writer, translator, art historian, art critic, art curator, editor of art magazines, poet and a prolific blogger. He has three post graduate degrees in Creative Curating, Art History and Criticism, and English Language and Literature. His blog, www.johnyml.blogspot.com is a platform for his continuous response to various issues he addresses within the art world and a variety of other realms. He has authored eight independent books so far and has contributed to various volumes. He is a well-known translator who has translated thirteen books so far. Johny ML lives and works in New Delhi. .
Born in 1939 in Gujarat, Manu Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. Parekh’s early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as according to him, this was an energetic link that had to be celebrated. The artist also points out that, since then, contradictions have formed the basis of his artistic practice, no matter the subject or genre of his works. Parekh held his first solo exhibition of graphics and paintings in Ahmedabad in 1968, and has not looked back since. His most recent solo shows have included ‘Banaras – Eternity Watches Time’ presented by Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; 'Banaras' at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2004; 'Portraits of Flower and Landscapes of River' at Jehangir Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2003; 'Ritual Oblations' at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, and Sakshi Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1999; and 'Small Drawings' at Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1991. Parekh has also had solo shows at BosePacia Modern in New York and at ARKS Gallery in London. Parekh was awarded the President of India's Silver Plaque and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi, in 1972; the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1982; and the Padma Shree from the Government of India in 1992. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.
Madhvi Parekh, born in 1942 in Sanjaya, a village in Gujarat, is a self-taught artist. Living and working out of Delhi, she has created a space for herself in India’s contemporary art practice, reverting for inspiration to her childhood village left far behind. Her work remains true to her rural inheritance, and, at the same time, reflects in the contemporary world. With a personal well-articulated language of expression, Madhvi positions herself in a space outside the tradition–modernity discourse, while crossing borders both ways. Over the last 45 years, Madhvi has participated in numerous solo shows, including AI-Khaleeja (Kuwait, 1985), and several significant group shows, notably Play (Turkey and Yugoslavia, 1985), Watercolour by Four Women Artists (Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, and Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, 1987), Contemporary Art: Sahmat (Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, 1990). She has also participated in several artists’ camps and workshops, and auctions held at Sotheby’s (Bombay, 1989), Sahmat (Delhi, 1989), Asprey (Bombay, 1990). The Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India sponsored a documentary on Madhvi and her artist husband Manu Parekh in 1992. The Last Supper her most recent body of work is a series of reverse painting on acrylic representing Madhvi Parekhs’ reflections on the life of Christ. First exhibited in Calcutta in 2011 in Calcutta at the St Thomas Chapel, Bisop’s College it has since been shown at the following venues: 2017: Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa 2016: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Calcutta 2016: National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru 2013: Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi Madhvi received the National Award for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India in 1997 & 'Kailash Lalit Kala Award by Chitrakutdhamt Trust (2017) and a Certificate of Merit, International Women’s Exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India in 1975.
Known primarily for his practice in the print medium- wood cut to be specific, Walter D’souza is dedicated to creating an ever evolving vocabulary through art. He has worked closely with architects to explore new definitions in design, such as the possibility of converting the large wood blocks used as the form work of relief sculpture. He has executed several murals like installations within architectural art. Besides printmaking his work also includes glass painting water colors and sculptures. Together his work explores a language that is characteristically loaded with symbolic and allegoric meaning. He studied painting and printmaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara (1983). Walter is also a teacher. He has taught the Basic Design Program at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (1987-2006), Drawing and Sketching at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gandhinagar (1998-2001) and Drawing at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (1998). His works, especially prints, have been a part of numerous shows nationally and internationally including at the International Print Triennial in Finland (1993), 8th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh (1997), Multiple Encounters (2004 and 2012) New York, USA and the 17th International Biennial of Prints, Sarcelles, France (2016). In 1997 he was appointed Commissioner for the 4th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal, India. He lives and works from Ahmedabad and Aldona (Goa).
Vrindavan Solanki is a prolific Indian master artist recognized internationally. He has well over 200 exhibitions behind him, over 40 of which were solo – including in London and New York. He has won several prestigious prizes throughout his career, including the Gold Medal & First Prize of the Bombay Art Society in 1970, the Takhman 28 Print award for Etching in Udaipur in 1984, and the Drawing Prize of All India Art Exhibition, LKA, in Lucknow (UP) in 1996 – to name a few.
Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She has a PhD in organisational behaviour and has been the co-director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for nearly 30 years.
Karl Antao -from Mumbai he had studied at Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art Mumbai (1990) his works are interactive in nature , evolving from the organic state and taking a definite shape and concept ultimately. Karl is one of most sensitive and celebrated artist of Ahmedabad.
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