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Kanchan Chander

New Delhi, India 3 Followers

About Artist

Kanchan's art particularly of the last decade is the art of assertion, of the domestic centricity of feminine experience, of an iconic feminine energy, and of her easy appropriation of the idea of the mythic divine fe...

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Kanchan's art particularly of the last decade is the art of assertion, of the domestic centricity of feminine experience, of an iconic feminine energy, and of her easy appropriation of the idea of the mythic divine feminine. From her preoccupation with the Bhoota figures of Karnataka, tribal figures and images of the Shakti cult, she has made identifiable images of feminine power. In her later works, the presence of a child figure, toys etc. speak of the intense mother-child interdependency, whether it is in 'Vatsalya' series or the 'Fables Retold'. More recently she has worked with the female torsos, brightly painted, monumental and bedecked with sequins, silver leaf and beads. Here, there is celebration of the fertile, the erotic and the sensuousness of the female form. Luminous cerulean blues, yellows and bright reds make the surface vibrant.

In Kanchan's art, aesthetic response can hardly be divorced from a social response, as she doubts the autonomy of art and whether art can be only for art's sake. "Art occurs in a social situation, the maker and the art; both are bound by social forces that are instrumental in shaping them. I too am subject to the same law.” says Kanchan emphatically. Kanchan's personal lifescape, dilemmas, conflicts; joys and aches screened through subjective distortions inject substance into her art.

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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    Kanchan's art particularly of the last decade is the art of assertion, of the domestic centricity of feminine experience, of an iconic feminine energy, and of her easy appropriation of the idea of the mythic divine feminine. From her preoccupation with the Bhoota figures of Karnataka, tribal figures and images of the Shakti cult, she has made identifiable images of feminine power. In her later works, the presence of a child figure, toys etc. speak of the intense mother-child interdependency, whether it is in 'Vatsalya' series or the 'Fables Retold'. More recently she has worked with the female torsos, brightly painted, monumental and bedecked with sequins, silver leaf and beads. Here, there is celebration of the fertile, the erotic and the sensuousness of the female form. Luminous cerulean blues, yellows and bright reds make the surface vibrant.

    In Kanchan's art, aesthetic response can hardly be divorced from a social response, as she doubts the autonomy of art and whether art can be only for art's sake. "Art occurs in a social situation, the maker and the art; both are bound by social forces that are instrumental in shaping them. I too am subject to the same law.” says Kanchan emphatically. Kanchan's personal lifescape, dilemmas, conflicts; joys and aches screened through subjective distortions inject substance into her art.

    Kanchan Chander: Follow Your Heart, Not The Herd

    Artist Kanchan Chander believes that young artists should follow their heart and not fall prey to what society and the western world believes they should be creating. She believes that Art, occurs in a social situation, the maker and the art; both are bound by social forces that are instrumental in shaping them. She too is subject to the same law. Her own personal life, with dilemmas, conflicts, joys and aches are screened through subjective distortions that inject substance into her art.

  • Academics

    1975 Painting, First year, Weisensee Kunct Hochshule, Berlin

    1976-81 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking), Delhi College of Art, New Delhi

    1979-80 Guest Student in Printmaking, College of Art, Santiago

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2011 'Revisiting The Popular', Art Positive, New Delhi

    2010 'The Silent Expression', Iconart Gallery, Hyderabad

    2010 'Fables retold', Galerie Gondwana, Berlin

    2009 'Migrating Memories', Gallerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

    Apparao Galleries, Chennai

    2006 ‘Kanchan The Story So Far’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2004 ‘Flower Power’, Arushi Arts, Mumbai

    2003 Siddhartha Art Gallery, Katmandu, Nepal

    2002 ‘Dual Worlds’, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia

    1999 Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

    1999 The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

    1999 Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

    1998 University of Punjab, Patiala

    1996 ‘Vatsalaya’, Art Inc., New Delhi

    1995 British Council Division, New Delhi

    1995 India International Center, New Delhi

    1993 Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

    1992 Siddhartha Art Gallery, Katmandu, Nepal

    1990 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

    1986 Miyasaka Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

    1983 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2011 'Icons in Our Midst', Artspeaks India, New Delhi

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

    2008 'Ashtanayika: Messengers of Love', The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

    2008 'Baisakh 08', Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2007 ‘Tiger by the Tail ! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture’, Women’s Studies Research Centre (WSRC), Brandeis University, USA in partnership with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi

    2007 ‘Made in India’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi and Opera Gallery, London

    2007 ‘Art for Freedom Art’, Bonham’s, London

    2006 ‘Digressing Domains’, organized by Nitanjali Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    2006 ‘Print Show’, Art Konsult, New Delhi

    2005 ‘Manifestations III’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    2005 ‘Negotiating Matters’, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2004 ‘Blood Ties’, with Helen Geier, Freemantle Art Centre, Perth

    2004 ‘Fair and Furious – II’, Jebiwool Art Museum, Gwacheon Hanmadang Festival, South Korea and Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi

    2003 Art Space, Kolkata

    2003 Gallery Alternatives, DLF, Gurgaon

    2003 ‘Performing Textures’, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2003 ‘Fair and Furious - I’, organized by Art Alive at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    2003 ‘Today, Tomorrow’, Habiart Gallery, New Delhi

    2002 ‘Shakti’, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

    2002 ‘Heat’, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2002 ‘Connecting’, organized by Art Alive at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

    2001 ‘Stree Shakti’, IHC, New Delhi

    2001 Concern India, Mumbai

    2001 Hotel Marriot, New Delhi

    2000 ‘Women Artists Show’, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2000 ‘Combine’, VIS-À-VIS, New Delhi

    2000 ‘Faces’, Gallery Espace, Dubai

    1999 ‘Edge of The Century’, New Delhi

    1999 ‘Icons of The Millennium’, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1998 ‘Confluence’, organized by Gallery Sumukha at New York and London

    1998 ‘Kasth’, Triveni Kala Sangam, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

    1998 ‘Gouche’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

    1998 IPG Portfolio Prints, Aakarshan Gallery, New Delhi

    1998 The Body Show, Art Today, New Delhi

    1997 Indian Contemporary Artists, Ezchenbonn, Germany

    1997 Indian Women Artists, Mills College, California and NY

    1997 ‘KALI – Art’, Troical Museum, Amsterdam, Holland

    1997 ‘Emerging Trends’, The Air Gallery, London

    1997 ‘Looking Glass’, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1997 ‘Indian Beasts’, Triveni Kala Sangam, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

    1996 ‘Mini Print Show’, British Council and Gallery Espace, New Delhi

    1996 ‘Shtardu’, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

    1995 ‘Emerging Trends’, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

    1995 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

    1995 ‘Print Show’, Urusvati Gallery, New Delhi

    1995 ‘3 Women Printmakers’, Cymorza Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1995 ‘IPG Show’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1995 Group show of Prints, Foundation for Indian Artists, Schoo’s Gallery, Amsterdam

    1994 ‘Indian Printmakers Guild (IPG)’, Kathmandu, Nepal

    1993 ‘Art Multiple’, Dusseldorf, Germany

    1993 Messe Novea, Germany

    1993 Holland Asian Festival, Wolverhampton Museum

    1993 UK Souvenirs De’n France, New Delhi

    1993 Print Show, Hussain Ki Sarai, Faridabad

    1993 IPG Show, New Delhi

    1991 Indian Artist, Hamburg, Germany

    1991 Mini Print, Norway

    1991 IPG Show, New Delhi and Bangalore

    1990 Xal Praxis Foundation, Mumbai

    1990 Exhibition of Graphic Art, Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

    1990 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1989 CMC Drawing, New Delhi

    1989 ‘Artist Alert’, Safdar Hasmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT), New Delhi

    1988 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1987 ‘Indian Printmakers’, Bristol

    1987 UK Intergrafik, Berlin

    1987 14 Artists Drawing Group Show, New Delhi

    1986 All India Women’s Show, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (A.I.F.A.C.S), New Delhi

    1985 Group Show, Paris

    1985 All India Exhibition, New Delhi

    1984 ’20 Artists’, New Delhi

    1984 7 Artists, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1980 Young Artists From India, Berlin, Germany



    PARTICIPATIONS

    2005 ‘Harvest 2005’, Arushi Art, Mumbai

    2000 ‘Monsoon Show’, Sans Tache, Mumbai

    1999 ‘Miniature Format Show’, Sans Tache, Mumbai

    1996, 90 International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Frenchen, Germany

    1996 Bharat Bhawan Biennale, Bhopal

    1995 Norwegian International Print Triennale

    1994 ‘4th Asian Art Show’, Fukuako Art Museum, Japan

    1994 National Exhibition, Chennai

    1993 International Print Triennale, Frenchen, Germany

    1993 International Print Biennale Maastericht

    1992 International Print Biennale, Sarcelles, France

    1992, 81 Annual Show, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

    1991, 89, 88 International Print Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

    1990 International Portrait Exhibition, Tzuzla, Yugoslavia

    1989, 87 International Print Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

    1986 International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK

    1983 International Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

    1983 International Print Biennale, Kanagawa, Japan

    1983, 82 Annual Exhibition, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

    1983, 81 National All India Exhibition, New Delhi

    1983 All India Prints Exhibition, Chandigarh


  • Award & Recognition

    1993 British Council Grant to Visit Art Institutions in London and study Contemporary Art Trends

    1989 Yuva Mahotsava Award

    1988 Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, New Delhi

    1986 Women’s All India Show, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society ( A.I.F.A.C.S) Award, New Delhi

    1986 International Print Biennale Award Bradford, UK

    1984-85 French Govt. Scholarship –Printmaking, Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

    1982-83 Research Grant, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    1981-82 Research Fellowship, Delhi College of Art, New Delhi

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