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ARTSOME Exhibition

Surendra Pradhan's solo show "Retrospective"opens on April 18 at Park Gallery

Surendra Pradhan, Mother & children, Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 100cm

Retrospective is a look back at the oeuvre amassed by senior artist Surendra Pradhan, a work history spanning over three decades. Amongst some of the early academically trained artists of Nepal, he began his journey under the tutelage of R.N. Joshi, and was precocious enough to have solo exhibitions long before even beginning his BFA. As a student, he was an enthusiastic landscape artist, taking a keen interest in working in the great outdoors. Pursuing his degree at Sir JJ School of Art 1989, Mumbai, he was influenced greatly by Cubist painters. In his search for his artistic voice, he would eventually arrive at his own rendition of cubism, featuring Nepali motifs.

In this exhibition, we see Surendra Pradhan's work metamorphosing through various visual frameworks. Beginning with early student work, which includes some very expressive still life and figure studies in oil, that have an intimate, personal touch, the work shifts to more and more mosaic-like forms, and bright hues painted in acrylics, which the artist himself finds reminiscent of stained-glass windows. His work steadily progresses into very fragmented compositions, but then begins a return to bolder, more cohesive shapes in his latest works. Sweeping arcs and geometric break-downs of forms are characteristic in his canvasses. For him, Nepali cultural signifiers in his work are crucial, for although he enjoys working with many themes, representing Nepal in his work is very important for him.

The exhibition runs through July 18, 2014.
Venue: Park Gallery
Address: Pulchowk,Patan, Nepal
Opening Hours: 11 am to 5:30 pm

ARTSOME

April 2014