Sunil Gawde

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Sunil Gawde

Sunil Gawde (born 1960, Mumbai) trained as a painter but his practice has evolved in later decades to include sculptures and kinetic installations. Gawde’s works animate the dichotomy between reality and perception in nature and life, between what is and what seems, and plays up the absurd and the paradoxical. At once metaphysical and sensual, the visual dualism of material – soft vs. hard, round vs. sharp, presence vs. absence, and so on – is an inherent feature of Gawde’s recent works, and he brings alive the metaphorical tension between these polarities with a contemporary aesthetic, leavened with humour, wit and a keen sense of irony. Gawde often makes use of everyday objects and ready-mades in his artwork – light bulbs, blades, windshield wipers, magnifiers, etc – showing them in contexts that belie their benign ordinariness, and make them seem inherent with uncanny possibilities.

Gawde’s works, especially his large-scale sculptures, have attracted considerable attention among the international art community. He has showed at galleries, museums, fairs and biennales across the world. At the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, his work, a two-ton kinetic piece called ‘Alliteration’, was included in ‘Making Worlds’, an exhibition curated by Daniel Birnbaum. Another large installation, a 12-foot stainless steel pendulum, ‘Vicious Circle’ was part of ‘Finding India’ at MOCA, Taipei, in 2010; and in 2007, his black, oversized ‘Blind Bulbs’ dominated Jumeira beach (and St.Tropez earlier) at the Special Projects section of Gulf Art Fair. Gawde has also done several commissioned public art projects, including a 3-tonne mechanized sculpture, ‘Galileo and his friends left me with these moons…’ (2012), at the invitation from the Taiwan Government.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

 

SUNIL GAWDE

Born, Mumbai – 1960.

Lives and works in Mumbai

EDUCATION

1995/96

Visiting artist at the Glasgow School of Art as recipient of Charles Wallace Scholarship awarded by British Council

1980

Bachelors in Fine Art, Sir. J.J. School of Art, Mumbai

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

‘id-od’ inner dimension – outer dimension, exhibition of still & kinetic sculptures at Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris

(Also shown at Aicon Gallery, New York and Double Square Gallery in Taipei, 2016)

2012

‘Sour Ambrosia’, exhibition of sculptures, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris

2010

‘Alliteration’, exhibition of works at Venice Biennale, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2005

‘Blind bulb etc…’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai and New Delhi

2002

‘8 seconds ahead of time’, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

2001

‘1mm’, exhibition at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

1998

‘Oblique’, travelling exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Chennai, Baroda and New Delhi

1997

'Radium Grass’, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow, UK

1996

'Swirling Blade'. ARKS Gallery, London

1995

Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai

ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi

1994

Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta

1993

Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, in association with Jindal Art Foundation, Mumbai

1990

Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

SELECTED PARTICIPATION

2016

“The Journey is the Destination – The Artist’s Journey between Then and Now” – at Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation

at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, curated by Kamini Sawhney

2015

'Deconstructed Innings' at National Gallery of Modern Art, conceptualized by Kiran Desai and curated by Veerangana Kumari Solanki

‘Our eyes’, inaugural show at Double Square Gallery, Taiwan curated by Sean C.S. Hu

'Shades of Grey', Sakshi Gallery

2014

“SPARSHA – touching the senses, Ritual and Contemporary Art “, curated by Thomas Hensolt, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany

'Noir Blanc' at Loft Gallery on its Sixth Anniversary

“JJ 80s – A Juncture of Relevance & Reverence”, organized by Arka Art at Sir J.J. School of Art

2011

“Paris – Delhi – Bombay”, curated by Sophie Duplaix & Fabrice Bousteau, Centre Pompidou, Paris

“Miniscule Marvel”, Gallery BMB and Contemplate, Gallery BMB, Mumbai

2010

‘Finding India’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

‘New Focus’, an exhibition of contemporary art as part of FTII’s golden anniversary celebrations, Pune

“Scratch”, curated by Swapan Seth, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

“Third Dimension”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2009

“Finding India”, Sakshi Gallery and Seoul Auction, Seoul, Korea

“Comedies”, Taipei National University of the Arts, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Centre Pompidou Residency, Paris

“Inaugural Show”, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei

“Spectrum”, curated by Saryu Doshi and Pheroza Godrej, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

2008

“INDI GENIUS”, Indian Contemporary Art by Sakshi Gallery at Soka Contemporary Space, Taipei

“Mutant Beauty”, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Anant Art Gallery, Delhi

“Link”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

“The Sakshi Show”, Darbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi

2007

“Frame/ Grid/ Room / Cell”, curated by Gayatri Sinha at Bodhi Art, Mumbai

“Kashi 10 Light Years”, anniversary show at Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin

2006

“Made by Indians”- initiated by Enrico Navarra Gallery, at Ramatuella beach, St. Tropez, Southern France

“Bombay -Maximum City”, Lille 3000, France

“Strangeness” curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata

“Bronze” at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

“The Art Mill at Berkeley Square Gallery”, Berkeley Square Gallery, London

“Entrusted”, a show of Charles Wallace Scholars at British Council, New Delhi

“Young Masters”, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

2005

“Are we like this only?” organized by Vadhera Art Gallery, at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

“Span”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

“Young Masters”, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

2004

“Bombay Boys”, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

“Subtlety – Minimally” curated by Marta Jakimowicz for Sakshi Gallery, held in Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi

“Bombay x 17”, curated by Bose Krishnamachari held at Ruia House, Mumbai and in Kashi Art Centre, Kochi, Kerala –

2003

Commissioned by NGMA, Mumbai to do a collaborative mural with Justin Poonmany, Riyaz Komu,

V. Santosh for their permanent collection

“Highlights”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

“Rain”, curated by Bina Ellias Sarka at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

“Shanti Path” at Tao Gallery, Mumbai

“Creative Space”, at India Habitat Centre, Delhi organized by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2002

Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay as part of their 50 years celebrations

“Architect and Artist” – an exhibition of collaborative work between architects and artists at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai (collaborated with Architect Ratan J. Batliboi)

2001

“Palette 2001” – exhibition of works by Indian Contemporary artists, held at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2000

“Memos for the new millennium from artists of a molting world” curated by Abhay Sardesai at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

“Memoirs for the past image of the present and picturing the future” at The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

1999

“Legatee”, The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

Exhibition of works by contemporary artists to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Sir. J.J. Parsee Benevolent Institution held in Mumbai

1998

Indian Contemporary Art, from the collection of Mr. Harsh Goenka presented in association with Bayer in Germany

“The Harmony Show”, The Arts Trust, Mumbai

1997

'Vision Recaptured', British Council Art Gallery, New Delhi. A supportive event to “Enduring Image”, from British Museum, London.

1992

“Nest for Sparrow”, organized by Sparrow at Artists Centre, Mumbai

1982

Group exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1981

“Monsoon Art Show”, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PROJECT

2014

Invited to participate in 'Blue Diaporama' curated by Fabrice Bousteau for the 140th anniversary of Champagne Brut. Projected a diaporama of

notable blue artworks in world art on the walls of cave Pommery, Le Domaine Pommery, Reims, France

2012

Invited to create a public sculpture by the Taiwan government, a project curated by Sean Hu. Contributed a 2.5 tonne mechanized sculpture,

“Galileo and his friends left me with this moons…”, installed at High Speed Railway station, Taipei

Invited to create a public sculpture at “Parc De Sculptures”. Al-Maaden, Marrakech, Morocco

2007

Art on the Corniche, organised by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage of Abu Dhabi

Special Project at Gulf Art Fair, in association with Enrico Navarra Gallery of Paris, at Dubai

ART FAIRS/BIENNALES

2015

Solo project at China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, organized by Double Square Gallery, Taipei

2014

Art Basel, Hong Kong, by Sakshi Gallery

2013

Art Basel, Hong Kong by Sakshi Gallery

Art Paris, Paris (Galerie Rabouan Moussion)

2012

India Art Fair, New Delhi (Sakshi Gallery)

Art Paris, Paris (Galerie Rabouan Moussion)

2011

India Art Summit, New Delhi

2010

53rd Venice Biennale: ‘Making Worlds’, curated by biennale director, Daniel Birnbaum,

2009

ARCO, Madrid, Spain

India Art Summit, New Delhi

2008

Art Miami, USA

Art Taipei, Taiwan

2007

SH Contemporary 2007, China

Art Singapore 2007, Singapore

CIGE, Beijing

1997

8th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

WORKSHOPS

2005

Khoj International Workshop, with artists from many countries including India 2001 & 1999

N.F.O.A.- workshop and talks at Industrial Design Centre, Powai IIT

1998

Workshop at Stella Maris Art College, Chennai

1997

Invited participant at 9th International Triennial Artists Camp, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

 

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