Amit Ambalal

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Amit Ambalal

Amit Ambalal born in 1943, uses his satirical wit to develop a parody, a caricature and a mimicry into an expression. The pleasure he derives by a moving brush is evident in his act of image-making defined by the free flow and transperancy of colour and form. In 1979 he decided to abandon the role of a businessman and become an artist. That banishment of rigidity and this embrace of fluidity thrive on his will to be transparent and very human. His works become as much about birds and animals as about human beings concluding in satirical manifestations. Imbued with energy and wit, Ambala creates a visual language, where he often re-explores mythological themes and tales, and re-imagines mythical characters in a new idiom which is both secular and sacred. He works in watercolour, gouache, dry pastels and papier mache.

Amit Ambalal has exhibited in Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Archer Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata; Bodhi Art, Singapore; Galerie F.I.A., Amsterdam; James Harvey Gallery, Sydney amongst many others.

He is the recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Italy [2003], Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation [1974] and Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi [1968]. He has also participated in the India Art Fair, New Delhi [2010], 6th Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal [1996].

Ambalal’s interest in Nathdwara Paintings of Rajasthan led him to publish a seminal book entitled Krishna as Shrinathji. He also held an exhibition of his personal collection of Nathdwara Paintings in Delhi.

The artist lives and works in Ahmedabad.

 

AMIT AMBALAL

Born in 1943, Ahmedabad, India
Lives and works in Ahmedabad, India

EDUCATION

Graduate in Arts, Commerce and Law

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010

Sermons in Ceramics, Amdavad Ni Gufa, Ahmedabad

2008

Recent Works, Gallery Espace, New Delhi and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2006

Black Spring of the Blue God, organized by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai Gallery Maya, London

2005

Leela: The Lightness of Being, Bodhi Art, New Delhi and Singapore

2004

Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2003

The Civitella Experience, Hutheesing Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad

Archer Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

2001

Galerie F.I.A., Amsterdam

2000

Gallery Espace, New Delhi

1998

Archer, Herwitz Gallery, Ahmedabad

1997

Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

1996

Herwitz Gallery, Husain Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad

1994

Gallery Espace, New Delhi

1993

Hutheesing Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad

1992

Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

1986

Sanskar Kendra Gallery, Ahmedabad

1984

Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

1983

Sangat, Ahmedabad

Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1980

Urja Art Gallery, Baroda
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012

Narratives of the Self: Autobiographies, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2011

Masters Ltd: Limited Editions, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Of Humour, Wit & Satire, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
The Intuitive: Logic Revisited, Osians Collection at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

2010

Master’s Corner, Indian Contemporary Art Journal, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
National Printmaking Portfolio, Marvel Art Gallery, Ahmedabad
Manifestations IV, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
Roots: 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai and The Park, Chennai

2009

Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality, 20 Years Celebration of Gallery Espace at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Think Small, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

2008

Mapping Memories – 2, Painted Travelogues of Bali and Burma, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
Mapping Memories – 1, Painted Travelogues of China and Greece, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

2006

Drawing Show an Act of Art II, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai
Making of Divinity, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Back to the Future, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2005

Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Divine Inspiration, India Fine Art, Mumbai
Papyrus Works on Paper, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda
Group Show 2005, Lanxess ABS Gallery, Baroda
In Short, Hacienda Gallery, Mumbai
Bhupen Among Friends, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Angkor-The Silent Centuries, Bodhi Art, Singapore, New Delhi
Ritu – A Gathering of Seasons, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

2004

Art for Shaily, The Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Jiva / Life, Bodhi Art, Singapore
A Tribute to Bhupen Khakhar, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Indian Artists for France, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi
The Margi and the Desi, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Interlude in Srilanka, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

2003

Of Memories, Dreams, Reveries, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
Shantipath, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

2002

Leela, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Navarasa, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Cinema Still, Apparao Galleries, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2001

The Aesthetic Experience, Sakshi Gallery and Art Underground, Mumbai
In Conversation, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Similarities and Dissimilarities – West, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

2000

Once Upon a Time, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Memoirs of the Past, Images of the Present and Picturing the Future, The Fine Art Company, Mumbai
Faces, Design Art, New Delhi
Beyond the Surface, Gallery Espace, Delhi and Fine Art Company, Mumbai
Early Works, The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

1999

The World is Round and Time is Cyclical, Art Today, New Delhi
Humour on Line, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Icons of the Millenium, Lakeeren, Mumbai
Ganesha, Chauraha International, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai
Multiple Images, organized by Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy Parsee Benevolent Institute of Sir J.J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai

1998

Wilberding Collection of Contemporary Indian Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

1997

Major Trends in Indian Art since 1947, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi
Gift for India, Sahmat, New Delhi
James Harvey Gallery, Sydney

1996

Harmony Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

1995

Utsava, Festival of Perth, Amsterdam
A Tree in My Life, Village Gallery, New Delhi
Gouache on Paper, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Post Cards for Gandhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi
Indian Beast, The Gallery, Chennai
Watercolours – A Broad Spectrum, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Art for CRY, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore

1994

Drawing’ 94, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

1993

Schoo’s Gallery, Amsterdam
Shraddha Samarpan, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1991

Artists Against Communalism: Images and Words, Sahmat
A Gallery of Indians, Harvard
Gadyaparva Exhibition, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Chitragurjari ’90, Vishwagurjari, Mumbai

1989

Indian Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
Artist Alert, Delhi

ART FAIRS/BIENNALES/TRIENNALES

2010

India International Art Fair, New Delhi

1996

6th Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal

1990

Third Painting Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

1986

Sixth Triennale, New Delhi

PUBLICATIONS

2014

Amit Ambalal: The Unseen Drawings and Paintings, Timothy Hyman published by Archer

2008

Amit Ambalal, by Gayatri Sinha, Gallery Espace

AWARDS

2003

Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Italy

1974

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Ahmedabad

1968

Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, Gujarat

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