Anandajit Ray

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Anandajit Ray

Anandajit Ray was born in Kolkata in 1965 and received his art education in Kolkata. Inspired by the naturalist style of George Stubbs and Mughal painter Mansur as well as the fantastic, almost monstrous imagery of Hieronymus Bosch and Dutch master Pieter Bruegel, Anandajit Ray’s paintings offer a dark, phantasmal, often grotesque world to the viewer in which the real and the unreal coexist. Dogs and other more surreal beasts appear in shades of blue and grey while other works explode in fiery oranges and reds. Inanimate objects, pop art images, flora and fauna populate his water colours and gouache on paper creations, drawn with the delicate perfection of a miniaturist. The human body is on display as an entity that is not only fractured but dissected and transformed into hallucinatory bioscapes with disembodied faces, noses, eyes, limbs and shoes. In works like Art Cage and the ironically titled Empty, Anandajit Ray uses a cut-and-paste technique to construct elaborate geometric collages. The final effect is unnerving and discomfiting, but glowing from within with a vivid imagination and sharp sense of black humour.

Anandajit Ray’s works have been shown at Gallery Espace; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore; the 1997 Bangladesh Biennale; Manchester Art Gallery; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and others. In 1999, he received the Sanskriti Award and was nominated for the Sotheby’s Award. He was the recipient of the 1991 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant from Canada. He has also illustrated Wild Fire, a book of short stories by Bengali author Bonophool.

The artist lives and works in Baroda.

Anandajit Ray

1965 Born in Kolkata
Lives and works in Vadodara

Education

1991 Master of Fine Arts (Painting), Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda
1989 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda

Exhibitions

Solo
2011 Tight Underwear, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009 Inflate, Aicon Gallery, New York
2007 I Fear, I Believe, I Desire, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2004 For The Future XI, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2003 Fractured, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2000 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
1999 S.M.T.W.T.F.S, Nazar Art Gallery, Vadodara
1998 Syrup, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
1995 Eicher Gallery, New Delhi
1994 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
1993 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Group

2012 Works on Paper- 2012, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2012 Art for Humanity, Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
2011 Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010-11 A Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2010 Indian (Sub) Way, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Grosvenor Vadehra, London
2010 Art Celebrates 2010, represented by Gallery Espace at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games, New Delhi
2010 1.2.3.4.5… In the Line of Fire, Lemongrasshopper, Ahmedabad
2009 Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality, 20 Years Celebration of Gallery Espace at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2009 Expressions at Tihar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
2009 Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
2009 Bapu, Saffronart, Mumbai
2008 Anxious, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2007 Telling It Like It Is: The Indian Story, The Gallery in Cork Street, London
2006 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 KAAM, ArtsIndia, New York
2003 Gallerie ’88, Kolkata
2002 New Indian Art : Home-Street-Shrine-Bazaar-Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, London
2002 Kapital and Karma, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
2001 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 In Conversation, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1997 Private Languages, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

Art Fairs/Festivals

2012 To Let the World In: Narrative and Beyond in Contemporary Indian Art, as part of Art Chennai, Edition II at Lalit Kala Regional Centre, Chennai
2010 ARCO 2010 Madrid, presented by Aicon Gallery, London
2009 ARCOmadrid, Spain, represented by Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2008 Artparis 2008, Abu Dhabi, presented by Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

Awards

1999 Sanskriti Award, Government of India
1991 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.

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