G R Iranna

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G R Iranna

GR Iranna was born in Karnataka in 1970. Coming from a farming background, his exposure to both the urban and rural worlds has deeply informed his artwork. Iranna encourages viewers to create their own ideas about his work which was initially inspired by personal experiences but later expanded to address social issues faced by the common man. The artist is known for his large acrylic paintings on tarpaulin featuring splotched surfaces, wires, sexless faceless nudes and ominous shadowy amorphous shapes. Monks often appear in his paintings, not because of any particular spiritual orientation of the artist but as symbols of innocence and the collective solitude of faith and its frailty. Iranna also paints trees that seem to bleed over the surfaces on which they are made. Iranna’s sculptural installations use hooded nudes, donkeys and chhapals as metaphors for the cycle of violence and conformity that we see or choose not to see around us.

GR Iranna’s work has been exhibited at galleries like Gallery Espace; The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai; The British Council, Mumbai, & The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai; AICON Gallery, London & New York, UK & USA; Berkeley Square Gallery London; Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, Cairo; Gallery Martini, Hong Kong and many more.

His creations are part of collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; Singapore Art Museum; SAM Museum, USA and others, including personal collections at Mumbai, Delhi, Germany, Holland, Austria, Croatia, Paris, Hong Kong, Switzerland & more

Iranna is recipient of the ABPF Foundation, Signature Art Prize- Singapore Art Museum Jury Award 2008; Harmony Show Artist of the Year Award, Harmony Foundation, Mumbai, 2004; Charles Wallace Scholarship between 1999 and 2000; 40th National Academy award from Lalit Kala Academy and the AIFACS Award in 1997; National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 1996; and several other honours.

In 2007, GR Iranna’s artwork was the subject of two publications: The dancer on the horse by renowned critic Ranjit Hoskote and INDIA 20 by arts consultant, manager and writer/columnist Anupa Mehta.

GR Iranna lives and works in New Delhi.

GR Iranna

1970 Born in Sindgi, Bijapur district, Karnataka
Artist lives and works in New Delhi

Education

1994 MFA Painting, College of Art, Delhi
1992 BFA Painting, College of Visual Art, Gulbarga

Exhibitions

Solo
2012 Limning Heterotopias: A Journey into G.R. Iranna’s Shadows of the In-Between, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2010 Ribbed Routes, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 Birth of Blindness, the Stainless Gallery, New Delhi; Aicon Gallery, London and New York
2007 The Dance on the Horse, Berkley Square Gallery, London, UK
2006 Disorder and Early Sufferings, Gallery Mueller & Plate, Munich, Germany
2006 King of Clay, Gallery Arts India, New York and California, USA
2005 Early Works, Gallery Mueller & Plate, Munich, Germany
2005 Threads of Humanism, Bodhi Art, New Delhi, Singapore
2003 Dream & Perplexity, Guild, Chitra Kala Parishath, Bangalore
2001 The Enigma of Departure, The British Council, Mumbai, and Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2000 Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, Cairo, Egypt
2000 Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2000 Foyer Gallery, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK
1999 In the Shadow of Buddha, Gallery Martini, Hong Kong
1998 Shadows of the Real, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1995 Edge Dynamics, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1992 College of Visual Art, Gulbarga

Group

2013 Spell of Spill, The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 Giant Elephant, Indian contemporary art exhibition, H. Cube Ltd., Seoul, Korea
2011 Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
2010 Indian (Sub)Way, curated by Yashodhara Dalmia, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London, UK
2010 Finding India: Art for the New Century, presented by Sakshi Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei
2010 Go See India, curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay and Oscar Aschan, Contemporary Indian Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
2009 Culture Popular India, curated by Shahin Mirali, Maspresidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid Museum, Madrid, Spain
2009 Moderns and More, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto, California, USA
2009 Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London, UK
2009 Retrieval Systems, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Astonishment of Being, curated by Deeksha Nath, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2009 Think Small, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Big Dreams, Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore
2009 Zip Files, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009 Life is a Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, Mumbai
2008 Material/Immaterial, Gallery Collection, Bodhi Art, Gurgaon
2008 Keep Drawing, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2007 Keep Drawing, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2007 India 20, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2007 High on Art, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2007 Telling It Like It Is: The Indian Story, The Gallery in Cork Street, London, UK
2006 The Human Figure, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
2005 Paths of Progression, Bodhi Art and Saffronart, New Delhi, Mumbai, Singapore, New York
2005 We are like this only?, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2005 Change of Address, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2004 Untitled, Gallery Espace at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2004 Gallery 27, Oslo, Norway
2004 Peter Muller Gallery, Munich, Germany
2002 Words and Images, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
2002 Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings, auction-cum-exhibition, Bowring’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Mumbai
2002 Golden Jubilee Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2002 European and Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings, auction-cum-exhibition, Bowring’s Fine Art Auctioneers, New Delhi
2001 The Human Factor, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 Palette 2001 & 02, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Delhi
2001 Engendering-images of women, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 Apparao Galleries, Chennai
2001 Kaleidoscope, ISU International Art Gallery, Singapore
1999 Icons of the Millennium, Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai
1999 Edge of the Century, New Delhi
1999 The Creative Process, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Vedanta Art Gallery, Chicago, USA
1998 Harmony Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1998 Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1997 Four Artists, Diverse Talents, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, organized by Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1995 Schoo’s Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

Art Fairs/Biennales

2014 Art Chennai, represented by The Guild, Mumbai, Chennai
2013 India Art Fair, The Guild, Mumbai
2012 Art HK 12, The Guild, Mumbai
2012 India Art Fair, The Guild, Mumbai
2008 MiArt Fair 08, Milan, Italy
2007 Asian Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Aicon Gallery, New York, USA
2006 Contemporary Istanbul Fair, Istanbul, Turkey
2005 Arad Biennale, Romania

Awards and Residencies

2008 ABPF Foundation, Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum Jury Award
2004 Artist of the Year Award, Harmony Show, Mumbai
2003 Residency, George Keyt Foundation, Dambola, Sri Lanka
2002 KK Hebbar Foundation Award
2001 State Award, Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi, Bangalore
1999 International Scholarship, Charles Wallace India Trust, British Council
1999 Artist-in-residence, Wimbledon School of Art, London
1997 40th National Academy Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1997 50 years of Art in Independent India, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society Award, Delhi
1996 National Scholarship, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
1995 Garhi Research Grant, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi
1993 In Search of Talent, MF Husain and Ram Kumar Selection Award, Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi
1993 Bansi Parimu Memorial Committee, New Delhi
1993 Delhi College of Art, Delhi
1991-92 College of Visual Art, Gulbarga
1991-92 All India Exhibition, Mysore
1991 All India Fine Arts Exhibition, Gadag
1990 4th All India Exhibition SCZCC, Nagpur

Selected Collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
SAM Museum, USA,
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
David Robert collection, London, UK
Kiran Nadar, Rajshee Pathi collection
Chester and David Harvest collection
and other private collections in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, Austria, Croatia, France, Switzerland and more

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