Arunkumar’s sustained artistic investigation into a diversity of ecological concerns brings forth disharmonies, which are created by rampant consumerist culture. This spread is in inverse proportion to the great decline of natural resources and habitats. With each work, Arunkumar brings in his own local, historical and cultural milieu. The work becomes a generative rather than a conclusive commentary of his concerns regarding the environment at large.
His choice of medium (re-used and re-cycled goods), and consequently, the execution of such concern[s] reflects a negotiation between suburban life and a longing to return to his rural roots. The farmer takes on the role of the protagonist and also becomes the subject to assert the integral role s/he plays in the preservation of environmental bio-diversity.
Arunkumar’s solo shows include: CON-struction, Gallery Espace, New Delhi ; In-site, Aicon Gallery, New York ; Seed of Reckoning, Mumbai Art Room ; Tract, Nature Morte, New Delhi ; Feed, Nature Morte in New Delhi and Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai .
He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in India and abroad. These include Embrace Our Rivers, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai ; Sculpture by the Sea, Sculpture Biennale Aarhus Denmark ; The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Contemporary Indian Art, China ; Beyond Limits at San Diego Art Institute ; Aesthetic Bind Citizen Artist: Forms of Address, Chemould, Mumbai ; Crossing Space, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover .
Arunkumar has been awarded several national and international artist’s residencies: Art Omi International Artist Residency, New York, ; Artist-in-Residence, University of South Australia, Adelaide [2007 & 2002]; Public Art Residency at JNU Campus, New Delhi ; International Artists Camp, George Keyt Foundation, Colombo, ; CHROMA, Public Art Project, Bergen, Norway ; KHOJ International Artist-in-Residence, New Delhi & Modinagar .
The artist works and lives in New Delhi.