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Rats And Generals In A Zoological Park
Probir Gupta
Rats And Generals In A Zoological Park

2007

Acrylic and oxides on canvas

Overall size: 229 x 488 cm
Probir Gupta’s canvases are enormous in their scale and narrative. A Kolkata art student during the Maoist uprising in India in the early 1970’s, Gupta demonstrated against routine acts of violence and terrorism. Gupta’s paintings appear as grand history paintings, containing intricate details and pulsating backgrounds. In Rats and Generals in a Zoological Park a sombre looking full-length portrait of Mahatma Gandhi stands robust in front of a coloured version of the Bayeux tapestry. Throughout the work, contoured figures and morose forms riddle the canvas. With his works, Gupta reorganises history into something messy, troubling and rueful in which nothing appears to take precedence.
Free Passage
Probir Gupta
Free Passage

2007

Acrylic and iron oxides on canvas

Overall size: 226 x 396 cm
Free Passage has been likened to Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica. Gupta’s somber figures are depicted in black and white, with the words free passage painted across the canvas in Urdu. The inverted head of the statue of Liberty, camouflaged in army fatigue, emerges from what appears to be a pelvic region to the right of the canvas, as if in birth. The black and white figures possess a theatrical quality; they are shown witnessing the birth of an era of intolerance and violence. The forms appear on the brink of dissolving, as colour disappears from the foreground and becomes rooted into the distance.
Anxiety of the Unfamiliar
Probir Gupta
Anxiety of the Unfamiliar

2006

Acrylic and iron oxides on canvas

268 x 398 cm
In Anxiety of the Unfamiliar Gupta’s figures appear to have transformed into beetles laid out as dreadful corpses. Man, machine and insect intertwine into incomprehensible forms resembling scenes from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Beneath these grotesque figures are a series of miniature negative portraits of men at the epicentre of significant episodes in India’s politically charged history.
The Bene Israel Family
Probir Gupta
The Bene Israel Family

2006

Acrylic and iron oxides on canvas

229 x 396 cm
Gupta’s portrait of the Bene Israel Family is a thoroughly engaging examination of the past. The Bene Israel were a group of Jewish emigrants, who settled in Cochin, in the southern part of the Indian sub continent, at the turn of the century. Research indicates that the Bene Israeli community soon rose to prominence and thrived in the Indian sub continent, at a time when Jewish communities faced persecution in Europe. In Gupta’s painting, the distorted background draws on the history of the Holocaust whilst the Bene Israel Family emerges from this background in indigenous attire, as native Indians of the subcontinent. This work displays the artist’s ongoing examination of identity and social history.
Anxiety of Unfamiliar I
Probir Gupta
Anxiety of Unfamiliar I

2006

Acrylic and iron oxide on canvas

198 x 194 cm
Anxiety of the Unfamiliar I recalls Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, in which the unsuspecting protagonist of the short story wakes to find himself transformed into an insect. Gupta’s two robotic insects are painted side-by-side in an outline of muddy brown and bright yellow. Transparent in their appearance the larger of the two is constructed of a multitude of intricate limbs rooted to a robotic spine that forms the anatomic shell which holds this dissected insect together. Beside it is a smaller insect that falls from the top of the canvas and has within it an animation of acrylic figures at the crest of a mountain under a pitched flag pole wrestling with an unsettled sky.
This Is Not A Pipe
Probir Gupta
This Is Not A Pipe

2005

Acrylic and oxides on canvas with stretched vinyl

244 x 292 cm
Gupta references French Surrealist René Magritte in this painting with the same title. The space allows for endless possibilities, with multi-layered forms resting one on top of the other. For Gupta, a series of beaming portraits, floating pipes, a map of India broken up into its regional details and a naked figure contorted in a well intentioned pose form the subject of multiple narratives.

Probir Gupta's BIOGRAPHY

Probir Gupta
Lives and works in New Delhi


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2007
To Whomsoever It may concern Bodhi Art, New York
Found Objects Anant Art Gallery,Delhi
Found Objects Academy Of Fine Arts,Kolkata
At Half Mast Bose Pacia,Nature Morte, Kolkata

2005
At Half Mast Nature Morte Gallery

2003
Transparencies in Black and White in collaboration with
Writers, journalists and activists Lalit kala Akademi

1999
Apparao Galleries, Chennai

1998
Solo exhibitions by 12 Indian Contemporary Painters, Paris To commemorate 50 years of Indian Independence, organized & co- sponsored by ICCR, Indian High Commission, Paris & the French Ministry
of Culture

1996
Solo Exhibition in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai,Bangalore & Kolkata.

1994
Works on Wood, Galerie Espace New Delhi

1993
Walls of Kolkata, Galerie Espace New Delhi

1992
Paintings on Textiles, Gallery Ganesha New Delhi
Galerie Paul Cavalier, Paris

1991
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

1990
Shridharani, New Delhi

1988
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

1987
AIFACS, New Delhi

1986
Palais Des Beaux-arts Brussels On the occasion of book release by six Belgian Poets

1985
Galerie Bernanos, Paris

1984
Caen, Normandie- France


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2007
Art For The World, Hanger Bicoca, Milano
FIAC, Louvre, Paris Bose Pacia and Nature Morte

2002
Borsos Mikolos Museum, Gyor, Hungary
Works from 34th International Artists Symposium
International Artists Exhibition at the Egyptian Cultural Center, Vienna
Ways of Resisting – Curated by Vivan Sundaram
Open Window at Chitrakoot Gallery Kolkata
Retrospective Exhibition of works from the collection of
Alliance Française de Delhi
Voices for the New Century Art Inc & Vis-à-Vis

2001
Gallery East, Freemantle, Australia
Harvest by Arushi Gallery at Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Delhi

2000
8 Indian Artists at the INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR Perth, Australia, sponsored by the Association of Western Australian Art Galleries & The Australia Council for the Arts

1999
Beyond The Surface paper pulp Collaborative show by Gallery Espace & The Fine Art Company Mumbai
Aids Victims at Oberoi Hotel New Delhi by Gallery Art Inc
Edge of the Century curated by Amit Mukhopadhay
Exhibition curated by Alka Pande in Chandigarh

2000
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore
Contemporary Artists from Bengal at Birla Academy Kolkata by FAAR & Open Window

1999
4th St. Petersburg International Biennale of Contemporary Art
Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

1998
Invited Artist at Birla Academy Annual, Kolkata
25 Contemporary Painters Independence Show at the Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi

1997
50 Artists, 50 Years Of Independence at Jehangir Gallery Mumbai by the RPG Groups
Hommage to ARTAUD by 20 Contemporary artists at Eicher Gallery New Delhi, curated by Marie Delpeche

1995
Emerging Trends by Gallery Art Inc at Rabindra Bhavan New Delhi curated by RM Palaniappan & Akhilesh
Jury’s Invitation to participate in V1th Biennale of Bharat
Bhavan Bhopal
Indian Artists in Dubai by Galerie Espace

1994
D 94 At AIFACS New Delhi by Galerie Espace

1993
For the Blind at Galerie Espace New Delhi
20 French & Indian Artists at Birla Academy Kolkata
Hommage to RIMBAUD at Alliance Francaise

1992
Indian Artists In France by the Embassy of France in Rabindra Bhavan New Delhi
3 Dutch & 3 living & working Artists in the subcontinent India, Nepal & Pakistan

1990
AIFACS Annual New Delhi
Artists of Fame & Promise by Gallery Chanakya at Rabindra Bhavan

1989
International Banners on LIBERTY at Musée des INVALIDES Paris
ENSEMBLE, Rabindra Bhavan New Delhi
National Exhibition, Lallit Kala Academy

1988
Shridharani Gallery New Delhi
8 Artists at Rabindra Bhavan
National Exhibition, Lallit Kala Academy

1987
Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1986
Collective exhibition organized by the Galleries in Brussels

1984
Indian Painters, Paris

1983
Galerie Audio Visuelle Paris
Contemporary Annual, Birla Academy Kolkata

1982
Théâtre Renaud Barrault Paris