Atul Dodiya Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Atul Dodiya
Woman from Kabul


Acrylic and marble dust on fabric

183 x 122 cm

Woman from Kabul is a work about living in Afghanistan at the turn of the new millennium. The artist recalls a country rich in history and resources that has collapsed under the weight of war. A figure of an elderly woman, stripped of most of her black burka, squats over a very decorative backdrop of wall paper. Her body is revealed as skin and bones, representative of the oppression and squalor that has become endemic of the city. Dodiya’s work is a potent reminder of the plight of the refugee.

Atul Dodiya
Fool's House


Oil, acrylic with marble dust and charcoal on canvas

243.8 x 152.4 cm
Through his paintings and assemblages, Atul Dodiya engages with both political and art history in a way that entwines global /public memory and local/personal experience. In his most recent series of paintings Dodiya appropriates the images and styles of famous artworks. By doing this he pays homage to his influences, but also ‘borrows’ their identities through a kind of painting role-play: copying becomes a form of ‘channelling’ or re-enactment, weaving the master’s identities and ideas to Dodiya’s own (and vice versa). Fool’s House is a tribute to Jasper Johns, the American pop artist renowned for painting generic graphic motifs such as targets, maps and text fonts. The fragmented composition of this painting – divided into rectangular shapes – references the design typical of Johns; the segments of the canvas contain quotes of a Johns map and target. Dodiya first came to prominence with his paintings done on roll down security shutters, and in this work he imprints his own history upon his hero’s, re-conceiving Johns’s international abstraction as a local shop front. The ‘taped photographs’ in the scene make reference to Johns’s 1984 painting Racing Thoughts which used this device to quip famous artworks such as the Mona Lisa; in Fool’s House, one of Dodiya’s snap shots contains an image of Manray’s Cadeau, emphasising his painting as an offering or gift.
Atul Dodiya
Portrait Of Niko Pirosmani (1862-1918)


Enamel paint on laminate board, cotton kurta and cotton pyjamas on iron hangers

183 x 122 cm

In Portrait of Niko Pirosmani (1862-1918) Dodiya portrays the Georgian primitivist Niko Pirosmani, who was revered for having invented a new technique of painting during periods of solitude and poverty. The portrait of Pirosmani initially formed part of Dodiya’s large scale exhibition ’Shri Khakhar Prasanna’ which was dedicated to his friend, the late painter Bhupen Khakhar. Believing that Khakhar was influenced by Pirosmani, Dodiya wanted to include the Georgian painter in his show. The artist uses found objects such as the cotton Kurta and pyjamas which hang over this painting. Here they are dyed a different colour in tribute to Khakhar, who dyed his kurta pyjamas black so he could wear them as an apron in his studio.

Atul Dodiya's Biography

Atul Dodiya
Born in 1959, Mumbai
Lives and works in Mumbai


Malevich Matters and Other Shutters, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

Pale Ancestors, Bodhi Art, Mumbai

Atul Dodiya, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore

Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, Presented by Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Bose Pacia, New York

Walsh Gallery, Chicago
Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid
Sakshi Gallery, Bombay

The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo
he Fine Art Resource, Berlin
Gallery Chemould, Bombay

Herwitz Gallery, Ahmedabad
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Gallery Chemould, Bombay

CIMA Gallery, Calcutta
Gallery Chemould, Bombay

Gallery Chemould, Bombay

Gallery Apunto, Amsterdam

Gallery Chemould, Bombay

Gallery Chemould, Bombay


La Route de la Soie, Tri Postal, Saatchi Collection, Lille
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Urban Manners 2, SESC Pompei, Sao Paulo
All That Is Solid Melts inot Air:Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakeeren, Mumbai
Finding India, Art For The New Century, MOCA Taipei, Taipei
Collection of September, Bodhi Art Singapore, Singapore

Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Divagations: Spaces of Possibility, Raza Foundation Awardees Show, Art Alive, New Delhi
Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA) Mumbai
Body Chatter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
Where In The World, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

Material/Im-material, Gallery Collection, Bodhi Art, Gurgaon
Anxious, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005, Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
Frontlines: Notations from the Contemporary Indian Urban, BodhiBerlin, Berlin
Portrait of a Place, Rob Dean Art Gallery, London
India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation, province of Milan, Milan, Italy

Hungry God, Indian Contemporary Art, Busan, Korea
Private/Corprate IV, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin

India Express, Sacred and Popular, The Helsinki City Art Museum

ICon: India Contemporary, Collateral event, 51st Venice Biennale
Bhupen Among Friends, Museum Gallery, Bombay. Presented by Gallery Chemould, Bombay

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, curated by Chaitanya Sambarani, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Asia Society Museum, New York; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO) Monterry, Mexico; Asian Aret Museum, San Fransisco; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Androgene curated by Alka Pande, India Habitat Center, New Delhi
The Search: Paintings from National Gallery of Modern Art, curated by Dr. Saryu Doshi, Omi Society of Fine Arts, Muscat, Sultanet of Oman
ZOOM! (Art in Contemporary India), curated by Nancy Adajania and Luis Serpa, Museo Temporario/Culturgest, Lisbon
Masala Diversity and Democracy in South Asian Art, Willliam Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut Storrs
South Asian Masters at Alhamra, curated by Salima Hashmi, Alhamra Center, Lahore

New Art India: Home-Street-Shrine-Bazeer-museum, curated by Gulammohammed Sheikh and Jyotindra Jain, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Tree from the Seed: Contemporary Art from India, Curated by Gavin Jantjes, Henie Onstad Center, Oslo
Under the Skin of Simulation: Three Contemporary Painters From India, with Shibu Natesan and Surendran Nair, Fine Art Resource, Berlin
Sub Terrain: Artworks in the Cityfold, curated by Geeta Kapur, Haus Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Crossing Generations: diVERGE: Celebrating Forty Years of Gallery Chemould an exhibition spanning four generations of Indian arts, curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambarani, The National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay

Secular Practice: Recent Art From India, Hoopoe curatorial, Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver
Capital and Karma: Recent Position in Indian Art, guest Curators Angelika Fitz and Michael Worgotter, Kunsthallr, Vienna

Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Curated by Geeta Kapur and Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Tate Modern, London
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama
Moving Ideas: A Contemporary Dialogue With India, Hoopoe curatorial, OBORO, Montreal

Shatabdi: Reflections on a Century Past, CIMA, Calcutta
Embarkations: The Millennium Show, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay.
Kala Ghoda: A Meeting Place, collaborative installation with Architect Rahul Mehrotra, Gallery Chemould, Bombay.
Family Resemblance a show curated by Ranjit Hoskote for Birla Century Gallery, Bombay

Watercolour And Contemporary Painting, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
Icon of the Millennium, organized by Lakeeren Gallery at Nehre Center, Bombay
Ideas and Images – Mumbai Magazine, curated by Saryu Doshi, NGMA, Bombay
Humour on Line Group show with Amit Ambalal, Arpita Singh & Bhupen Khakhar, curated by Abhishek Poddar, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay
Watermark, watercolour show organized by the Fine Art Resource, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
As You Like It, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

Recent Works: Six Artists, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Summer Show, organized by CIMA, Academy of Art & Literature, New Delhi
Artists For A Sustainable World, Gallery Chemould, Bombay.
Contemporary Indian Art, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, Jehangir, Art Gallery, Bombay
SPIN, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay
Wilberding Collection Of Contemporary Indian Art, NGMA, Bombay
Cryptograms, Lakeeren Gallery, Bombay.
Multimedia: Art Of The 90’s, CIMA, Calcutta.

Indian Contemporary Art: Post Independence, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, NGMA, New Delhi
50 Years Of Freedom Of Expression, Sponsored by RPG Enterprises, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
50 Years Of Art In Bombay, 1947-1997, NGMA, Bombay
Gift For India, organized by SAHMAT, LKA Galleries, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
Tryst With Destiny: Art From Modern India, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
The Looking Glass Self, Lakeeren Gallery, Bombay
9th Triennale – India, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
Indian Contemporary Art: An Overview, The Fine Art Resource, Berlin
Epic Reality: Contemporary Narrative Painting From India, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas
Out Of India:Contemporary Art Of The South Asian Diaspora, Queens Museum of Art, New York

Cinemascape: An Artist’s Tribute To 100 Years Of Cinema, Lakeeren Gallery, Bombay

Bombay: An Artist’s Impression, sponsored by RPG Enterprises, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

Indian Eclectics, sponsored by French Embassy and Sanskriti Pratishthan, New Delhi

Seventeen Indian Painters, Gallery Chemould Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay