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 ‘Nude 1’
Wasim R. Kapoor


Wasim Kapoor is an artist, who – while he documents the wounds that afflict an individual, a people or a society – is able to capture a strange beauty, even in the apparently brutal or sordid. He magnifies a mood or an emotion with marvelously sympathetic close-up views of the spiritual content underlying material reality.

In addition, his mastery of portraiture shines through in the fatigued postures and languid sexuality of the women in his “Nudes’ series. These portraits seem removed from Kapoor’s usual evocative minimalism, in the richness of detailing and light effects woven with subtle modulations of monochrome, into his depiction of the nudes and the room in which they sit. Yet a window, which opens out into an ambience of other-worldliness, and a suggestion of mystery, offsets the closeness of this interior space. There is an echo here of the haunting isolation and empty unending spaces anchored with the sparest of monochromatic detail, that transforms Kapoor’s artistic vision into a near-mystical experience in pictures like “Silence”. This is Kapoor’s characteristic style.

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‘Nude 2’
oil on canvas
48”x 36”
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‘Nude 3’
oil on canvas
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‘Untitled’
conte on canvas
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Just as in his series ‘Shades of Time’, so too in the “Nudes”, the window forms a motif that acts as a ‘frame within a frame … (which) marks the meeting of two worlds, that without and that within…’ In the ‘Nudes’, the window is also an image that symbolizes a woman’s tired detachment from – and perhaps a yearning towards, unattainable freedom.

Shashi Baliga writes in the preface to ‘Shades of Time’. “Wasim Kapoor is a painter whose eye discovers beauty in the surreal and the mundane, in joy and in pain, in the shadow of despondency and the aura of glamour. Fascinated by woman in her endless forms, he has moved from the cloistered yearnings of the “Burkha” series … to the raw wounds of the prostitute in the ‘Victims’ and the abandon of the ‘Nudes’. These are unremittingly dark portraits; they do not celebrate womanhood but are filled with commiseration. His Nudes exhibit a tired sexuality, his Victims wear an air of degradation, the women in Burkha are caged animals waiting to break free … (he) is an artist who likes to walk on the grey side.”

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‘Untitled’
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‘Nude 1’
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About the Artist

Birth: 3rd January 1951, Lucknow

Education: Diploma in Fine Arts From Indian College of Arts and Draughtsmanship, 1st Class

Selected Exhibitions and Participation

Solo

• 2006 Kolkata
• 1984 Kolkata
• 1974 Kolkata
• 1970 Kolkata
• 1969 Kolkata

Group Exhibitions & Participation

International

• 1992 Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Paris, Lyons, and Marseilles, France
• 1992 Exhibition of contemporary Art, Kassel, Germany
• 1987 International Drawing Exhibition, Japan
• 1982 & 1983 Exhibition of Four Painters, Sweden

National

• 1994 Galerie 88, Kolkata
• 1993 Vadhera Art Gallery, N.Delhi and Mumbai
• 1993 “Trends and Images”, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata
• 1993 “Wounds” at CIM Art Gallery, Kolkata
• 1991 &1992 “Brush Strokes from Bengal”
• 1991 “Changing Images of Contemporary Art”, Mumbai
• 1991 Monsoon show Habiart, N. Delhi
• 1990 5th Silver Jubilee All India Art Exhibition of State Lalit Kala Akademi, N. Delhi and Lucknow
• 1990 “Art Mosaic” on Calcutta Tercentenary, Kolkata and Mumbai curated I.T.C and Chitrakoot Art Gallery
• 1990 Silver Jubilee of ‘Calcutta Painters’
• 1990 ‘Calcutta through the Eyes of Painters’ Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
• 1990 3rd Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal
• 1989 – 1991 Annual exhibition of Galerie 88, Kolkata
• 1989 – 1991 National exhibition of Art, N. Delhi
• 1989 – 1990 Traveling Exhibition of Lalit Kala Academy, N. Delhi
• 1989 ‘Exhibition of Five Painters’ N. Delhi
• 1989 Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Mumbai
• 1989 Exhibition of Calcutta Tercentenary, Kolkata
• 1989 Exhibition of Human Rights org. Alliance Francaise, Kolkata
• 1987 Exhibition of 8 Contemporary Artists of India, Birla Academy of Art & Culture Kolkata
• 1985 Painting Exhibition, govt. of West Bengal
• 1982 Exhibition of M.F Hussain, Kolkata
• 1981 – 1982 Exhibition of Calcutta Painters, N.Delhi
• 1981 – 1982 Picasso Centenary Exhibition org. ‘Calcutta Painters’, Kolkata
• 1976 AIFACS All India Surrealistic Art Exhibition, N. Delhi
• 1975 & 1976 Travelling Exhibition of Lalit Kala Academy, N. Delhi
• 1975 & 1976 AIFACS Portrait Exhibition, N. Delhi
• 1969 –1995 Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
• 1966 –1983 All India Annual exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
• 1966 –1975 All India Exhibition, AIFACS N. Delhi

AWARDS
1985 Shiromani Award Asian Paints
1984 Award, Govt. of West Bengal
1984 All India Award, Birla Academy of Art & Culture
1980 – 1983 All India Award Academy of Fine Arts

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