Rameshwar Broota

 

 The artist is known for his paintings of male bodies, both muscular and emaciated, testament to the passage of time. Over the years, Broota has perfected his unique technique, discovered by accident, in which he first applies layers of different coloured paint on the surface followed by a final coat in a dark colour, and then scratches and scrapes away the upper layers of the painting with a sharp knife, to literally unearth his luminous images.

Broota has received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, three times: in 1980, 1981 and 1984. He was also awarded the ‘Kala Vibhushan’ by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi, in 1997. Broota has exhibited far and wide, his most recent solo shows being ‘Counterparts’ at Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, both in New Delhi, in 2009; ‘Photographs by Rameshwar Broota’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; and ‘Archeology of experience’ organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Mumbai, in 2004-05.

Rameshwar Broota lives and works in New Delhi.

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The artist is known for his paintings of male bodies, both muscular and emaciated, testament to the passage of time. Over the years, Broota has perfected his unique technique, discovered by accident, in which he first applies layers of different coloured paint on the surface followed by a final coat in a dark colour, and then scratches and scrapes away the upper layers of the painting with a sharp knife, to literally unearth his luminous images.
Broota has received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, three times: in 1980, 1981 and 1984. He was also awarded the ‘Kala Vibhushan’ by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi, in 1997. Broota has exhibited far and wide, his most recent solo shows being ‘Counterparts’ at Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, both in New Delhi, in 2009; ‘Photographs by Rameshwar Broota’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; and ‘Archeology of experience’ organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Mumbai, in 2004-05.
Rameshwar Broota lives and works in New Delhi.
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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 – ‘This End to the Other’, Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2009 – ‘Counterparts’, Vadehra Art Gallery; Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

2008 – ‘Photographs by Rameshwar Broota’, presented by Sakshi Gallery and Vadehra Art Gallery at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2007 – Organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

2004-05 – ‘Archeology of Experience’, Organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai and Gallery 88 Kolkatta

2001 – ‘Edge of Precipice’, Organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

1998 – Vadehra Art Gallery and Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

1990 – ‘Faces’ in Genesis Art Gallery, Kolkatta

1982 – ‘Man Series’, Kolkatta

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 – ‘Roti, Kapda aur Makaan’, Ojas Art, New Delhi

2012 – Suruchi Art Gallery, Noida

2011 – ‘Exhibition of Photographs’, 1X1 Gallery, Dubai

2011 – ‘Form and Formlessness’, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

2011 – ‘Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010-11 – ‘Figure/Landscape: Part Two’, Aicon Gallery, London

2010 – ‘Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi’, presente by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2010 – ’10 X 10’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

2010 – ‘Paper Trails’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2009 – ‘Progressive to Altermodern: 62 years of Indian Modern Art’, Grosvenor Gallery, London

2009 – ‘Zip Files’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

2009 – ‘Master Class’, The Arts Trust, Mumbai

2008 – ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Art’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Dlehi

2008 – ‘Still Moving Image’, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, New Delhi

2008 – ‘Mapping Memories – 1’, Painted Travelogues of China and Greece, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

2007 – ‘Body Mind Soul’, organized  by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2007 – ‘The Eye Within’, Presente by The Shrine Gallery at Roman Rolland Gallery, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

2006-07 – Inventing/Inverting Traditions’, Indian Art II/III, Grosvenor Vadehra, London

2004 – ‘Art Musing’, annual show, Museum gallery, Mumbai

2004 – Arts India Gallery show, New York

2002 – ‘Palette 2002’, Palette Art Gallery, Habitat Art Gallery

2002 – ‘Celebration of Colours’, organize by Vadehra Art Gallery, Jehangir Gallery, Mumbai

2000 – ‘Celebration of Human Image’, Gallery 42, Habitat Art Gallery, New Delhi

2000 – ‘Distillations’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

2000 – ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, organized by Art Motif, Habitat Centre, New Delhi

1999 – ‘Contemporary Art of India’, Peabody Essex Museum, USA

1999 – ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, Mumbai and New Delhi

1998 – ‘Multimedia Art of 90’s’, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkatta

1998 – Group show with Jogen Chowdhury, Manjit Bawa and Gieve Patel, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

1997 – ‘Intuitive Logic II’, Osian’s exhibition and auction in Delhi and Mumbai

1997 – Masanori Fukuoka’s Contemporary Indian Art Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata

1997 – ‘50 Years of Indian Independence’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

1997 – ‘Tryst with Destiny’ organized by CIMA, Singapore Art Museum

1997 – ‘Major Trends in Contemporary Indian Art after Independence’, Lalit Kala Akademi

1996 – ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings 100 Years’, Sotheby’s auction, London

1995 – Contemporary Indian Paintings from the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, Part I, at Sotheby’s auction, New York

1995 – Indian Contemporary Paintings, Christie’s auction, London

1995 – ‘River of Art’, inaugural exhibition of Art Today, New Delhi

1990 – Gallery 7, Bombay

1988 – ‘The Timeless Art’, exhibition and auction by Sotheby’s in Bombay

1988 – Taka Oka, Municipal Museum of Art and Meguro Museum of Art Display Gallery and Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

1987 – ‘Six Painters’ Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

1984 – Exhbitions in Gallery 7, Bombay; Tokyo Biennale, Japan; and the Bangladesh Biennale

1982 – ‘Modern Indian Painting’ in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C

1982 – ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’ in Darmstadt and other cities in West Germany

1980 – ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Dubai

1973-74 – Touring exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art in Poland, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Bulgaria and Belgium

1972 – ‘Graphics – Group 8’, Manchester

1965 to1970 – participated in several group shows at Delhi Silpi Chakra elsewhere in New Delhi

JOINT EXHIBITIONS

1971 – ‘Words and Lines’, large painting titled ‘Gorilla Series’ with artist K. Khosa, New Delhi

PARTICIPATIONS

2011 – ‘Miniscule Marvel’, presented by Contemplate at Gallery BMB, Mumbai

2011 – ‘Manifestations V’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2011 – ‘Time Unfolded’, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi

2010 – ‘Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City’, represented by Vadehra Art Gallery, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

2009 – ‘Expressions at Tihar’, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

2008 – ‘Moderns’, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

2004 – ‘Art Musing’, annual show, Museum Gallery, Mumbai

2004 – Arts India Gallery, annual show, New York

1987 – Festival of India in Geneva and Switzerland

1986 – Havana Biennale, Cuba

1986 – Festival of Art Biennale-Baghdad, Iraq
1982 – ‘India: Myth and Reality- aspects of modern Indian art’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1980-81 and 1984 – National Exhibitions of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1976 – International Art Fair – Biennale – Cagnes-Sur-Mer-France

COLLECTIONS

Broota’s works are housed in leading collections in India and abroad including the National Gallery on Modern Art, the President’s House, Lalit Kala Akademies, a number of educational and other institutions, the Joseph Broz Tito Museum in Yugoslavia, the Kunst Museum in Dusseldrof and various private collections in India, USA, Germany, Switzerland, UK, France, Mexico, Sweden and Dubai. TheChester and Davida Herwitz Collection, USA, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA, the Jane and Kito De Boer Collection, Dubai, Rajshree Pathy,Coambatore, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi and Greater Noida.

1997 – ‘Kala Vibhushan’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi

1988 – LN Gupta Memorial Award

1987, 88 – Senior Fellowship of the Government of India

1980, 81 and 84 – National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1976 – Hyderabad Art Society Award for Graphics

1973, 75 – All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi

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