April 18th to July 18th 2014

"Surendra Pradhan
- A Restrospective"

  • By Surendra Pradhan
  • artist
    Surendra Pradhan

    About Artist Profile

    Surendra Pradhan (born 1965), practitioner of Cubism with Nepali traditional motifs, took up art classes with legendary artist R.N. Joshi at the young age of 11. A prolific artist, he began amassing awards from the same year, eventually going on to hold his first solo in 1981.

    Having done extensive work in Nepal, in ’85 he would leave for India to pursue his BFA at Sir JJ School of Art. After searching for an artistic voice to call his own, he takes up cubism-inspired compositions, and thus begins his own take of modernism in the arts in Nepal. He has until now had his work exhibited in various countries, with collections in Bangladesh, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Norway, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, and Nepal. Asides from Fine Art, his other engagements include working as an artist on the set of acclaimed motion picture ‘Little Buddha’, as well as being a Materials Specialist for the UNDP/World Bank in the early part of 1990s. From 2002 to 2008, he was also esteemed faculty at Lalitkala. He is also founder member of Nepal Water Colour Society. At his studio in Baluwatar, Mr. Pradhan continues to his pursuit of cubist renditions of Nepali life.

    About Exhibition

    Retrospective…. is a look back at the oeuvre amassed by senior artist Surendra Pradhan, a work history spanning over three decades. Amongst some of the early academically trained artists of Nepal, he began his journey under the tutelage of R.N. Joshi, and was precocious enough to have solo exhibitions long before even beginning his BFA.

    As a student, he was an enthusiastic landscape artist, taking a keen interest in working in the great outdoors. Pursuing his degree at Sir JJ School of Art 1985, Mumbai, he was influenced greatly by Cubist painters. In his search for his artistic voice, he would eventually arrive at his own rendition of cubism, featuring Nepali motifs. In this exhibition, we see Surendra Pradhan’s work metamorphosing through various visual frameworks. Beginning with early student work, which include some very expressive still life and figure studies in oil, that have an intimate, personal touch, the work shifts to more and more mosaic-like forms, and bright hues painted in acrylics, which the artist himself finds reminiscent of stained-glass windows. His work steadily progresses into very fragmented compositions, but then begins a return to bolder, more cohesive shapes in his latest works. Sweeping arcs and geometric break-downs of forms are characteristic in his canvasses. For him, Nepali cultural signifiers in his work are crucial, for although he enjoys working with many themes, representing Nepal in his work is very important for him.