‘Reflections on India’, a solo show by leading Indian artist Sarbani Sen
at The Gallery in Cork Street, London - Monday 26th March - Sunday 31st March 2007
Sarbani Sen, acclaimed as one of India’s leading artists of her generation will be exhibiting a collection of 30 of her most recent works in ‘Reflections on India’, her fourth solo show in London at The Gallery in Cork Street, 28 Cork Street, London. Sen, a largely self-taught artist, is inspired by nature and man’s relationship with nature and her work varies from realistic to stylised semi-abstraction in style.
This new series of evocative paintings depicts very different images of India illustrating a side of the country and its people not often alluded to by artists. The bustle of an outdoor bazaar, a fleeting glance of an open-air wedding, the brooding mist hanging heavily over the lagoon or the storm clouds over the Himalayas all serve to evoke the ethereal quality of a land steeped in mystery and illusion.
This is India at its most intriguing, with a hint of menace and austerity, a world away from the familiar images of the key monuments. There is a feeling that someone hidden from view is watching ‘the viewer’ in each of the works - an unseen presence. This is the intellectual lever that connects the artist with the viewer. Collected avidly by corporate and private clients, Sen is often featured in the annual TATA art calendar.
Sarbani has always had a great urge to explore the unknown, go beyond the horizon or next mountain range, to see beyond the boundaries of the closed gate. It is this feature which both stimulates and articulates Sarbani Sen’s work and her preoccupation with the transitory nature of man and his environment.
Although the artist is based in Pune, India, she travels widely for inspiration, and is always drawn back to the Himalayas. Particularly drawn to Europe, she has studied the Old Masters and Oriental schools in most major collections. Her choice of subject perfectly encapsulates her calm tonal palette and mastery of contrasting light. This is a side of India that is not often painted.
Sarbani Sen comments, ‘I hope visitors to the exhibition feel as inspired by the land and people of India as I continue to be.’
Notes to Editors:
Sarbani Sen has always had an intimate knowledge of classical and contemporary art in India, Europe and Japan. This passion was reinforced through many trips to galleries worldwide to study the Masters of both Old and Contemporary Schools of Art.
Following a career in Mathematics, Sarbani, largely self-taught, began sketching and painting professionally from 1974. Her interest has always been in nature and man’s relationship with nature.
It was in the early eighties, that she became apprenticed to the late Professor N.S. Bendre of the J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, one of the great Indian artists. It was from him that she learnt the value of following her own instincts over pure technique.
Sarbani’s work varies from realistic to stylised semi-abstraction. Her visits to European galleries to study the works of the Masters have helped to gain a clearer insight to her own artistic objectives.
She began to show her painting professionally from 1981 and has had 20 solo exhibitions in galleries in Mumbai, New Delhi, Calcutta and London. She has also participated in several group exhibitions in India, the USA and Canada. Her work is widely sought after all over the world by corporate and private clients alike.
Sarbani Sen has had much international acclaim from art critics and collectors alike. The Tata Art Calendar has chosen one of Sarbani Sen’s works for its front cover in 2000 and 2001. The Tata Art Calendar is an art institute of 30 years standing in India.
Her work is represented in many public collections, including:
The Finance Ministry of India
Former Consul General of USA to India
Price Waterhouse Coopers
The Tata Group
The Taj Group of Hotels
Export Import Bank of India
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Bank of America
EMI Records International
Sarbani Sen’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in India, UK, USA, Canada, Australia Switzerland, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines, and UAE.
Her solo exhibitions include:
March 07 The Gallery - Cork Street, London
Feb 07 The Nehru Centre, Mumbai
March 05 The Nehru Centre, Mumbai
March 04 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Jan 04 The Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Dec 02 HSBC Gallery, Pune
Dec 01 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
March 99 Edith Grove Gallery, London
Feb 99 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
Jan 97 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
June 96 The Gallery – Cork Street, London
April 95 The Gallery – Cork Street, London
Jan 95 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
Jan 93 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
Sept 91 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
Dec 89 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
Feb 88 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
Nov 86 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
May 84 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Jan 83 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Dec 81 Academy of Fine Art, Calcutta
She has also participated in several group shows in India, the USA and Canada.