sborne Samuel - Modern and Contemporary Art - Newsletter, February 2014
Winter Monsoon
Balraj Khanna, Monsoon Coming, 1996
Acrylic & sand on canvas 110 x 145 cm; (43¼ x 57 in)
Works by three Indian Artists
Avinash Chandra, Balraj Khanna
and Manisha Parekh

27 February – 5 April 2014

Balraj Khanna (b.1940) came to England in the early 1960’s and is one of the foremost Indian artists, known not only for his painting but also as a curator and for his journalism and writing, best known for his award-winning novel ‘Nation of Fools’. Khanna’s pictures express his unique pictorial language, iconic images that seem to float across the canvas. In 2001, he was commissioned to paint the safety curtain of the refurbished Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, the largest work of Public Art in a theatre. First shown at the gallery in 1993 Khanna’s work has featured in our inventory ever since.

Balraj Khanna
Devi’s Red, 1970
Oil on canvas
Signed & dated verso
132 x 132 cm (52 x 52 in)
Balraj Khanna
African Queen, 1970
Oil on canvas
Signed & dated verso
136 x 136 cm (53½ x 53½ in)

Manisha Parekh (b.1964) is a highly respected Indian painter and sculptor, based in Delhi. During her career she has exhibited in India, Europe and USA and had a solo show at Osborne Samuel in 2006. Her work is often in series; although abstract the forms are organic and tactile with an evident sense of narrative. Parekh’s use of material is a hallmark of her work. Her delicate yet complex structures are assembled from textured handmade papers, rope, cord and other natural elements.

Manisha Parekh
The Red Work, 2002
Watercolour & gouache on paper
Set of sixteen works
Each work signed & dated verso
Each work unframed 15.2 x 22.5 cm (6 x 8¾ in)
Each work framed 30 x 37.5 cm (11¾ x 14¾ in)
Manisha Parekh
Untitled, 2002
Tracing & handmade paper
Signed & dated verso
76.2 x 55.88cm (30 x 22 in)

Avinash Chandra (1931-1991) was one of the group of young progressive Indian artists who trained in India but came to Britain to advance their careers. Chandra made his home in London and exhibited widely throughout his life, participating in many ground-breaking exhibitions such as the Hayward Gallery, London in 1989. Osborne Samuel represent the estate of Avinash Chandra and we have chosen a small group of very important and representative works, showing the transition from landscape painting to the more exuberant figure based pictures which characterise his later career.

Avinash Chandra
Stars above, Stars Below, 1962
Oil on canvas
Signed & dated lower right
203 x 137 cm (80 x 54 in)
Avinash Chandra
Church on University Road, Belfast, 1960
Oil on board
Signed & dated lower right
81 x 61 cm (32 x 24 in)

Avinash Chandra
Music, 1962
Watercolour & ink on paper
Signed & dated lower left
34 x 62 cm (13½ x 24½ in)
Avinash Chandra
The Gathering, 1961
Watercolour on paper
Signed & dated lower centre
56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 in)

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