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Hemavathy Guha

Born in 1975 in Tamil Nadu, Guha’s work is straightforward, bright, and has an idyllic momentum to it. Demonstrating a fascination for natural and geometric forms, Guha painstakingly replicates the images on her surface, creating lyrical groups of forms that are indifferent to each other and yet have meaning only as a collective whole.
 
Guha’s preferred medium is oil on canvas; working figuratively, she clones a single shape in various sizes, filling up the canvas with multiples of a single form. Using a vivid palette and a deliberately contrasting background, she manages to render for her groups of figures a context or setting in which to exist. Guha’s work is at once playful and narrative, and easily recognizable due to the uniqueness of the form.
 
“I find most of the women in India especially in rural areas live a very secluded life and they do not come and venture out in the open. This is what I have depicted here. I have made this arch above these women. I have not shown any facial features as they may belong to India or elsewhere. These lines and dots are an inspiration from the Indian Folk Art. These lines and dots add a dimension to my paintings.”
 
EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS
1985 Studied Fine Arts (Painting and Printmaking) from College of Arts and Crafts, Madras (Chennai)
1988 Art Appreciation from National Museum, New Delhi
1988 Diploma in Museology from National Museum, New Delhi
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1986 One Woman Show at C.P.Art Center, Madras (Chennai)
1987 One Woman Show at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1991 One Woman Show at Triveni Gallery, New Delhi
1995 One Woman Show of Graphics at Triveni Gallery, New Delhi
2002 One Woman Exh. of Installations and concept-based works at Academy of Art and Literature, New Delhi
2006 One Woman Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2007 One Woman Exhibition of Paintings, Canvas Art Gallery, New Delhi
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1989 Group Show of Five Artists at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1989 Two Person Show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1992 Group Show at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1994 Two Person Show at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1996 An Exhibition of Five Printmakers at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1996 Group Exhibition at Akarshan Art Gallery, New Delhi
1998 Two Person Show at Triveni Art Gallery, New Delhi
1999 Two Person Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
 
PARTICIPATIONS
1981 Madras Art Club Annual Exhibition, Regional Center of Lalit Kala Akademi, Madras(Chennai)
1982-83 Madras Art Club Exhibition at Max Mueller Bhavan, Madras (Chennai)
1984 Karnataka Kala Mahotsava at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
1985-86 V.T.I. Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Exhibition, Madras
1987 Diamond Jubilee Annual Art Exhibition of Aifacs, New Delhi
1988, 1990, 96, 02, 04 Annual Exhibition of Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
1988 4th All India Exhibition by Creators, Ambala
1988 3rd International Graphic Art Exhibition by AIFACS, New Delhi
1988-1990 Yuva Mahotsava Exhibition, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
1989, 90, 92 National Exhibition of Art by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1989 All India Exhibition of Art by Group 8, New Delhi
1989-91 Encounter 1 &11 organized by Fore Art Center, New Delhi
1991 All India Young Artists Exhibition, Vadhera Art Gallery, selected by M.F.Hussain
1992 'Backyard Ritual' An Exhibition organized by Goan Art Forum, Goa
1992 1st International Biennale of Graphic Art, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1992 All India Exhibition by Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar
1992 20th International Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubljana
1992 State Level Exhibition organized by Tamilnadu State Art Academy
1994 International Biennale of Graphic Art, Bitola, Macedonia
1994-95 Second International Mini Print Exhibition, Beograd
1995-97, 2003 3rd and 4th, 6th International Biennale of Graphic Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India
1996 1st International Biennale, Raciborz, Poland Galleria, Zyhdi
1996 18th International Exhibition of Prints in Kanagawa, Japan
1996 Invited to Send Works as One of The Five Artists from India for Asian Print Art Exhibition in Busan City, Korea
1996 Exhibition of Mini Prints by Gallery Espace and British Council, New Delhi
1997 International Print Biennale at Varna, Bulgaria
1997 3rd International Graphic Art Biennale, Drypoint, Yugoslavia
2000 'Winter Odyssey' Group Exhibition by Uruswati Art Gallery, New Delhi
2001 Tribute to B.C.Sanyal-100 Years' by I.G.N.C.A. New Delhi
2001 Invited to Participate in Sharjah International Biennale, Sharjah
2004 Exhibition on International Women's Day at I.G.N.C.A.
2004, 05, 06 Multiple Encounters, An Exhibition of Prints by Indian and U.S artists at New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Baroda
2005 An Exhibition of Women Artists organized by ICCR in South Africa and other places
2006-07 An Exhibition of Working Artists of Garhi Artists Studios, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
2006-2007 20th, 21st Annual Exhibition of Art Organized by Sczcc, Nagpur
2006 7th Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of Prints
2008 Women Artists Exhibition Curated by Anjolie Ela Menon
2009 ‘Brief’’, a festival of Short Video Films organized by Seagull Foundation for Media Art and Culture, Kolkata.
 
HONORS AND AWARD
1988 Merit Certificate in 4th All India Exh.of Arts by Creators, Ambala
1991 Merit Certificate in All India Young Artist Exhibition, Vadhera Art Gallery, Delhi
1989-91, 97-99 Junior Fellowship from Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Govt.of India for Young Artists
1997 Certificate of Diploma in 1st International Biennale, Raciborz, Poland
2006 Merit Certificate in 20th All India Exhibition of Art, SCZCC, Nagpur
2008-2010 Senior Fellowship in Visual Arts from Govt.of India Camps
1988 Young Artists Camp organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
1989 All India Women Artists Camp, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2001-2002 Young Artists Camp organized by AIFACS, New Delhi
2005 Senior Printmakers Camp, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, M.P., India
2006 Senior Artists Camp Organized by Aifacs, New Delhi
2006 Painting Camp Organized by Garhi Regional Center
 
2007 National Art Festival Organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Tripura
 
Hemavathy Guha received her fine art education from the college of arts and crafts, Chennai, India. She has held twelve one-woman exhibitions in several parts of India and also participated in several National and International exhibitions of prestige. Important among them are the National Exhibitions of art, Lalit Kala Akademi, Annual exhibitions of AIFACS, Sahitya Kala Parishad exhibitions and several privately organized exhibitions. At an international level, she has participated in the 20th international biennale of graphic art, Slovenia, the International Biennale of graphic art, Bitola, the International Biennale of graphic art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. and Small engravings saloon, Romania
She has received Vadhera art gallery’s first Young artist's award, Junior Fellowship forms the Ministry Of human resource and development, Govt.of India, in 1997-99 in the field of printmaking and Senior fellowship in Painting for 2008-2010. She was invited to hold a solo exhibition of her works in Florean Museum, Romania in 2001 and was awarded  Visiting artists in residency at St.Micheals, print shop, Canada in 2004. In 2007, she participated in the Indian printmaker's exhibition at Frank Museum, U.S.and also a women artists exhibition curated by Anjoli Ela Menon in 2008. Her works are in the collection Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, NGMA, New Delhi and international print Museums in Poland, Slovenia, and Emami Chisel, Kolkatta. She is also the recipient of All India award by AIFACS for best painting,2010 and in 2014. Currently, she is engaged in working in mixed media works using domestic elements like needle and thread, paper, and recycled items, painting and also making short video films which have been exhibited widely. She has also been involved in many community art projects since 2008, working with different communities like ‘migrants’, construction workers, landless urban farmers and currently working with transgenders.

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