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india art fair 2019
F05 & P07
G Ravinder Reddy

G Ravinder Reddy
Muthayulu, 2007
Gold Gilded on polyerster resin fiberglass
23.5 x 16.5 x 25.5
Edition: Unique

 

The artist has embraced a distinct path in the representation of female subjects, whether in bodily form, or in elaborately detailed heads. His journey has brought him from the time when, along with other students at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda he experimented with the new inexpensive medium of polyester resin or fibreglass, to his powerful contemporary sculptural installations that are monumental in scale and presence. “Mr. Reddy’s series of heads have less to do with stereotypical ideas of beauty, and more to do with an ageless celebration of a woman’s endurance and fecundity.” Says Julie Walsh, Director, Walsh Gallery. The painted forms have been inspired by both classical and popular art; one can see a profound engagement with the Yakshi figures embedded in Indian sculptural history, as well as Egyptian and Greek sculpture, balanced with interpretations of street culture and popular imagery reflected in the glossy surfaces and rich colouring.

For Ravinder, working with complete figures in relief and the round paved the way for the exploration of iconic heads – clearly defined faces that concentrated the entire power of the body through accentuated features of eyes, nose, lips, forehead and chin. Each sculpture is a goddess of the everyday, embracing the world with her fearless gaze and standing out in the crowd. “I have always been concerned with arriving at an image which is meaningful beyond its structural competence, while incorporating indigenous and contemporary ideas. Physicality of sculpture attracts me.” says the artist.

The women depicted within his sculptures can be overtly sexual and innocent at the same time; they can be challenging and docile, demanding and pliant through the same gaze. They are entities of multivalent interpretations.

- Lina Vincent Sunish
Art Historian & Curator

 

BIOGRAPHY

G.Ravinder Reddy was born in 1956 in Suryapet, Andhra Pradesh. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Sculpture) in 1980 and Master’s in Fine Arts (Creative Sculpture) in 1982 from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He studied Art and Design from Goldsmith College of Arts, University of London in 1983 and did a short course in ceramics from Royal College of Art, London in 1984.

Ravinder Reddy has exhibited extensively in India and Abroad. His solo shows include “Heads and Bodies, Icons and Idols” at RMZ Galleria, Bangalore in 2017, Grosvenor Vadehra, London in 2008, “Ravinder Reddy: Select Sculpture” at Bose Pacia Gallery, New York in 2007, “Incredible India” Le Jardin D’acclimatation, Paris in 2007, exhibition of sculptures at Walsh Gallery, Chicago in 2003, “Devi” at Sackler Gallery, Washington DC in 2001, “Popular Cultures” at Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg in 2001 among many others. His Group Exhibitions include “Mysteries of the Organism” and “Travelling in Two Boats at the same time” at Akara Art, Mumbai in 2016, “Excavation/ Eruption” curated by Yashodhara Dalmia at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi and Grosvenor Vadehra, London in 2015, “Sculpted Images” at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2013, to name a few.

He participated in “Crossings: Time unfolded, Part 2” at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi in 2012, “India: Lado a Lado / Arte Contemporânea Indiana (India: Side by Side / Indian Contemporary Art)”, part of the Exhibition ÍNDIA! presented by Brazilian Ministry of Culture and Banco do Brasil at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo; SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília in 2011, “Paris – Delhi – Bombay” at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2011, “Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket: The New Cultural Icons of India” at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2011, “Time Unfolded” at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi in 2011, “Facing East: Recent works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection” at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; his art fair participations include Art Basel Hong Kong presented by Vadehra Gallery in 2015, 2016 and 2017, India Art Fair, presented by Sakshi Gallery & Vadehra Gallery in 2014, Art Basel Hong Kong presented by Vadehra Gallery in 2014, India Art Fair, presented by Sakshi Gallery & Vadehra Gallery in 2014, 2012, Hong Kong Art Fair presented by Vadehra Gallery in 2012, India Art Summit, presented by Sakshi Gallery in 2011 and Art Stage Singapore presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and 1 x 1 Gallery Dubai in 2011.

Ravinder Reddy’s works are in the collection of several museums such as Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA., Smart Museum, Chicago, USA., Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA., Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA., Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia and National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.

 

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