Artists > Nityan Unnikrishnan
Nityan’s childhood was spent growing up in a home in Kerala that was part of the intellectual milieu of that period; it was a world populated by left leaning filmmakers, painters and academics. The artist studied ceramic design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and having completed his studies moved to Delhi to pursue a range of interests including pottery, illustration and crafts.
He uses his keen sense of design to create paintings from a myriad of sources both real and imaginary; these include elements from his childhood and his working life. He creates a dynamic relationship between the individual (the self) and his or her landscape. These surreal inversions of reality take the viewer to the interior world of the subject and, by default, the artist himself.
Nityan lives and works in New Delhi.
C & L Shows
11 August - 2 September
It is 10 years since we moved into our space in Kamal Mansion, a building set amid the hurly-burly of Colaba’s Arthur Bunder Road. We are proud to have been the first commercial gallery to find a home on the street. A decade on, is this a birthday or an anniversary celebration? The truth is that we are simultaneously wedded and parent to this thing called Chatterjee & Lal. As our gallery colleagues will no doubt agree, running a space with a regular exhibitions program is all consuming. It is also one of the most rewarding activities that the world of art can provide.
The 10 Year Hustle presents three strands or positions that the gallery has particularly engaged with over the last decade. There are works by gallery artists, mostly in their 30s and 40s, whose practices often incorporate the mediums of performance, moving image, drawing and painting. There is historical material from the 20th Century, with particular focus on that generation of artists born between the 1920s and 1930s: artists who played a critical role in birthing the contemporary in South Asian art. Lastly, there are artworks that reach back to periods in art history that pre-date the modern.
The ancient, the modern and the contemporary: we are rather having our cake and eating it. But, then, isn’t that what birthdays/anniversaries are all about?
Tara Lal & Mortimer Chatterjee Mumbai, August 2017
MINAM APANG | FABIEN CHARUAU | NIKHIL CHOPRA | ZARINA HASHMI | NASREEN MOHAMEDI | HETAIN PATEL | PILLOO POCHKHANAWALA |
MARK PRIME | SAHEJ RAHAL | RASHID RANA | GAGAN SINGH | KIRAN SUBBAIAH | K.G. SUBRAMANYAN | THUKRAL & TAGRA | NITYAN UNNIKRISHNAN
1999 National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, IN
Selected Solo exhibitions:
2015 Transparent Things, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2013 While Everyone is Away, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2011 Many Monsters, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
Selected Group exhibitions:
2013 India Art Fair, Delhi, IN
2012 fiVe, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2012 Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2011 India Art Summit, Delhi, IN