SAJITHA R. SHANKHAR

solo exhibition

18 July - 29 August 2019

Sajitha R. Shankhar (Sajitha Gouwry) (Malayalam: സജിത ആർ ശങ്കർ Sajita Āj̳a Śaŋkaj̳a; born 9 December 1967) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist from India.

Her paintings are featured in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore; the National Gallery of Modern Art; the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhim; and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

Her preferred medium is charcoal and acrylic on paper. She is known for her work series: ARCHETYPES and ALTERBODIES.

For CV please scroll down.

01-Alterbodies (Saptarshies) mixmedia on

1. Sajitha R. Shankar, Alterbodies (Saptarshies), Mixedmedia on banana stem hand made paper, 430 x 80 cm,  2015

02-Archetypes Acrylic on canvas 2007. Si

2. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 455 x 90 cm, 2007

03- Navagrahas- Charcol on paper 2007. S

3. Sajitha R. Shankar, Navagrahas, Charcol on paper, 36 x 24 cm x 9, 2007

04- Women Archetypes- Charcol and Acryli

4. Sajitha R. Shankar, Women Archetypes, Charcol and Acrylic on paper, 180 x 150 cm, 2007

05 -Archetypes 2005 - Acrylic on canvas-

5. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Charcol and Acrylic on paper, 180 x 105 cm, 2005

06-Archetypes 2006 - Acrylic on canvas-

6. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 90 cm, 2006

07-Alterbodies-Mixed media on paper 2010

7. Sajitha R. Shankar, Alterbodies, Mixed media on paper, 182 x 91 cm, 2010

08-Alterbodies-Mixed media on paper 2010

8. Sajitha R. Shankar, Alterbodies, Mixed media on paper, 120 x 120 cm, 2010

09-Alterbodies-Acrylic on canvas 2012- 1

9. Sajitha R. Shankar, Alterbodiess, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 120 cm, 2012

10-Archetypes 2008 - Acrylic on canvas-

10. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm, 2008

11-Archetypes 2006 - Acrylic on canvas-

11. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm, 2006

12-Archetypes 2003 - Mixed media on pape

12. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Mixed media on paper, 180 x 105 cm, 2003

13 -Archetypes 2006 - Acrylic on canvas-

13. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 90 cm, 2006

14 -Archetypes 2006 - Acrylic on canvas-

14. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 90 cm, 2006

15 -Archetypes 2006 - Acrylic on canvas-

15. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 90 cm, 2006

16-Archetypes 2005 - Acrylic on canvas-

16. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm, 2005

17-Archetypes 2006 - Acrylic on canvas-

17. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 90 cm, 2006

18-Alterbodies-Mixed media on canvas 201

18. Sajitha R. Shankar, Alterbodies, Mixed media on canvas, 182 x 91 cm, 2018

19- Women Archetypes- Acrylic on canvas

19. Sajitha R. Shankar, Women Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 270 x 90 cm, 2008

20 -Archetypes 2006 - Acrylic on canvas-

20. Sajitha R. Shankar, Archetypes, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 90 cm, 2006

CV

 

SAJITHA R. SHANKHAR 

 

1967     Born 9th of December in Kumaranalloor, Kottayam, Kerala, India. 

1987     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting Government College of Art, Trivandrum, Kerala. 

1987-90     “Regional Centre Studios”, Chennai. 

1989-04     Lived and worked at Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai. 

1995-06     Travelled to U.K., Germany, Sweden, Holland, Scotland, Japan, Sri Lanka, Austria, Spain & France. 

2002-11     Member, Kerala State Lalitkala Akademi. 

2002     Jury, Kerala State Annual Art Exhibition & All India Fine Arts Society Art Exhibition (AIFACS), Kerala. 

2006-11     Governing body member of Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan, Trivandrum. 

2007    Founder and Director of Gowri Art Institute, International Artist and Writers residency, Trivandrum.

2007-10    Teaching art at south Delhi Polytechnic New Delhi.

2014-15     Committee Member of Gender Justice in Campuses, Higher Education, Kerala Govt. 

2007-13     GARHI Studios, New Delhi.

2014    Treasurer of Trivandrum Chapter (Association of British Scholars).

2013    Tantric Yoni, Installation at Durbar Hall Ground, Cochin sponsored by OBR (One Billion Rising, New York.) 

2013    Guest faculty at Government of Fine Arts, Trivandrum.

2016    Council Member, Kerala State Lalitkala Akademi.

2016    Selected for British Council’s WOW – World of Women Fest 2018.

2017    Executive Member, Kerala State Lalitkala Akademi. 

2017    Pollock Krasner award from New-York 

 

Permanent display of ‘Archetype’ series at NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art), Bangalore

Presently living and working at own studio at Trivandrum, Kerala.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2016    ‘Alterbodies’ installations at Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum (On International Women’s Day). 

2013     ‘Alterbodies’ at Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum. 

2013     ‘Archetypes Alterbodies’ at IGNCA, New Delhi - (on International Women’s Day).

2009     CIRCLES Siebenstern Gallery, Wien. 

2008     STREE Tracing 20 years, retrospective show at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi. 

2007     Alliance Francaise de Chennai. 

2007     Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. 

2005     Selected works from 1985-2005 at Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala. 

2005     “A journey through Mother Roots...” at Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum. 

2004     “Archetypes: A search through self” at Windspiel Gallery, Vienna, Austria. 

2004     “Archetypes: A search through self” at Alliance Francaise de Chennai. 

2000     “Congreso International Sobre Asia”, Fundacion Segundo Y Santiago Montes, Valladolid, Spain. 

2000     One month exhibition, Wort und Bild Gallery, Bochum, Germany. 

2000     October Gallery, London. 

2000     “Beyond the finale...” Alliance Francaise Gallery, Chennai. 

1999     “Searching from self” Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, UK. 

1998     Katsuyama City Centre, Japan. 

1998     WerkstattWort und Bild, Bochum, Germany. 

1998     Freud Art Cafe, Oxford, UK. 

1997     “Three decades of search within” Die Galerie, Essen, Germany. 

1996     “Beauty by Mistake”, The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai. 

1996     “Beauty by Mistake”, Werkstatt WORT und BILD, Bochum, Germany. 

1996     “Artist of the Month”, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai. 

1996     “Frauen und Wirklichkeit”, Kunstseminar Galerie, Metzingen, Germany. 

1996     Saras Albano Muller’s Gallery, Schwelm, Germany. 

1995     “Frauen und Wirklichkeit”, Elsa Brandstrom Gymnasium, Oberhausen, Germany. 

1995     Queen’s Hall Art Centre, Hexam, Northumberland, UK. 

1995     Women and Reality”, Woodlands Gallery, Cochin, Kerala. 

1995     Alliance Francaise de Chennai, organized by Sarala’s Art Centre and Alliance Francaise. 

1987     College of Arts Gallery, Trivandrum. Sponsored by Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala. 

 

GROUP SHOWS 

2016    Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Cochin.       

2015    “Hidden Art”, Malmo, Sweden.

2012     “Speaking house” Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala. 

2012     Lalit Kala Gallery, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi. 

2011    ‘TRAYATY’ at Gallery the Creant, Trivandrum. 

2010     MY STORY…NIV Art Centre. New Delhi. 

2010     British Council, New Delhi. Charles Wallace Scholars show. 

2007     Women artists show at Regional Center, Chennai. 

2006     Women artists show at Dakshinachithra, Chennai. 

2006     ‘ENTRUSTED’ an exhibition of 25 Charles Wallace India Trust Arts Scholars, British Council, New Delhi. 

2005     100th Birthday Celebration of Pablo Neruda(Poet) at Wort Und Bild, Germany. 

2005     ‘Double Enders’ Travelling show - Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai - Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi - Durbar Hall, Cochin. 

2005     ‘Women Art’ at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai. 

2004     ‘Contemplations’ an exhibition of paintings by eminent women artists, Habiart Foundation, New Delhi. 

2004     ‘Contemplations’ an exhibition of paintings by eminent women artists, Gallerie Sara Arackal, Bangalore. 

2003     ‘Viswakarma’ Publiekscentrum Voor BeeldendeKunstEnschede, Netherlands. 

2002     ‘Viswakarma’ Kulturforum Rheine, Germany. 

2002     State Exhibition of Kerala, Lalit Kala Akademi, Cochin. 

2002     Women artists from India, Art World, Chennai. 

2001     44th National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 

2001     “Silence and Violence” black and white Drawing and Painting show, Two women artists, Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Chennai. 

2000     Dreams, questions and struggles, three women artists, October Gallery, London. 

2000     Woodcut Prints Exhibition at Wort und Bild, Bohum, Germany. 

2000     Three artists - at Lalit Kala Academy, Regional Centre Galleries, Chennai. 

1999     Four artists - at Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai. 

1999     Three women artists - at Art World, Chennai. 

1999     Group Show of Madras artists, Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai. 

1998     “Begegnungen” - with H.D. Golzenleuchter (German Artist print-maker & Poet), Germany. 

1998     “Alchemy show”, The Apparao Gallery, Chennai. 

1998     “Nomad Project, International exhibition, Durbar Hall, Cochin, Kerala. 

1998    “Nudes”, The Apparao Gallery, Chennai. 

1998     “Nomad Project shows” Austria cultural Centre, London, Contemporary Art Gallery, Sweden and Katsuyama city centre, Japan. 

1997     Seven contemporary women artists from different countries. Alliance Francaise De Chennai. 

1998     “Southern Stars” exhibition organised by The Art World, Chennai. 

1997     Human Form and Art, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. 

1997     Gallery 47, London, UK. 

1996     “Faces and Figures”, Quay Side Gallery, U.K. 

1996     12th Cleveland International Drawing Biennial, U.K. 

1996     “Chennai: an Emotion. 1996”, Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art. 

1995     “Contemporary Miniatures”, Easel Gallery, Chennai. 

1995    “Women Painters Show”, Kottayam, Kerala. 

1995     “Second Annual Exhibition”, Chithram Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala. 

1995     “23rd State Exhibition”, Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala. 

1993-94     “Research Awardees” Travelling Exhibition, L.K.A, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Calcutta, Chennai. 

1993     “Two women artists”, Sarala’s Art Centre, Chennai. 

1993     “Two women artists”, Chithram Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala. 

1990-93     National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi. 

1989-92     Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai. 

1987,90,92 Regional Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai. 

1984     Women Painters Show, Trichur (first exhibition). 

 

CAMPS, WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES

2018    International Artist’s camp at chitrakala parishath Bangalore, Karnataka. 

2017    Krishnakumar memorial camp at Vaikhary, Mavelikara, Kerala.

2015    National Painter’s Camp at Malampuzha, organised by the Kerala Lalit Kala Academi.

2015    Hidden Art Project, Malmo, Sweden. 

2014     State Awardees Of Kerala at Kasargode, organised by the Kerala Lalit Kala Academi.

2013     Print making camp by Regional L.K.A.at Trissur College of Art. 

2012     “Speaking house” International artists camp at Marari Beach, Alleppey, Kerala. 

2012     Women artists camp at Kozhikode, Genderfest, Government of Kerala. 

2012     State camp at MAHI, Kalagramam, organized by Kerala Lalit Kala Academy. 

2011     National camp at Quilon, Kerala. 

2009     Terracotta camp, Bhopal at Rabindrabhavan. 

2006     All India women artists camp at Dakshinachithra, Chennai. 

2006     All India painters Camp in connection with Roerich Centenary Celebration, organized by Directorate of Kannada and Culture, Bangalore. 

2003     Artist Residency at Faculty of Fine arts, Salamanca University, Spain. 

2000    The International artists camp. “The Village” Habarana, George Keyt Foundation, Sri Lanka invited through ICCR. 

2000     Wood cut workshop with German artist, Golzenleuchter, at Wort und Bild, Bochum, Germany. 

1999     National painters camp at Munnar, organised by Kerala State Lalit Kala Academy. 

1999     Painters camp at Venkatappa, Bangalore. 

1998     “Painting camp” organised by Tamil Nadu Ovia NunkalaiKuzhu, Chennai. 

1998     “Nomads Project” International workshop at Kerala Kalamandalam, Trichur, Kerala. 

1998     “Painting camp” Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore. 

1998     “Nomads Project” International workshop at Katsuyama beautiful mountains, Japan. 

1997     Ninth Triennale International camp, organised by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. 

1997     Kerala state camp organised by State Academy at KILA, Trichur. 

1996     Print-making Workshop under Prof. H.D. Golzenleuchter, Bochum, Germany. 

1996     One month Studio Residency at the Kunstseminar Metzingen, Germany. 

1996     Three months Studio Residency at Queen’s Hall Art Centre, U.K. 

1994     “Women Painters Camp, organized by Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala. 

1992     “Ceramic Sculpture Camp”, Lalit Kala Academy, Regional Centre, Chennai. 

1985     “Painting Camp” at Trivandrum (Kerala) with Prof. N.S. Bendre. 

1983     Sculptors Camp” (Stone Carving) with Prof. Hiroshi Mikami from Japan. 

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2017    Pollock Krasner award from New-York 

2012     Outstanding contribution in the field of arts (painting) by Ministry of Culture, Kerala. 

2009-11     Senior Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi. 

2008-14     Leading Women Artist of India Felicitated by National Legal Service Authority of India New Delhi (on March 8th International Women’s Day). 

2006-07     French Scholarship for Artist Residency in Cite-des arts Paris France. 

2003     Travel grant from Salamanca University, Spain. 

1999     Travel grant from Queens Hall Arts Centre – UK. 

1999    Travel grant from Nomad Project (European Union) for England and Japan. 

1997     50th Golden Jubilee of Independence of India exhibition, Senior Award, Organised by Tamil Nadu state Academy (Tamil Nadu Ovia, Nun KalaiKuzhu, Chennai). 

1996     Grand Prize, 12th Cleveland International Drawing Biennial, U.K. 

1995     “Charles Wallace Award” through British Council, U.K. 

1994     “Kerala State Award” for Painting. 

1993-95     Scholarship from Shantidevi Mansinghka Trust (Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta). 

1992-93     Research Grant for Painting, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. 

1992     Lions Club Award. 


 

ORGANISATIONAL WORKS 

2008     Directed an Art camp for Tribal students at Vyloppilly Samskrity Bhavan, Trivandrum, Kerala. 

2007     Founder and Director of Gowry Art Institute, Trivandrum, Kerala. 

2002     Conducted a camp at Kottayam district, Organised by Kerala State Lalit Kala Akademi, Trichur. 

2002     Conducted an art camp for tribal children, Attapadi, Palghat, Kerala, Organised by AHADS. 

2000     Directed painting workshop for children at Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai. 

1998     “Nomads Project” International workshop at Kerala Kala Mandalam, Trichur, Kerala. 

1997     7 contemporary women artists from different countries at Alliance Francaise de Chennai, through networking of artists while travelling. 

1996     Woodcut prints of H.D. Golzenleuchter (German Artist print-maker & Poet), Easel Art Gallery, Chennai. 

1995-05    Conducted many art therapy workshops for women and children(for mentally ill kids). 

 

PUBLICATIONS 

  • Designed cover for literary books. 

  • Illustrated fiction published in India Today. 

  • Illustrated Malayalam, Tamil, German poems. 

 

COLLECTIONS 

  • National gallery of modern art Bangalore. 

  • Delhi art gallery. New delhi. 

  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 

  • Alliance Francaise de Chennai. 

  • Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. 

  • Malayala Kala Gramam, Mahi, Kerala.

  • Madras Museum, Chennai

  • Katsuyama City centre, Japan

  • MSSRF, Chennai

  • Cleveland art Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK

  • Many private collections in India and abroad

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