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Indrapramit Roy
Artist Medium: 
Painting

Indrapramit Roy studied printmaking (BFA) at the Visva-Bharati University of
Santiniketan (1982-87) and painting (MFA, 1987-89) at the Faculty of Fine Arts of M.S.
University of Baroda, India. Subsequently he was awarded Inlaks Scholarship to study
MA Painting (1990-92) at the Royal College of Art, London, which included a term at
Cite des Arts, Paris. He also spent a term in Berlin on an Erasmus Exchange Scholarship.

From amongst the 16 solo shows held so far the last few were in
, Aicon gallery - USA in May 2007, The Anant Art Gallery,
New Delhi in 2006 and 2009, Pundole Art Gallery,
Mumbai in February 2008 and Galerie-88, Kolkata in November-December 2012 and
2015. ‘Mezzaterra’, his latest solo show opened at Threshold gallery in New Delhi in
March 2016.
He has taken part in Group shows in New York, London, Melbourne and Yangon and has
represented India in Asian Art Exhibition in Macao and the Cairo Biennale, Cairo. In
2013 completed a 12 x 26 feet mural for Terminal-2 of the new Mumbai International
Airport (now rechristened as- Jai Ho Museum).
Honours and fellowships include Kanoria Centre Fellowship (1989-90), Inlaks
Scholarship (1990-92), Govt. of India-Junior Research Fellowship (1993-95), the
Fulbright fellowship, USA (2004-5) and more recently Artist-in-Residence at The Siena
Art Institute (March 2013).

Indrapramit has been teaching painting at his alma mater Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU of
Baroda since 1995.

 

Artist Note

Soliloquies 2020
Sometime in 2019 I went to see a cactus garden. They wanted us to create a mural there that will accommodate both a stylised representation of the cacti and a realistic one of our political masters on the same wall! An idea replete with unacknowledged ironies. I took a good look and documented some of the specimens on display of these strange looking, hardy, adaptive plants known to survive in harsh conditions where little else can. These cacti come in all shapes and sizes and often display perfect geometry and stunning patterns of form that invites touch but for the visible hostility the spikey thorns! ‘Spine’ is what these thorns are called technically and touch you must not! The attraction and repulsion, the lure laced with danger that resides even in the smallest specimens is hard to overlook. Then the pandemic hit us with its full force and stopped life, as we knew it. Initially it all seemed like a temporary short term measure but as the days rolled into weeks, weeks into months, several new words quickly entered into our ever-expanding vocabulary, a realisation dawned that perhaps some things are going to change for good. There are so many imponderables but one thing is certain that there is no certainty worth talking about! It perhaps allows for a pause, a dot in time to reflect and even a possibility to hit the reset button – nobody knows. Things presumed to be normal are liable to change with a very short notice in the new normal. The images in this set chose to come tumbling out at that moment, almost on their own and that is all there is!
Indrapramit Roy
2020

Artist's Exhibition