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S. Nandagopal (b.1946, Bangalore, India)

Nandagopal’s sculptures have a whimsical, but solid quality about them, a mixture of opposites that can be seen in their strong roots in traditional motifs that have been transformed into a super-contemporary idiom that is uniquely his own. This difference is the essential quality of his sculptures. Several figures have been inspired by Hindu mythology and the epics. However, each sculpture creates a new mythology as well as a new form that helps us relate to a culture far removed in time. His powerful, glistening bronze and copper sculptures soar energetically into space. The use of commonplace found objects lends a strangely imaginative ‘today’ quality to the works .

Metaphysical Edge presents the watercolours of S.Nandagopal who is otherwise widely known for his sculptures in welded metal. Over the years he has grown in stature and his “narrative” sculpture constitutes one of the most important collections in contemporary Indian sculpture in India. Yet while Nandagopal is an artist steeped in tradition his work has a contemporary ambiguity that speaks far beyond the Indian art world.
 
Hence the collection of watercolours comes as a pleasant surprise. Like almost all the Madras sculptors he had his basic training in painting though he spent most of his time in the metal work studios. He returns to the watercolours after more than four decades, taking off from there with a totally fresh and different style. 
 
 
EDUCATION
 
1966 - Loyola College, Madras University - Degree in Physics.
         Life member of Cholamandal Artists’ Village near Chennai.
1971 - Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras - first class Diploma in Fine Arts.
 
 
EXHIBITIONS
 
2014 - 4 from the Madras Movement, Art world, Chennai.
2014 & 2011 - For Art Chennai, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2013 - The Madras Movement, Gallery Time & Space, Bangalore
2013 & 2011 - India Art Festival, Mumbai by Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2011 - Solo show, Art world, Chennai
2009 - The Wheel as Metaphor & Other Sculptures, Art Musings, Mumbai, India
2008 - Past Present in Search of The Heroic, Espace, New Delhi, India
2008 - Bronze, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
2006 - Solo show, Singapore Art Museum
2002 - Solo show, Art world Gallery, Chennai, India
1981 - The Madras Metaphor Exhibition, Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi, India
1980 - Travelling exhibition of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Teheran, Moscow & East European countries, Indian section at Fukuoka Museum, Japan
1978 - IV Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
1976 - 13th Middelheim Open air sculpture exhibition, Antwerp, Belgium
1975 - III Triennale, New Delhi, India
1975 - Pugwash Exhibition, Taj Coromandel Hotel, Chennai, India
1972 - II Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
1970 - National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
 
 
AWARDS
 
2002 - The Jindal Stainless Steel Award for Sculpture, New Delhi, India
1978 - Gold Medal at the IV Triennale, India, International Exhibition by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
         State Nunkalai Kuzhu Award of Chennai, India
         National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
1976 - Award of the Kerala Lalit Akademi
1974 - Award of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India
1972 - Award of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India
1970 - National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
1968 - Award of the Madras State, Lalit Kala Akademi
 
 
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
 
1990 - Senior Fellowship of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of India
1985 - I.C.C.R. travel grant to Yugoslavia & British Council travel grant to Britain
1981 - British Council travel grant to Britain
1880 - The Homi Bhabha Fellowship & Travel grant to the United States
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
2006 - In-depth article on work in World Sculpture News, Hong Kong
2004 - Work published in the book Cholamandal-An Artist Village, Oxford University Press
1998 - Work published in the book An Algebra of Figuration, Oxford University Press
1993 - Work published in the book The Madras Metaphor, Oxford University Press
1980 - In-depth article on work in Art International, Lugano, Switzerland
 
 
COMMISSIONED MURALS & SCULPTURES
 
2013 - Hyatt Regency, Chennai - 23 feet sculpture in welded copper and brass
1999 - Transport Corporation of India - 15 feet sculpture in stainless steel for their corporate headquarters at Gurgaon
1997 - Raymonds, Chennai - 13 feet sculpture in welded copper and brass
1994 - The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai-20 feet sculpture in stainless steel at Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai
1981 - Hotel Taj Chandela, Khajuraho-25 feet mural
1979 - Hotel Sofitel Surya, New Delhi - 20 feet mural in welded and silvered copper
1971 - Hotel Taj Connemara, Chennai - Welded and silver plated copper mural
 
 
NOMINATIONS
 
1989 - Served on the Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship Committee of the British Council to select Indian artists to study in Britain
1992 - Nominated by the Govt. of India to serve on the purchase committee of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
1997 - Served on the jury of the 9th Triennale-India, International Exhibition conducted at New Delhi by the Lalit Kala Akademi
1998 - Nominated by the Govt. of India to serve as an advisor to the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
2001 - Nominated by the Govt. of India to serve as an advisor to the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
2002 - Nominated by the Govt. of India to serve on the purchase committee of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
 
The artist lives and works in Chennai.

 

 
ConCurrenCe at Kochi - December 8 - 16 , 2012
Heart of Sculpture - March 22 - 23 , 2011
ConCurrenCe - January 2 - 4 , 2013
India Art Festival 2011 - November 17 - 20 , 2011
Alay Payudhey - November 23 - 30 , 2013
1 x 1 of a kind - December 6 - 18 , 2014
IAF 2013 - December 19 - 22 , 2013
Interface - February 11 - 12 , 2014
Metaphysical Edge - January 21 - 20 , 2015
PLETHORA OF GODS - October 14 - 14 , 2015
IAF - Delhi 2016 - January 14 - 17 , 2016
IAF - Mumbai 2016 - October 6 - 9 , 2016
SelectedWorks
 
ArtistCV
 
PastExhibitions
 

S. Nandagopal