Natasha Kumar, an established British-Indian artist, unveils her GREAT INDIA: Kumar @ Kingly Court Collection.
The show – 21 works on paper- will run from the 12th April to Nov 2016 at CINNAMON SOHO in the heart of Kingly Court.
Art and India are in Kumar’s genes. On her mother’s English side she comes from a line of established artists: her father’s Indian heritage she traces back to Kashmir and Afghanistan via stories of partition and lost family gold. She has made her own name as an artist from the age of 17, when, earning a place by right in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition she found her etchings hanging on the same wall as paintings by her grandfather and uncle. Kumar began with a first class degree in printmaking at Manchester. She studied printmaking and anatomy in the Venice Accademia and completed her MA in printmaking in Camberwell in London in 2000, winning the London Printmaking Prize the same year.
The works of GREAT INDIA take us from city to village, soaking up the bold design and colours of street art, to cut through our preconceived notions of picturesque India. Iconic images are given a sharp, acutely observed, contemporary twist. To paraphrase John O’Farrell, author and broadcaster,
Natasha Kumar’s work captures the collision between Indian tradition and modern Indian consumerism.