Yusuf Contemporary Art Gallery Launches in London
Curator Khozema Patanwala forecasts prosperity through appreciation of real Asian artists
September 23, 2010, Press Dispensary. A new art gallery named Yusuf Contemporary ( http://www.yusuf-contemporary-art.co.uk ) is opening in Colindale, North London, to showcase the heartfelt works of Indian, contemporary artists. The gallery will launch with its first exhibition, aptly named ‘Birth’, in October 2010. The exhibition will be open to the public from 9 October, 2010, while a private viewing will take place on 8 October from 5pm to 9pm by invitation.
The Yusuf Contemporary gallery will present genuine Indian contemporary art by young and established artists from India and the sub continent. The gallery is named after two Yusufs who are significant to its founders: the son of curator, Khozema Patanwala, and the grandfather of his business partner, Firdaus Nagree. The inside cover of a book to promote the gallery will depict the dates of birth for its two namesakes: 21 July, 2009 and 21 May, 1921.
‘Birth: Paintings by Visionary Contemporary Indian Artists’ will feature a diverse selection of works that showcase Indian contemporary art at its best. Exhibiting artists include: Jaideep Mehrotra, Suresh Sharma, Tirthankar Biswas, Manohar Chiluveru, Shailesh Patel, Surendra Dhumal, Zahoor Ahmed, K. Parmar, Sarang Fadnis, Rohit Patel, Brijesh Upadhyay, Usha Pathak, Sheila Malhotra, Radha Binod Sharma, Samar Singh Thakur and Sumitava Maity.
Through their artworks, each artist expresses their personal responses to reality, conflict, myth, culture and identity. Spiritual approaches coincide with more cynical takes on growing materialism as the artists combine social concern with a celebratory appreciation of Indian mythology and devotion. Tradition and modernity collide to produce works of intensely subjective originality.
Thakur's preoccupation with the female form in abstract, metaphysical environments raises the question of women's role in Indian society and the stereotypes surrounding them. Sarang Fadnis explores organic and expressive patterns using vibrant colours inspired by botanical, natural forms. An exploration into the pure, abstract realm of form, space and colour characterises the paintings of Suresh Sharma. Luminous areas of colour within architectonic geometric structures infuse the works with a vitality that transcends subject matter. The figures in Biswas's paintings are fleeting and monumental. They seem to emerge from the sea in states of transfiguration like private deities from the artist's imagination. Chiluveru's abstract works combine with figurative elements to reflect man's conflict with the self and his environment, depicting gestural energies in imaginary, exotic landscapes inspired by his native. The thrust of Usha Pathak’s brush strokes is strong, bold and passionate. Her ability to achieve a rhythmic movement in the painting creates a “mysterious affinity” in her work of art, which moves the minds and hearts of spectators.
The exhibition conveys a strong sense of nostalgia and isolation as a result of urbanisation eroding the natural beauty and cultural traditions of the cities in which the artists live. They work between worlds – the world of mythology and that of current advancing technologies.
Khozema Patanwala comments: “As demonstrated by our ‘Birth’ exhibition, Yusuf Contemporary will support artists who embrace the rich Indian culture and heritage and bring it out in their work - whether through the mediums of paint, sculpture, multimedia or digital art. We aim to bring more Indian artists to the international scene.”
He adds: “Tremendous potential currently exists in Indian art as an investment. One of my uncles told me ‘art is the tail of prosperity’ and his quote has stuck with me ever since. With India set to become a super power, art will follow suit. However, the issues I see are transparency and fake works floating in the market which serve to lower demand for Indian art for the foreign buyers. 90% of the buyers for indian art are Indians. I would like to see more international collectors taking a keen interest in Indian art as there is tremendous talent and potential in Indian artists.
“We’re currently showcasing young, Indian, contemporary artists whose works I’ve personally selected by visiting India and attending exhibitions there. We aim to maintain completely transparent relationships with our artists, collectors and clients and we’ll only deal with truly original works.”
Khozema points out that several art investment funds are betting on next-generation Indian artists and that the return on investment on some Indian artwork has, in some cases, reached 2,000% since 2005. Meanwhile, the Indian art market is currently the fourth most buoyant art market in the world. Indian artists who have seen the prices of their works spiral during the last half decade include Subodh Gupta, F.N. Souza, M. F. Hussain, S. H. Raza, Krishnamachari Bose, Shailesh Patel and many more.
For invitations to the private view, please contact Khozema Patanwala at the numbers below.
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Notes for editors
Khozema Patanwala, a 29-year-old entrepreneur, is an authority on Indian art and is experienced at raising the profile of artists. Born and raised in Mumbai, Khozema has a long-standing affinity with the beauty and culture of India. He originally came from a finance background - he holds a BA Accounts and Finance and a MBA in Finance – and has been in the art business since 2003. Khozema was responsible for setting up the Shades & Wood gallery in Kensington during 2006, where he curated popular exhibitions that introduced emergent Indian artists to the London scene together with masters of Indian Art.
Firdaus Nagree has diverse experience in business consultancy, property development, furniture retail, banqueting, product distribution and online marketing. He is responsible for the marketing side of Yusuf Contemporary.
The resulting gallery champions the cause of true artists and will hold 10 individual exhibitions annually. It will predominantly show works by Asian and, particularly, Indian artists as well as facilitating sales for private clients and collectors.
For further information, please contact:
Tel: + 44 208 2057711 / + 44 7863 382118
Site: www.yusuf-contemporary-art.co.uk http://pdpr.uk/en92809/london-launch-for-yusuf-contemporary-art-gallery.html
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Indian contemporary artist, Shailesh Patel, Beyond nature and identity
Indian contemporary artist, Shailesh Patel, Memory in line series
Indian contemporary artist, Sumitava Maity, Black hole
Indian contemporary artist, Sumitava Maity, Crush
Indian contemporary artist, Sumitava Maity, Dancing
Indian contemporary artist, Sumitava Maity, Global warming
Indian contemporary artist, Sumitava Maity, Miracle of universe
Indian contemporary artist, Sumitava Maity, Narad
Indian contemporary artist, Tirthankar Biswas, Beyond his year
Indian contemporary artist, Tirthankar Biswas, Lost
Indian contemporary artist, Tirthankar Biswas, Palm leaf bugl
Indian contemporary artist, Tirthankar Biswas, Shamba the bull
Indian contemporary artist, Tirthankar Biswas, The migrant
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