About The Work
Iranna’s work continues his exploration of the constant struggle between the organic forces inherent in nature - and humanity as part of nature - and mankind’s attempts to temper and direct these vital forces in both the physical world and within ourselves through social constructs and systems of indoctrination. Whether through the taming, reorganization, and exploitation of our natural environment, or the subordination of the individual will to political or religious superstructures, Iranna sees this constant human need to dominate and suppress as the root source of much of the environmental chaos and socio-political instability that proliferates today.
G. R. Irannawas born in 1970 in Karnataka, India. During his youth, Iranna studied in a Gurukul (asystem of education where the student resides with the teacher) and lived in an ashram for almost seven years. This helped to form a strong connection to his cultural roots, which enters his work alongside his exploration of the antitheses of inherent dualities of the world. Iranna endeavors to translate an internal landscape onto tactile surfaces and aspects of Buddhist art influences are evident. Although he began painting oil on canvases, Iranna later developed his range of medium, embarking on his now primary use of tarpaulin. He received a BFA from the College of Visual Art, In Gulbarga and a Master`s degree in painting from the College of Art, New Delhi. Between 1999 and 2000 he was an artist-in-residence at Wimbledon School of Art, London. He has held more than 20 solo exhibitions in India, New York,London, Germany and beyond. Recently, he has participated in both the 2014 and 2016 Kochi Muziris Biennales. In 2019, he was in the prestigious 58th Venice Biennale. His awards include those at the All India Exhibition in Mysore and the College of Visual Art, New Delhi in 1992-92, the Bansi Parmimu Memorial Committee, New Delhi and the Delhi College of Art in 1993. In the same year, he won the MF Husain and Ram Kumar selection award at In Search of Talent by Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi. He has also been honored in 1997 with a National Award from the Lalit Kala Academy and the AIFACS Award, at the show 50 years of Art in Independent Indian New Delhi.The artist lives and works in New Delhi, India.
Aicon Contemporary is an offshoot of Aicon Gallery, which for 20 years has shown non-western modern and contemporary art in New York. It was founded to focus on cutting-edge art. We represent artists like G. R. Iranna, currently showing in the 58thVenice Biennale, Adeela Suleman, Abdullah Syed, Abir Karmakar, S. N. Sujith, Debanjan Roy, P.D. Pulak, and others. We have placed works in the British Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Art Institute of Chicago, Peabody Essex, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, among others. We participate in fairs like the Armory Show, Frieze, Art Basel HK, Abu Dhabi Art, Art Dubai, and the India Art Fair. Aicon forms a critical bridge between the east and west.