About The Work
G.R Iranna’s (b. 1970) paintings manifest existential dualities -- nature and human artifice, spirituality and materiality, permanence and transience, and so on – and he emphasizes these by juxtaposing mediums, colours, textures, and forms. ‘Springfield on Ash’ is a good example of the duality that underpins Iranna’s artistic vision. One half of the diptych depicts a cherry tree in full bloom, an image that appears frequently in Iranna’s recent works, against a vivid red background. It is the very manifestation of the vitality and bounty of nature. The other half of the diptych, in contrast, is grey and lifeless. Iranna renders it in ash, a medium he uses as much for its textural qualities as well as for its symbolic connection with death. Taken together, ‘Springfield on Ash’ becomes a visual meditation on the cyclical nature of life – a message of hope.
G. R. Irannawas born in 1970 in Karnataka, India. During his youth, Iranna studied in a Gurukul (asystem of education where thestudent resides with theteacher) and lived in an ashram for almostseven years. This helped to form astrong connection to his culturalroots, which enters his work alongside his exploration oftheantitheses of inherent dualities ofthe world. Iranna endeavors totranslate an internal landscape onto tactile surfaces and aspects of Buddhist art influences are evident. Although he began painting oil oncanvases, Iranna later developed his range of medium,embarking on his now primary use oftarpaulin.He received a BFA from the College of Visual Art, In Gulbarga and a Master`s degree in paintingfrom 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 thesame year, he won the MF Husain and Ram Kumar selection award at In Search of Talent byVadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi. He has also been honored in 1997 with a National Award fromthe Lalit Kala Academy and the AIFACS Award, at the show 50 years of Art in Independent Indiain New Delhi.The artist lives and works in New Delhi, India
Founded in 1989, Gallery Esapce represents a roster of 23 artists and hosts between 10 to 12 exhibitions a year. The gallery’s vision has always remained rooted in the Indian aesthetic and the realities of the subcontinent’s everyday experiences through artistic practices that occupy a range of mediums, materials and languages.
Espace proposes a solo presentation of the recent works of Manjunath Kamath, whose practice draws on Indian mythology, reformulating the phantasmagoric elements of the stories to construct a witty, and very contemporary take on society, the human condition, our petty foibles and the larger issues of gender and sexuality.