1961, MUMBAI, INDIA Nikhil Chaganlal is a self taught artist who, over the years, has developed a unique technique of painting on Masonite. He uses acrylic combined with oil paints and chemical sealants used in the fishing boats industry. He almost always paints at night by candlelight, giving his work a gentle luminosity. The entire process is time consuming – the works are multi-layered, with each layer needing to dry in the sunlight for a day before he can work on it again. Once the layers have reached a significant impasto look and feel, the work is ready to be sealed chemically rendering the work 100% waterproof and scratch resistant to any kind of wear or damage. His works reflect his journey into an inward retreat of a disturbed childhood. His body of work is a painterly autobiography of a suggestive presence of people from his past. Narrations hidden in objects and furniture sometimes reveal emotions of restless sexuality and aspiring spirituality. Chaganlal has had several solo exhibitions in India & abroad. His works are in many important private collections. The artist lives and works in Alibaug.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS :
2010 “Intimate Vistas of the Interior’, Art Musings, Mumbai
2008 The British High Commission’s Residence, Khushii, Delhi
2006 Cymroza Gallery, Concern India Foundation, Breach Candy, Mumbai
2005 Intex Gallery, Al-Diyafa Centre, Dubai
2004 Concern India Foundation, Artist Centre Ador House, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
2003 Ashish Nagpal Gallery, Juhu, Mumbai, India
2002 Ashish Nagpal Gallery, Juhu, Mumbai, India
2001 Ashish Nagpal Gallery, Juhu, Mumbai, India
2000 The Gallery Art Resource Trust, Tulsiani Chambers, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India
1998 The Classic Source Gallery, Chowpatty seaface, Mumbai, India
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS :
2008 Oberoi Art Camp
2008 Samsara Art – at Taj Lands End, Bandra, Mumbai
2008 Art For Concern, The Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.
2008 Art Expo India, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.
2007 Art For Concern, The Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.
2007 India on Canvas, Khushii, The Royal Western India Turf Club, Mumbai.
2006 Organic Art Gallery, Sitges, Spain 15th August
2006 Art for Water for Life, June, at Cymroza Art Gallery, Breach Candy, Mumbai.
2006 Art For Concern Auction, 9th March conducted by “CHRISTIES” The Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.
2006 Harmony Art Show, Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai.
2005 Art For Concern, The Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.
2005 Associated Capsules World Wide Gallery Art Resource Trust, Mumbai
2004 Concern India Foundation Auction (Art For Concern) at The Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.
2003 Art For Hearts Sake, Auction conducted by Bowrings, 16th April Mumbai.
2003 Osians Auction for Indian Modern and Contemporary Paintings 27th November Mumbai
2002 Jehangir Art Gallery, Photo Exhibition 15th 17th December
2000 Gallerie D’Art, Grand Baie, Mauritius
2000 Exhibited and Sold on June 8th 2000 Indian Miniature The Travel Show India and The Far East Modern Contemporary South Asian Paintings Auction, Held at the “Sothebys” Auction House, London.
2000 Art Folio Space, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
2000 NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art), Mumbai, Organized by the Arts Trust, 14th March.