Fawad Tamkanat, from Hyderabad participated with his slightly older works. One in which he is exploring the raging intrusion of technology in today’s times. How digital images are influencing images, imagery and the traditional medium of painting. Portraying everyday activities like the work titled ‘Cafe House’ or exploring more serious concerns in his painting ‘Soldier’.
Style : To say that Fawad Tamkanat`s work is narrative is a gross understatement. Throughout his career as an artist, he has strived to develop and then perfect a visual vocabulary that he can use to communicate with his viewers. And this language, that he uses to take on peoples` minds, has nothing to do with society, religion or politics, but, quite blatantly, is all about his own personal fixations. Fixations that include those with time, and one`s place in the general scheme of things. Fawad was born in Hyderabad in 1962, to a family that already had artistic inclinations running through its veins. His father was the famous Urdu poet, Shaz Tamkanat.
Early in his career, Fawad was invited to participate in an installation workshop in Denmark where he also worked for a few months in the printmaking studios with renowned printmakers. He became very taken up with printmaking, and launched his professional exhibitions showing only monochromatic prints. Now Tamkanat experiments with several different media and surfaces, diversifying to include those like watercolours, acrylic, etching drypoint and tarpaulin in his oeuvre. Fawad has held twelve solo shows in India and abroad to his credit, and has participated in state, national and international exhibitions and group shows at major art centres.
About the Artist & his work :
Born : 1962
Master of Fine Arts(Painting), S.N.S. Central University of Hyderabad
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University(JNTU) College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad
B.Com, Osmania University.
Selected Solo Exhibitions :
2012-13 : Jamaat, Mumbai
2003 : Gallery Dengule Guard, Denmark
2001 : Kirsten Kjaer Museum, Denmark ; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi & Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2000 : Gallery Pialeh Copenhagen, Denmark ; Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai & Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi
1999 : Bredsten, Denmark ; Copenhagen, Denmark ; Vingsted Centre Gallery, Denmark ; Cobra Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark ; Graphic prints, New Delhi & Minaz Art gallery, Hyderabad
1996 : Vingsted Centre Gallery, Denmark ; Minaz Art gallery, Hyderabad & Hyderabad ICRISET Club
1995 : ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi
1993 : Gallery Escape, New Delhi
Selected Group Exhibitions :
2009 : ‘Entity’, in association with Asian Academy of Film & Television at M.E.C. Art Gallery, New Delhi & Gallery Space, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
2008 : ‘Stellar Configuration’, presented by Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai & ‘Urban Landscapes’, Galleria, New Delhi
2007 : ‘First Person Narrative’, Hasta Gallery, Hyderabad & ‘Rising Of The Phoneix: A Tribute To Livelihood’, Hasta Gallery, Hyderabad
2005 : ‘Collective Spaces 05 ‘,M.E.C. Art Gallery New Delhi.
2004 : Hvidovre Radhus, Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Denmark & Aaskov Kommune’s Kunstforening, Aaskov, Jutland.
2003 : ‘Homage To Bhupen Khakhar’, M.E.C. Art Gallery New Delhi ; DHL World Wide Express Gallery, Denmark ; Kunstforening Detny Kastet Thisted, Denmark ; Teko Centre Gallery, Denmark ; Pakhuset Gallery, Denmark ; Esbjerg Museum (Musikhuset), Denmark ; Kunstbrenderiet, Vejle, Denmark & ‘Crosscurrent’ (Indian Danish Painters Meet), New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai
2002 : ‘Moods’ (Indian Danish painters), Denmark & ‘Tradition to Modernity Fulda’, Germany
2000 : ‘Rooprekha’, Drawing Show, Hyderabad & ‘Edge of the Century’, New Delhi
1999, 2000 & 01 : Harmony Show, Mumbai
1999 : ‘Four Indian Artists’, Curated by Muller and Plate, Munich, Germany ; ‘Black and White’, Drawings and Prints, Hyderabad & Genesis Alliance Francaise, Goa
1998 : Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai
1996 : ‘Women in India Art’, Curated by Apparao Gallery – Singapore, Hong Kong and New York
1994 : ‘Indian Encounter’, Curated by Apparao Gallery, New York
1993 : Direction I the Gallery, Chennai
1992 : Gallery Escape, New Delhi
1990 : Maxmuller Bhavan, Hyderabad
Honours & Awards :
1990 : University Gold Medal, Master of Fine Arts(Painting), S.N.S. Central University of Hyderabad
1986 : University Gold Medal, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University(JNTU) College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad
Recipient of Cultural Scholarship (Ministry of Human resources).