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  • Farhad Hussain
    Born :1975, Jamshedpur
    Education :
    2003-05 Master of Fine Arts (Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
    1998-2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Kala Bhavana, Visva – Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal
    1996 Bachelor of Science, Calcutta University, Kolkata
    Exhibitions :
    2013 'A Tale to Tell', India Art Selected Solo Exhibitions 2013 'A Tale to Tell', India Art Fair; Creativity Art Gallery, New Delhi 2009 Presented by Pundole Art Gallery at Museum Gallery, Mumbai 2008 ‘After the Theatre of Absurdity’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2006 Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara 2006 ‘Recent Paintings’, organized by Chatterjee and Lal at Jehangir Nicholsan Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai Selected Group Exhibitions 2013 'Edge of Reason- and beyond, into pure creativity', presented by Indian Art Circle at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2011 'Between Seasons', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai 2011 Gallery Sumukha, Chennai 2011 'Melange', The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata 2011 'At Walden Pond', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai 2011 'The Narrator, Protagonist and the Other', Indigo Blue Art, Singapore 2011 'New Documents: New Directions in Documentary Photography', presented by Art Konsult at Alliance Francaise de Delhi 2010 'Holy Now', presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi at Gallery 27, London 2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai 2010 'Snow', The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi in collaboration with Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010 'Pun Intended', Gallery Ragini, New Delhi 2010 'Symbols and Metaphors', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2009 'Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image', Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore 2009 'The Urbane Records', The Viewing Room, Mumbai 2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'With the Best Intentions', presented by Anant Art at Shridharni Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'Zip Files', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 2009 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai 2008-09 'Gool Bee', Artholics Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'Review', Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2008 'Baroda: A Tale of Two Cities', (Part II), Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara 2007 ‘Urban Similes: Transforming the Cities’, Project 88, Mumbai 2006 ‘Concern’, The Charity Auction Exhibition, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore 2006 Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and Hong Kong 2006 Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata 2006 Art Konsult, New Delhi 2006 Art World, Chennai and Singapore 2006 ‘New Paradigms’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi 2006 ‘Baroda’s Most Wanted’, The Artist’s Studio, Vadodara 2005 Art Resource Trust, Mumbai 2005 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 2004 Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara 2004 Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda 2004 Camlin Exhibition, Mumbai 2002 Charukala Utsav, Kolkata 1998,99 Oriental Art Exhibition, Kolkata 1989-92 Shanker Center National Art Exhibition Joint Exhibitions 2008 'Candid Complexities', with Vibha Galhotra at Indigo Blue Art, Singapore
    Participations :
    2013-14 'Transition', 20th Anniversary Show, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata 2011 'Take 2', Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi 2007-08 'From Everyday To The Imagined: Modern Indian Art', Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and at Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul 2007 ART Singapore 2007, represented by Indigo Blue Art, Singapore 2006 ‘Harvest 2006', Indian Contemporary Art, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2006 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai 2005 47th National Exhibition, New Delhi 2005,02,01,2000,1998 All India Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata 2002 Annual Exhibition, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi 1998,2000,02 State Academy Annual Exhibition, Kolkata 1998 Annual Exhibition, Indian Art College
    Honours and Awards :
    2006 ‘Most Promising Artist’, Runner up, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2004 Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda 1998 Best Water Color, Indian Art College Art Exhibition

    Brimming with confidence, Farhad Hussain’s paintings are a mélange of vibrant colours. A 2003 graduate from Shantiniketan, Hussain went on to complete his postgraduate diploma from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 2005. Farhad’s bases his works on the realities of human relationships and their subtle complexities. While his earlier works were less complex the seed of his current work was sown then. Farhad adds, “In my earlier works, I used to work on images that came from my day to day visual experience. But these images were always present with a touch of humour and sarcasm.” Farhad’s paintings dwell on the human figure. His works are narrative with each figure interrelated to the other. Though, on a quick glance, one may feel awestruck by their presence, each figure is an integral part of the work. Each having a personality, which nurtures the narrative In terms of structure and concepts these recent works deal with more thought provocative intricacies. The underlying sublimity of humor and irony betray the true experience of the artist. Vibrant colours and bright backdrops are a trademark of the artist. These bright colours remain flat with minute textile patterning for detailing in all his paintings. Farhad has chosen to use tempera on cloth for his works, the media allowing him to achieve the desired vibrancy of colours. A slow build-up of images and spontaneous flow of colour while balancing colour and composition simultaneously follow structured formatting. This meticulous planning in the composition and layout is the beginning of a process from where onwards it is very spontaneous and intuitive. Another technique used through out Farhad’s work is the method of applying colour: dot-by-dot till the entire area is completely covered. Various elements from miniature paintings, Kalighat paintings, Japanese prints and images from mass media are scrutinized, transformed and transferred on to the surface through the artists own style of expression. Having realized and recognized his own style, the artist is continuously striving to evolve his work, trying to take it to a higher aesthetic level. There is a conscious bid to make his presence felt through his artwork. The artist was the 2004 recipient of the Nasreen Mohamedi scholarship. The Indian Art College Art Exhibition has also awarded him the prize for best watercolour in 1998. Farhad has participated in several group shows in Baroda, Mumbai and Kolkata.
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