In this podcast series we speak to some of the artists we work with, as well as collectors, curators and interesting figures in the industry. We will also publish a sort of audio guide for some of our exhibitions, where the works are talked about in greater detail.
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Olivia Fraser is a contemporary British artist, who for the last 30 years has lived in India. Olivia has immersed herself in Indian culture, seeking not just to paint Indian scenes, but to fully understand and appreciate the myriad of ways of seeing in this vast country, creating a hybrid aesthetic of East and West. In 2005 she studied traditional miniature painting in Jaipur, which transformed the way she worked and looked at the world around her.
In this episode we talk about her inspirations, as well as the lasting impression the work of her ancestor, James Bailley Fraser, has left on her. Olivia shares the range of sources she draws on in her work, and also ‘decodes’ one of her paintings for us, helping to reveal its secrets.
In 2019 Harper Collins published a book on her work, titled ‘A Journey Within’. This features nearly all the works painted by Olivia in the last thirty years. Copies of this are available from the gallery.
An exhibition of Olivia’s paintings will take place at Grosvenor Gallery in August 2020. Please check our website, or email email@example.com to receive details.
In this episode we speak to the internationally renowned artist Faiza Butt. We discuss the influences behind her stunningly detailed works, as well as issues that have been thrown up by the Coronavirus crisis. We talk about her ceramic work, a medium Faiza has a strong affiliation with, as well as the techniques used in her paintings, and how her experiences at the Slade School of Fine Art changed her practice. We also discuss how life in London and the experiences of her children, bleed into her work.
Faiza also decodes the visuals used in her new works, which are partly based on childhood memories of bucolic gardens and fruit farms in Pakistan. These works are on display at Grosvenor Gallery as part of 'Form & Figure: Bodies of Art' from 11 - 26 June 2020, and can also be seen on our website.
British painter Elisabeth Deane's love of Indian miniature painting was born from a trip to Shantiniketan in West Bengal in 2011. Inspired by the work of polymath Rabindranath Tagore, she went on to study under Rajasthani masters, and later at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London. Her work is a mix of rigid geometry and flowing figurative work, drawing from sources as varied as Persian and Indian miniatures and folklore to Islamic geometry. Her first solo-show, 'Rhythmic Measures', was held at Grosvenor Gallery in December 2019.
Wardha Shabbir is a visual artist based in Lahore, Pakistan. A graduate of the National College of Art in Lahore, Wardha employs traditional miniature painting techniques, producing paintings and sculpture in a style she describes as 'Organic Geometry'.
In October 2019 we held her first UK solo-show at the gallery, 'In A Free State', and recently displayed new work by her in our exhibition 'Aspects of Geometry'. Images of the installation at the Jameel Art Centre, Dubai, can been seen by following the link.
In this episode we speak about how she started her career, her experiences with the 2018 Jameel Prize, and how becoming a mother has changed her practice - amongst other things..!