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Pritam Bhatty

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Sir J. J. School of Fine Art, 1982, Dip. in Fine Art

Representing galleries

digital, photography, mixed-media


Time Passages 2011-2013

Digital prints on canvas with embroidery, acrylic paint, image transfers.

This series of work is based on my great-grandfather’s diary dating back to 1897. It records their life in the then remote district of Pithoragarh in north India. 

Over a hundred years old the pages are yellow and brittle, the photographs, torn and damaged are faded sepia. The diary is extremely rich visually by itself. I wanted to use this in my work but to use it and to play around with it as random found images was not possible.

The family connections were too strong. This posed both a problem and a challenge. It was easy to fall into a nostalgic trap and stay focused on the quaint and the charming.  

I began to explore the idea of family and memory; of diaries and photo albums as receptacles of memories and family history. I realised it is close to impossible to share and experience the memories captured in them in the same way as the creator intended  and therefore my looking at them was entirely subjective. My gaze was in a sense giving them a new life and significance. I was layering them with my own perception and memory of family history and events in time. The idea of layering of memory and time opened up interesting possibilities of how I could use the material in my work. 

I photographed the diary and its contents and made digital collages. Images of my own water colour paintings, and image transfers of family members, are ‘stitched’ together using embroidery to form a composite whole. 

To me the idea of a needle piercing the surface and holding all the elements together is symbolic of keeping memories, emotional connections and the layering of time. Floral patterns recur often, as a child they are the most vivid recollection I have of clothes, upholstery and curtains in my grandfather’s house.

In the smaller works, ‘Bloodlines’ I zoomed in to photographs of children, these seem in contrast to the adults refreshingly candid and far more animated. It seemed appropriate to combine them with my water colour “Bones in the Mincer”.


1982 Diploma in Fine Art from Sir J.J School of Fine Art, Bombay.

Solo exhibition of drawings and paintings at Art Heritage Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi 1991
Solo exhibition of drawings and paintings at Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay. 1993
Participated in a joint show of drawings and paintings with Alka Sanadi Tyagi, at Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay 1993
Participated in traveling show of Indian artists organized by SAHMAT (Safdar Hashmi Artists Trust) New Delhi. 1996
Solo exhibition of drawings and paintings at Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay. 1997
Participated in a women artists group show of paintings and sculpture to commemorate 50 years of Indian independence 1947-97, 1998
Participated in a group exhibition of oil and water colour paintings of contemporary Indian artists, Dubai 2000
Participated in a group show of etchings at Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay. 2004
Participated in Women by women group show. ICCR New Delhi 2004
Women artists on Amrita Shergil, Tashkent and Moscow 2004
Women on Women at the Bangalore International Art Festival 2004
Mind of a Woman, group show at Art Chamber, Galeria de belas Artes, Goa 2005
Group show, South Africa, organised by ICCR New Delhi 2006 March
Solo show at Gallery Beyond, Mumbai 2006 May
Group show Summer Rites, Gallery Beyond and Dusk, Mumbai 2006 June
Participated in group show Water for Life, Cymroza Art Gallery Mumbai 2006 July
Attended Artists Camp at Oberoi, Mumbai 
2006 July Participated in Group show for Cancer Patients Aids Association, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 August Group show at Lalit Kala Gallery and Art Konsult, New Delhi
2006 October 35th anniversary group show at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 New Delhi, Group Show 

2009 Group Show, Goa  

2010 The Royal Orchid Art Camp, Bangalore

2011 Walden Art Camp, Kochi

2011 Oberoi Art Camp, Mumbai

2011 Mumbai Art Summit

2012 Gallery Beyond, Mumbai Group show

2012 India Art Fair

2012 The Small Canvas, Group show, Apparao Galleries, Chennai

2012 Palimsest Portraits, Group show, Religare, New Delhi

2012 "Concrescence" Group show, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi

2012 India Art Festival, Mumbai

2013 "Integrated Inception" Group Show, Art Konsult, New Delhi

2013 'Time Passages', solo show Gallery Beyond, Mumba

Recent Exhibits

Pritam Bhatty participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2016 Melting Pot
The Nehru Centre
Jun, 2013 Anniversary Show Gallery Beyond
Jehangir Art Gallery
Oct, 2012 The Palimpsest Portraits
Religare Arts
Gallery Beyond
Gallery Beyond
Nov, 2008 ‘Plethora’
Gallery Beyond
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