The H K Kejriwal- Young Artists Award 2008 in collaboration with the Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore has been awarded to four young artists from Shantiniketan, Baroda, Kerala and Bangalore.
The jury consisted of art philanthropher, H K Kejriwal (Founder, HK Kejriwal Foundation), National award winning artist- S. Gopinath and artist Babu Eshwar Prasad. The four awardees were chosen from over 350 applications received from across India.
The award winners for 2008 are: Shivananda Basavanthappa, Ratheesh Vincent, Pradip Kumar Patra & Bhaskar Vadla.
The awards will be presented by Mr. HK Kejriwal at Mahua Art Gallery on 17th July 2009.
The exhibition with the winning artworks will be on till 31st July 2009.
About the award winning artists:
Ratheesh Vincent VP (b.April 1982; Kerala) completed his BFA (Painting) from College of Fine Arts, University of Kerala.
His works are conceptual and brings out the internal conflicts and confusions faced in the social and political milieu of the present times. The emergence of a new global culture brings with it an interaction which is that of confusion and psychological insecurity as one steps out from their cultural zones to embrace the global one.
Shivananda Basavanthappa (b.June 1975; Bangalore) completed his MFA (Painting) from Chitra Kala Parishath, Bangalore.
He explores the hypocrisy and commercialization of the human mind in their social structures. Issues of environment, religious hypocrisy, acquiring obsessions, materialism are illustrated in his detailed and intricately created works.
Pradip Kumar Patra (b.Jan 1980; Madinipore, West Bengal) completed his MFA (Sculpture) from Shantiniketan.
Pradip experiments with fiberglass, wood and other textured materials to create his sculptures in vibrant colours. The mood of figures and character, their dreams and environment of his objects are sculpted, sensitively defined to express the subject, the environment and experience their intents.
Pradip has been awarded the Research Scholarship Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, Rajaram Scholarship (Karnataka Govt.). He has been awarded the annual exhibition award (Midnapore Art College 2002, 2003) and the Avantika Award (2003, 2004)
His works have been exhibited in Tamarind Art Gallery, (New York) and in group shows in galleries in Kolkatta, Midnapore, Tathyakendra and Bhopal
Bhaskar Vadla (b. Dec 1982, Hyderabad): Pursuing MFA (Printmaking) Baroda, BFA (JNT University, Hyderabad).
Bhaskar's paintings are miniature in size and detailed in execution in which the artist explores the dynamics of mechanization in the rural and urban environment. His works capture the visual statement of how mechanization has become part of the social structure of convenience and growth and is omnipresent.
Also on display are paintings and sculptures by Young Artists Award winners of previous years. The artists are - Gopinath S (2005), Preeti Agarwal (2005), Elanchezhiyan P (2006), Shashwati Sarkar (2006), Piyali Ghosh (2006), Venugopal V G (2007).