The large-scale abstract paintings on view are inspired by his birthplace Chandigarh, the modernist Indian city designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. At once sensuous and spiritual, these mixed-media pieces reflect his cross-cultural experiences. Several of the works on display were part of a major exhibition at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, India last year.
Puri’s rich tapestries are composed of countless layers of natural pigments, ink, oil, beads and sand. Whether he’s incorporating fingerprints, earth from Chandigarh or henna motifs he remembers from his childhood in the Himalayas, the artist creates works that are deeply autobiographical in nature. For all his references to his own life, however, Puri’s art is not just about mining personal history. Instead he aims to break down labels and notions of identity. What results are paintings with universal resonance that call to mind mysterious aerial maps, distant galaxies and a cosmic otherworldly terrain.
Antonio Puri has exhibited widely across the globe, including at the Noyes Museum of Art and the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, New Jersey; and the Hammond Museum and Queens Museum, New York. Museum collections include the National Art Gallery, Mauritius; the Noyes Museum, New Jersey; the Essl Museum, Austria; and Musée du Château de Montbéliard, France.
Exhibition dates September 22 – October 29
Opening Reception September 22, 7 – 9pm, held during Gillman Barracks Fifth Anniversary Art After Dark event.
Artist Talk September 23, 3pm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
5 Lock Rd
01-05 Gillman Barrracks