Dubai to Mumbai (Vehicle for Seven Seas) | New York, Rockefeller Plaza | cast aluminum and bronze | 90.5 x 100 x 90 cm.
“Gupta is seen as the enfant terrible of the Indian art scene, a Damien Hirst of New Delhi.”
Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian
Perhaps India’s most widely recognized contemporary artist, Subodh Gupta finds tension and irony in the mundane, from cow excrement to his signature stainless steel cooking implements. Like Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, or any number from the Young British Artists generation, his methods and concepts are emphatically post-Warholian, post-Duchamp: His paintings marry Pop and Photorealist sensibilities with Surrealist touches; his sculptures use readymade objects. They are slick, reflective, keeping the viewer at a safe distance while highlighting the sensuous splendor of the most banal objects and materials from Indian culture.
Still, for all its referencing of the Indian experience, Gupta’s work resists easy interpretation and the “otherness” label imposed by the West on so much Indian art. “I am making art, not branding India,” he says. “I make very contemporary artworks. My work emerges from the mundane, from my surroundings."
Gupta has had solo exhibitions with some of the most prestigious galleries in the world, including Hauser & Wirth, The Saatchi Gallery and Jack Shainman Gallery. His work has been included in important international biennales and museum shows around the world. Along the way, he has received numerous grants and awards, including the UNESCO-ASHBERG Bursaries for Artists, the Bose Pacia Emerging Artist Award, in New York, a visiting professorship at L’Ecole des Beaux-arts, in Paris, and the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2013. In 2005 he participated in the Venice Biennale and was shortlisted for the Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Prize.
Born in Khagaul, in Bihar, India, Gupta completed his BFA in painting at College of Arts and Crafts, Patna, in India. Today he lives and works in New Delhi with his wife, fellow internationally-recognized conceptual artist, Bharti Kher.