Natasha Kumar

Art and India are in Natasha Kumar’s genes. On her English side she comes from a long line of established artists: her Indian heritage she traces back to Kashmir and Afghanistan via stories of partition and lost family gold.

She has made her own name as an artist from the age of 17, when, earning a place by right in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition she found her etchings hanging on the same wall as paintings by her grandfather and uncle. Natasha Kumar began with a first class degree in printmaking at Manchester. She studied printmaking and anatomy in Venice and completed her MA in London in 2000, winning the London Printmaking Prize the same year.

She has a dedicated and growing following of collectors. Her work is represented in private and national collections worldwide. She lives and works in London.

Natasha’s work offers a very genuine feel of India. Her father is Indian, and she often visits for long periods. She loves colour, obviously a very Indian thing in itself.

She is very excited by opposites; writing in advertisements contrasted with the bright colours of fabric, or the lonely cow. Her use of script is very contemporary, and the resulting image, through its clarity and design proclaims itself. It is both atmospheric and compact.

In hand with this delight in oppositions goes a personal conundrum, how to reconcile her Indian side with its passionate love of colour, with her English upbringing, which urges her to draw as correctly as possible, potentially exerting restraint on her feelings. She faces the two remarkably well, cutting out the sentimental and achieving a vital freshness in her work.

I am always struck by how vivid her paintings are, and how evocative are her prints.

Anthony Eyton RA
February 2010

Suboph Gupta, Bharti Kher, Jitish Kallat, Natasha Kumar and Rashid Rana (who was born in Pakistan) are among other names you’ll see performing well in contemporary auctions and on view in upcoming exhibitions. “There’s a whole generation of artists who were born after 1958 who can still be undervalued,” says Yamini Mehta, Christie’s head of modern and contemporary Indian art.

Sallie Bradie

CV and Exhibitions

Born 1976

Education
1999 – 2000 Camberwell College of Arts, M.A. Printmaking
1995 – 99 Manchester Metropolitan University B.A. Hons, Printmaking (First Class)
1997 L’Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Anatomy and Printmaking
1994 – 95 Stockport College, Art Foundation, Printmaking (Distinction)
1983 – 94 Stockport Grammar School

Further training
2014 Islamic pattern and Geometry, London and Granada (Spain)
2010 Aberystwyth School of Art, Waterless Lithography, (Paul Croft)
2005-8 Prince’s Drawing School, Anatomy and Life Drawing and Drawing towards painting
2003 Aberystwyth School of Art, Waterless Lithography, (Paul Croft)
2002 Aberystwyth School of Art, Waterless Lithography, (Paul Croft)
1998 Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk, Stone and Plate Lithography
(Paul Croft)

Teaching
2000 – 2004 Printmaking Tutor, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust – The Mappin Art Gallery and Millennium Galleries. Taught numerous workshops from one to five days in zinc etching, mezzotint, drypoint, lino, woodcut and life drawing with printmaking, with slide talks, gallery tours and facilitated critical discussion among students ranging from children to adults.
2000 – 2003 Camberwell Print Workshop – Set up and resourced a full printmaking studio specializing in intaglio and woodcut, with an Albion and Hunter Penrose press, zinc and steel etching facilities. Taught students from St Martins School of Art, and other interested individuals of all ages.
1997 – 1999 The Sheffield Print Workshop Printmaking Technician- Assisted with courses in intaglio printmaking.

Solo Exhibitions
2015 Royal Geographical Society, London
2014 SOUTHBANK CENTRE, London (15th May-15th October)
2013 Royal Geographical Society, London
2012 Royal Geographical Society, London
2012 For Arts Sake, Ealing
2010 Taj Hotel, London
2010 Asia House, London
2010 Clare Hall College Gallery, Cambridge
2008 Gallery 5, Notting Hill, London
2007 Gallery 5, Notting Hill, London
2003 The Yard Gallery, London
2002 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire
2001 R K Burt Gallery, London
1999 The Gallery, Sheffield

Mixed Exhibitions and Art Fairs
2000 – 2014 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea and Hampstead
2012-2014 Works on Paper Fair
2014
Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair
Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre
Landmark, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
2013
LAPADA, Art and Antiques Fair, London
Asia House Fair, london
Bohun Gallery, Collectors prints
2012
Saatchi Gallery, London, Arts for India
Kings Road Gallery, Barclays Wealth, Lords Cricket
Art in Action, Oxfordshire
Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Asia House
Howard De Walden Prize, Thompsons Gallery London Watercolours and Works on Paper, London
2011
Bankside Gallery, Artichoke Exhibition, London
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
Bite, Mall Galleries, London
Chelsea Art Fair, London
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
Guernsey Art Fair
Childwickbury Arts Fair
2010
Affordable Art Fair, New York
Thompson’s Gallery, Howard De Walden Prize Exhibition
London Art Fair, Islington
2009
Thompson’s Gallery, London
Art 20 / 21 Art Fair, London
Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath
Arts Club, Dover St, London
2005
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
2004
Artexpo, New York,
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
Hicks Gallery, London
House and Garden Fair, London
Dulwich Art Fair, London
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
Russell Gallery, London
2003
Russell Gallery, London
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
The Art on Paper Fair, Royal College Of Art, London
National Print, Mall Galleries, London
Teddington Art Fair, Kingston
2002
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries
Dulwich Festival, London
Battersea Arts Fair, London
2001
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire
2000
M.A. Exhibition, Camberwell College of Arts, London
Royal Institute of Neurology, Queens Square
National Printmaking Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1999
Brent Artists Exhibition, London
National Print Biennial, Whiteley’s, London
The Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
B.A. Hons Exhibition, Manchester Metropolitan University
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Northern Artists, Stockport
National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries
1998
Miniature Print, Hull
The Harley Gallery, Sheffield
Stockport Art Gallery, Foundation Exhibition
Sheffield Print Workshop Exhibition, Sheffield
South Yorkshire Open, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Galleries who represent NK
Kings Road Gallery, London
Scream Editions, London
For Arts Sake Gallery
Bohun Gallery, Henley

Public Commissions

CHILDLINE AND THE BT ARTBOX – JULY 2012
London, Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury
Natasha Kumar was selected to design her very own BT ARTBOX – Rangoli K6

Collections
Private Banks (worldwide)
Howard de Walden Trust
Cambridge University Press
International Institute of Anti-Cancer Research, Athens
EDV Group
Awards
2000 London Print Workshop Printmaking Prize

Commercial Reproduction
Camden Press
Soho Publishing
Chatsworth Publishing

Recent exhibition reviews
2013 London Eye
2012 Asian Art Newspaper
The American
Traveller Magazine
Tennis India
2011 The Telegraph, Calcutta
2010 Clare Hall Cambridge Review
Artists and Illustrators
Gold Bulletin
New York Art and Antiques,
Homes and Gardens
The Times, Art section
Art of England
Khaleeji Times, Dubai,
Exclusive Magazines
The Telegraph, New Delhi
Marylebone Journal
Country Life
The Telegraph, New Delhi
2009 Traveller Magazine Winter issue
2008 Traveller Magazine Spring issue

Other media
TV

2013
Letter Home Pilot showcasing the recent exhibition and BT ARTBOX – Quiddity Productions / to be released India 2013

2010
Interview with Zee TV, about Asia House solo exhibition ‘Blow Horn’ broadcast worldwide.

Interview in ‘Colourful Lives’, sponsored by First Direct, showcasing the original prints of Natasha Kumar, with Affordable Art Fair Founder Will Ramsay talking about the arts scene in Britain

Advisory Committee
2014 Member of the advisory committee for the Works on Paper Fair