Vandana Shourie: contemporary Indian art

Artist Profile

Vandana Shourie

The artist has been painting for the last 15 years. Her paintings have become part of private collections in Muscat, Dubai, India, Hong Kong, New York and California. She graduated from The School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and studied Fine and Applied Arts under eminent artists: Shri O. P. Sharma and Shri Biren De.

She employs a water color technique of short, choppy strokes. Her colors flow spontaneously, with the acrylic paint being mixed directly on the canvas.

Alongside her painting, she teaches Art and Graphics for college students at her alma mater, the School of Planning and Architecture. She further teaches a course in Architectural Design at the University.

Vandana plays the sitar, having studied under Shri Rafat Khan and the late Shri Arvind Parikh, direct disciples of the late Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan, and has performed in Bombay and Pune.

The artist lives and works in Delhi.


Selected Exhibitions and Press

2015Concern India Foundation, Visual Art Gallery, Habitat Center, exhibition in Delhi
2014Concern India Foundation, Visual Art Gallery, Habitat Center, exhibition in Delhi
2013Pratham USA Gala in New York
2012Imagine Art, exhibition in Manchester, Connecticut
2011Concern India Foundation, India Habitat Center, exhibition in Delhi
2010National Museum Riyadh "Reflections, Women in Art" exhibition in Saudi Arabia
2009Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan "Inward Journey" exhibition in New York
e-invite
2008Bait al Zubair Museum "Strokes and Shades" exhibition in Muscat
Oman Tribune
The Week
Times of Oman
Times of Oman
e-invite
Aicon Art Gallery "Middle Edge" exhibition in Paolo Alto
Paolo Alto Online
Judge for Concern India children's art competition in Delhi
Gurgaon Scoop
2007Plan India Utsav by Surina Narula aucton in Mumbai
2006Pratham "October Gala" auctioned paintings for Indian children benefit in New York
2005United Nations Visual Art Center "Promoting Women in Art" exhibition in Delhi
Director General publishes work in Indian Horizons, Summer Issue vol.52 Indian Council of Cultural Relations
2003Golden Sands Art Gallery "Sadhana" exhibition in Dubai
Gulf News
Visual Art Gallery in Habitat Center exhibition in Delhi
Painting Workshop for Spastic Society of India, Delhi
Benefit for Underprivileged Children, United Nations Women's Organization, Delhi
2002e-Paintings Gallery exhibition in Delhi
2000Art Walk exhibition in Delhi
Indian Express
Hindustan Times
Times of India
Punjab Kesari
Femina
First City
1999Nehru Center "Affordable Art" exhibition for C.R.Y. (Child Relief and You) in Mumbai
1998Y. B. Chavan Centre for Arts exhibition in Mumbai

Activities and Affiliations


Sitar

1976 - 1999
  • Studied under Shri Rafat Khan and the Shri Arvind Parikh, direct disciples of the late Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan Sahib.
  • Performances in Mumbai and Pune at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Jury

2015Architectural Graphics. SPA Delhi.
Architectural Design. SPA Delhi.
2014Architectural Graphics. Sharda University, Greater Noida.
2013Architectural Graphics. Sharda University, Greater Noida.
2008Judge for Concern India children's art competition in Delhi.

Charity Auctions

2007Plan India Utsav by Surina Narula aucton in Mumbai.
2006Pratham "October Gala" auctioned paintings for Indian children benefit in New York.
2003Painting Workshop for Spastic Society of India, Delhi.
Benefit for Underprivileged Children, United Nations Women's Organization, Delhi.
1999Nehru Center "Affordable Art" exhibition for C.R.Y. (Child Relief and You) in Mumbai.

Publications

2005ICCR Director General publishes work in Indian Horizons, Summer Issue vol.52 Indian Council of Cultural Relations.

Affiliations

MemberCouncil of Architects of India.
MemberIndo-American Arts Council.

Artist Statement

In the mid seventies while studying Architectural Design and Indian History related to Architecture, a chapter on Vastu Shastra-made a life long impact in her mind.

"All lines drawn for any Architectural building can have either positive or negative impact on the inhabitants."

In India, the science of Vastu Shastra is a living tradition.
It permeates into geometry, drafting, stone sculptures, wood carving and painting.

In the conscience of the Indian People in general -- a Home or Work or Worship Place is of Prime importance--
All three being viewed as the Temple of God... Sacred and Spiritual.
Sacred Architectural forms (as presented in the Vastu Shastra) have the ability to uplift the human consciousness from the mundane reality to the supernatural, as also in ancient Indian Art.

The energy of natural elements (called Panchbhootas) namely Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Space, was harnessed and harmonised for the use and benefit of mankind.

The Square (Earth) is literally the fundamental form of the sacred Architecture on India.
It is considered the essential and perfect form.
It presupposes the circle and results from it.
Expanding energy shapes the circle from the center.It is established in the shape of the square.
The circle and curve belong to Life in its growth and movement.
The Square is the mask of order and discipline---the finality to the expanding life, life's forms and the perfection beyond life and death.
The Line being the shortest distance between two points... the journey of each individual towards the Infinite.

This Basic Ancient Architectural Discipline is what she has being putting on Canvas since over a decade.
The Cavases have taken many a metaphysical idea born with the experiences of life and inner vision.

The colours are primarily an extension of the basic nature of being an Indian--
The stokes are a fallout of a fervent belief in Vedanta Philosophy, Of each second to do the best as an offering to the Lord--
For the future is unseen.