Pushpamala N (b. 1956)
Pushpamala attended Bangalore University in 1976-77, studied Sculpture at the
Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, and completed her Bachelors and then
her Masters degree in 1985.
The artist is known for incorporating popular culture into her work. She has
adopted various popular personas and ironic roles to examine issues of gender,
place and history. The comic aspect of her work carries a particularly sharp edge
in her photo-based installations and projections.
Her major solo shows recently have been Motherland, live performance in
collaboration with Mamta Sagar, Samuha Artist Collective, Bengaluru, 2010; Paris
Autumn, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai; Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, USA
and Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2008-2009; Pushpamala N, photo-performance
work, Nature Morte and Bose Pacia, Milan; Paris Autumn, Galerie Zurcher, Paris,
2006, and Walsh Gallery, Chicago, 2003, among others.
Her international exhibitions include: ‘Seven Young Sculptors’ Rabindra Bhavan,
New Delhi (1985); ‘Timeless Art’, Times of India (V.T.Station, Mumbai); ‘100 Years
of NGMA’ National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (1995); ‘Telling Tales’ Bath
Festival Trust, traveling exhibition, England (1997); The Empire Strikes Back: Indian
Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010; Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art,
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2009.
Pushpamala has received many honors, including the National Award (1984); gold
medal at the Sixth New Delhi Triennale (1986); Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship
for residency at St. Martin’s School of Art, London (1992-93); the Senior Fellowship,
Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (1995-97). She lives and works
in Bangalore.

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