Having trained as a Picchvai and miniature painter, in Jaipur, Rajasthan for over 15 years, this recent work is a return to contemporary imagery. Desmond was born in the UK (Leeds) but has lived much of his adult life in India. For much of this time he worked as Picchvai and miniaturist so his work is rooted in traditional language along with its methods, materials and symbolism.Read More
In these new works as he continues to employ traditional techniques in a craftsman like manner through the stringent preparation of all materials: cloth, paper, brushes and pigment colours. These materials are an integral part of the process of painting. Through this change however, the imagery, the context and meaning inevitably shift. The Picchvai scale continues although the iconography moves from the sacred to the secular; rusting cars, shards of modern life - modernity itself is animated, suspended in the miniature format. The personal narrative shuffles miniature paintings of the Moghul period - those psychological portraits of people and animals - to memories of the industrial urban landscape of his childhood. In both, the often-discarded moments, people and places, ordinary and everyday things, become elevated and transmuted.
This edition of KMB maintains its artist-led approach, entrusting visitors to explore art for themselves and to get lost in a multiplicity of ideas.Read More Related Press First list of participating artists released for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 10 May 2016, Artforum
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale has revealed the first list of artists who will be part of its upcoming edition. Curated by Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, the festival’s third iteration will feature a main exhibition alongside a program of lectures, seminars, workshops, film screenings, and music. Additional exhibitors will be unveiled in the...Read More Related Press Desmond Lazaro at Chemould Prescott Road 5 April 2016, Live mint
At first glance, Desmond Lazaro’s solo show, which began on 11 March at the Chemould Prescott Road gallery in Mumbai, is an exploration of portions of his family’s past. The works include a video interview with his mother, Joyce; a record of his great-grandfather’s baptism certificate dated 1855, discovered at a church in Madras...Read More