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in 1971 in West Bengal, Mithu Sen obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees in painting from Kala Bhavan at Santiniketan, and later,
completed a postgraduate program at the Glasgow School of Art in the
United Kingdom on the prestigious Charles Wallace India Trust Award for
2000-2001. An enthusiastic traveler, Sen has explored several countries
and many of her works have evolved from her travels and experiences.
In her works, Mithu Sen contrasts scale, subject and even genre to give
life to her remarkable imagination. Installations and paintings are an
important part of Sen’s oeuvre. She works spontaneously in both genres –
one mark or symbol leading to another, with no preconceived narrative
or definitive meaning ; put down in the style of free association, they
consist of a peculiar collection of motifs that playfully subvert
commonly held beliefs about femininity and sexuality. Juxtaposing
intricate and large forms, conflating animals, humans and inanimate
objects, and combining drawing, painting and collage, Sen’s works
provoke both humour and serious consideration on the part of the viewer.
Having participated in numerous shows worldwide, Sen’s most recent solo
endeavours include 'I Dig, I Look Down' at Albion Gallery, London, in
2008; ‘Half Full – Part I’ at Bose Pacia, New York, in 2007; ‘Half Full –
Part II’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2007; ‘It's Good to be Queen’
at Bose Pacia Artist Space, New York, in 2006; and ‘Drawing Room - II’
at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, in 2006. Amongst her recent group shows
are, 'Still Moving Image' at the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi;
'Link' at Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai; 'Contradictions and Complexities:
Contemporary Art From India' at d.e.n. Contemporary Art and Western
Project, Culver City; and ‘Shifting Terrains / Altered Realities’ at the
Shrine Gallery, New Delhi, all held in the year 2008.
Mithu Sen lives and works in New Delhi.
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