India: People and Place

Joyous and uplifting works by international artist Natasha Kumar returns to The Stratford Gallery

Natasha will be attending the Private View from 3pm on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

March 2 – 23, 2019

Natasha Kumar

Assam Beauty II
Indian Woman Series
Edition number 4/5, 2018

Hand Drawn Screenprint with SIlver ( aluminium ) Leaf

Framed: 97h x 73w cm

Kumar_N040

GBP 3,000.00   SOLD

Natasha Kumar

Gold Dipti II
Indian Woman Series, 2018

Hand Drawn Screenprint with 22 carat gold leaf

63h x 45w cm

Framed: 75h x 56w cm

Kumar_N043

GBP 1,650.00 Framed

GBP 1,400.00 Unframed

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Natasha Kumar

Indian Woman Cosmic Dipti, 2018

Ink on paper

63h x 45w cm

Framed: 75h x 56w cm

Kumar_N059

GBP 1,000.00 Framed

GBP 750 Unframed

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Natasha Kumar

Gold Dipti IV
Indian Woman Series
Edition number 3/8, 2018

Hand Drawn Screenprint with 22 carat gold leaf

63h x 45w cm

Framed: 75h x 55w cm

Kumar_N044

GBP 1,300.00   SOLD

Natasha Kumar

Maala - Garland Series II, 2018

Ink on paper

77h x 56w cm

Framed: 91h x 61w cm

Kumar_N064

GBP 2,000.00

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Natasha Kumar

Maala - After the Rain II, 2018

Ink on paper

77h x 57w cm

Framed: 91h x 71w cm

Kumar_N063

GBP 1,700.00

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Natasha Kumar

Royal Chhatris ( Saffron )
Unique, 2018

Etching and Monoprint

77h x 56w cm

Framed: 98h x 73w cm

Kumar_N038

GBP 2,500.00

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Natasha Kumar

Ganesha Series IV, 2018

Ink on Paper with 22 carat gold leaf

Framed: 74h x 53.50w cm

Kumar_N054

GBP 2,400.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali (Deboss triptych) with 22 carat gold leaf, 2018

Paper, printing inks and 22 carat gold leaf

48h x 86.50w cm

Kumar_N047

GBP 1,800.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali Triptych ( Blue and White Floral ), 2018

Ink on paper

Framed: 80h x 160w cm

Kumar_N051

GBP 2,000.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali Triptych ( Jaipur Pink ), 2018

Ink on paper

Framed: 50h x 88w cm

Kumar_N052

GBP 1,650.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali Triptych ( Smoke Grey ), 2018

Ink on paper

Framed: 49.50h x 88.50w cm

Kumar_N053

GBP 1,650.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali Jodhpur Blue, 2018

Paper and Inks

Framed: 53h x 38w cm

Kumar_N048

GBP 750.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali Sandstone Red, 2018

Ink on paper

53h x 38.50w cm

Kumar_N049

GBP 750.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali ( Brinjal ), 2018

Paper and Inks

Framed: 53h x 38w cm

Kumar_N046

GBP 750.00

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Natasha Kumar

Choti Jali Warm Yellow, 2018

Ink on paper

Framed: 58h x 50w cm

Kumar_N050

GBP 750.00   SOLD

Natasha Kumar

Jali Window Triptych with Mushroom Gold Leaf, 2018

Ink on Paper with 22 carat gold leaf

Framed: 101h x 190w cm

Kumar_N062

GBP 4,000.00

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Natasha Kumar

Bikaneer Jali, 2018

Ink on Paper with 22 carat gold leaf

Framed: 84h x 56w cm

Kumar_N060

GBP 1,650.00

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Natasha Kumar

Jali Window ( Orange and Pistachio ) with mushroom gold leaf., 2018

Ink on Paper with 22 carat gold leaf

Framed: 96.50h x 66w cm

Kumar_N061

GBP 2,000.00   SOLD

 

Natasha Kumar

Holy Cow ( Mankolam Series ), 2018

Ink on paper

49h x 71w cm

Framed: 65h x 85w cm

Kumar_N058

GBP 1,600.00   SOLD

Natasha Kumar

Govardhan Series II, 2018

Ink on paper

Framed: 49h x 71w cm

Kumar_N055

GBP 850.00

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Natasha Kumar

Govardhan Series III, 2018

Ink on paper

Framed: 49h x 71w x 71d cm

Kumar_N056

GBP 850.00

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Natasha Kumar

Govardhan Series VI, 2018

Ink on paper

Framed: 49h x 71w cm

Kumar_N057

GBP 850.00

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Natasha Kumar

Govardhan Series Xll, 2018

Silk Screen Print

36.50h x 59w cm

Framed: 39h x 71w cm

Kumar_N039

GBP 850.00

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Natasha Kumar

Rasa Lila ( Delighted by Love VI ), 2018

Ink on Paper with 22 carat gold leaf

Framed: 67h x 67.50w cm

Kumar_N065

GBP 2,400.00

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Natasha Kumar

Rasa Mandala ( Night Series III ), 2018

Ink on Paper with 22 carat gold leaf

Framed: 67h x 67.50w cm

Kumar_N066

GBP 2,250.00

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Natasha Kumar

Adbhuta Rasa I
Unique, 2018

Etching and Monoprint with 22 carat moon gold leaf

Framed: 91h x 68w cm

Kumar_N041

GBP 2,250.00

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Natasha Kumar

Adbhuta Rasa II
Unique, 2018

Etching and monoprint with 22 carat moon gold leaf

91h x 68w cm

Kumar_N042

GBP 2,250.00

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Natasha Kumar

Rasa Triptych ( warm slate grey and soft green ), 2018

Etching and Monoprint

Framed: 184h x 67w cm

Kumar_N067

GBP 3,300.00

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Natasha Kumar

Cosmic Rasa I & II
Sold as a matching pair.
1/2 and 2/2, 2018

Etching, monoprint and screenprint

Framed: 68h x 69w cm

Kumar_N045

GBP 3,500.00

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Natasha Kumar

Great India! ( Series II ), 2018

Ink on paper

70h x 54w cm

Framed: 97h x 79w cm

Kumar_N068

GBP 1,300.00   SOLD

Written By Gill Sutherland, Arts Correspondend for the Stratford Herald 15/03/2019.

Last Saturday I popped over to India. I saw some sights, marvelled at the architecture, heard the strains of a strummed sitar, felt the warmth and breathed in the aromas of that far-off land. All while I was in an art gallery in Sheep Street, Stratford.

My journey — all in the imagination obviously — is testament to the power and beauty of artist Natasha Kumar’s work, which is currently on exhibition at The Stratford Gallery.

An Indian heritage from her father gave Natasha the key to a treasure box of images, colour and experiences that is the source for much of her work. She began with drawing and printmaking, a way to make her mark in a noisy family of established painters — her grandfather was the painter Peter Todd.

Natasha explains: “I am half-Indian so it’s there in my genes and also my soul. One of my earliest memories is of being in Mumbai, and seeing the image of a strange blue face – which must have been Krishna — painted on a turquoise wall. I remember being frightened by it, but also curious. That curiosity about India has remained with me, and has become my inspiration as an artist.”

After taking a foundation course in printmaking, three of Natasha’s prints were included in the highly prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. From there it was a first for her Manchester degree, taking an extra year to study anatomy and printmaking at the Venice School of Art. Following a successful first solo show in Sheffield, she moved to London to start a Masters in printmaking at Camberwell in 2000. Regular shows, from the Affordable Art Fair to Art Expo New York, confirmed demand for her prints, but before long the family painting genes began to assert themselves.

Paint, print, etching and gold leaf are combined in Natasha’s work to create gobsmackingly gorgeous depictions of India. But her work is more than just picturesque. She paints India in its complicated beauty — she explains what visitors can expect to see in the exhibition: “Colour above all, for the mood and feelings of India it evokes. Colour is an essential part of life there, in vivid, hypnotising combinations, but loaded with meaning too. The sensuality of red for weddings; life and happiness in green, black kohl around a baby’s eyes for spiritual protection -– half the fun for me is finding the colours that work.”

She continues: “Indian architecture has always been part of my art: intricate stone fretwork jali windows, crumbling palaces, eerie step wells descending like endless Escher staircases, but above all the chhatri, a quintessential North Indian motif. I love the shape, it means umbrella or canopy in Hindi. They’re loaded with cultural significance and resonate with memory and stories. There’s a stately exuberance there too, if such a thing exists.”

As I browse round the gallery I am taken by the ‘Indian woman series’ – the women are depicted from the back, their veils capturing sunlight, against a background of intricate mosaics. The images are stunning, I want one for my wall!

Natasha perfectly explains the allure of the series when she says: “Without realising it they had become part of a personal artistic exploration of my heritage, and theirs. In each painting I was asking the great question ‘what can I know of their lives, that might have been mine?’”

Full of praise for the owners of The Stratford Gallery, Emma and Howard Clegg — who she says have a genuine ethos, and pick artists of high calibre – Natasha is also very complimentary about Stratford. “It’s where I fell in love with the theatre as a youth,” she says. “So there’s a whole thing for me about coming back here as an artist. I feel actors and artists fight the same fight.”

And thanks to Natasha for bringing a bit of Mumbai magic to our hometown!