Manish Pushkale

Birth Place: Bhopal, India
Year of Birth: 1973

Manish Pushkale is easily one of the most talented and highly regarded young painters of India. With a powerful and sensitive initiation to art in the evocative environs of Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, he has fast acquired a skill and insight into artistic cretivity, Moving away from earlier phase of figuration, Manish has evolved a language of abstracion which carries his own personal imprint. Both his vision and artistic idioms have been growing fast, attaining amazing levels of maturity and significance. His works have been shown in India and abroad both in Individual and Group shows.

This is his second exhibition in Australia, the firstin 2005, with Aboriginal artist Abie Loy Kemarre, a sellout success.

He has been a recipient of prestigious Raza Foundation award, and also a recipient of Artist In-Residence awarded from French Governmentt in 2004.

Mantras, Indian philosophoical concepts, contrmporary art concepts.

Manish Pushkale’s ‘Mantra Collection’ is a foray into abstraction of sound, of experience and indeed the spirit itself. Yet his works have none of the forlornness associated with abstract minimalism. His paintings are fecund, organic and full of vitality.

The repeating sequences in the paintings are akin to rapidly chanted mantras recited while telling the beads of a rosary. The squares and the mesh like texture constitute the beads of Manish’s rosary. However, like every chant of the same mantra is different in its candence and its experience, every form in his paintings is differently enriched with colour and energy. Every movement of the hand that tells the rosary moves into the irrevocable past and every new movement remains in the present. Every viewing of his paintings is similarly varied.

In his works Manish has tried to capture the resonance of the chanting, japa, and to visualize the auditory experience. Interestingly, the chant of the mantras or naam is not a public performative exercise but a private, introverted process, very much like the artistic process, recoverable in fragments to the viewer through the experience of repeated seeing. Perhaps one may try and understand Manish’s work by drawing on abstract artistic genres in other mediums such as dhrupada in music where the essence lies in the alaap, the rest is vistara. The painted surface is the essence; the constituent rudiments are the preceptory responses. As in other abstraction in Manish paintings it is the very processes of creation that explain the created object itself and its subjective relation to the outside.

M.A. In Painting, Bhopal Award
1997 AIFACS Award
2000 Junior Research Fellowship
2002 Ist Bharat Bhavan Annual Exhibition Certificate Award , Bhopal.
2003 Raza Foundation Award.

2002 Worked with Rajiv Sethi, for Silk Route,
Smithsonian Festival, Washington.
2002 Executed a mural of 7’x28’ at the Office of Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
-Also involved in writing on art in many journals and magazines.
-Member of Garhi Studios Selection Committee,
Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi.
-Secretary of EKATRA, Foundation of Arts and Culture established by SH Raza.

Awards / Grants:
1997 AIFACS Award.
2000 Junior Research Fellowship, Government of India
2003 Raza Foundation Award
2004 Artist-in-residence, France
2008 Artist-In-residence, Harmony Foundation, Mumbai
2008 Artist-In-residence, Bergini Foundation, Italy

Solo Exhibitions:
1994-95 M.P. Kala Parishad Bhopal
1997 Aurodhan, Bank of America, New Delhi
2002 Undole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2003 Maison Des Sciences De l’Hommes, Paris
2004 Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2004/5 Travelling solo show at all Alliance Francaise in India, organized by French Embassy in India
2005 Gallery 88, Kolkata
2006 Galerie Edition Caracters, Paris
2006 Bodhi Art, New Delhi
2007 Bodhi Art, Mumbai
2009 Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto
2009 Bugno Art Gallery, Venice
2009 Theatre of Light, Reflections Art Gallery, Indore


2003 With S.H. Raza, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2004 With S. Harshwardhana, Bodhi Art, Singapore.
2005 With Abie Loy Kemarre, curated by Anna Kwiecinska, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia
2005 With Akhilesh, Gallery Mueller and Plate, Munich.
2009 With Julia Zegelmaier, Gallery Mueller and Plate.

Group Exhibitions:

'Kanagawa International Print Biennale', Japan
'48th National Exhibition of Art', New Delhi

'Art from Land of Heart', Art Indus, New Delhi.

'Anadi', Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
'Anadi', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
'Rooprekha', Lakshana Gallery, Hyderabad

'Anadi' National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
'Anadi' Birla Academy of Art, Kolkata
Central Zone Show, Tao Gallery, Mumbai

'Ishara', Art Today, New Delhi
'Harmony Show', Reliance Industries, Mumbai
'Argosy', curated by Renu Modi, Dubai, UAE

'Seven', Tao Gallery, Mumbai
'Seven', Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi
'Seven', Time and Space gallery, Bangalore
'Seven', Apparao Galleries, Chennai

'Young Contemporary Artists', curated by Mala Aneja, Art Motif, New Delhi
'Roop Adhyatma', Presbitare, Gorbio, France
'Shiva', Tao Gallery, Mumbai
Gallery 27, curated by Dr. Alka Pande, Oslo, Norway
'Shadang', Gallery Ganesha, Delhi

'Sacred Space', curated by Harsh Goenka, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
'Roop Adhyatma', Gallery Tao, Mumbai
'Towards Abstraction', Gallery Threshold and Bodhi Art, curated by Marta Jakimowikz, New Delhi
Gallery Sumukha, Hong Kong
'Bharat', Tate Britain, London, Presented by
Tao Gallery, Mumbai
'Confluence 2005', Arts India, Palo Alto
'Roop Adhyatma', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
Gallery AIR, London, presented by Sumukha Gallery.
'Resonance, 50 years of Independence',
curated by KT Ravindran, Lalit Kala Akademi,
New Delhi
'Indian Contemporary Art', Saffron Art, Mumbai
'Indian Paintings of New Millenium, curated by
Dr. Helen Fazio. Walsh Art Gallery, Chicago
'Indian Paintings of New Millenium', Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
'Annual Show', Pallette Art Gallery, curated by
Rohit Gandhi, New Delhi

'Roop Adhyatma, Pallette art, New Delhi
'Roop Adhyatma', Bodhi Art, Singapore
'Indian Art, Berkeley Square Gallery, London,
presented by Art Mill
Chelsea College of Art, London
'Aqua-Aubergina-Slate', Gallery Espace, New Delhi
'Spandan, Yash Birla Group, Mumbai
'Canvas for India', curated by Aman Nath for Khushi
Saffron Art, Mumbai
Saffron Art, New York
'Harvest', Arushi Arts, New Delhi

'Swasti-Roop', Art Alive, New Delhi
'Paper, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
'Indian Images', Gallery Art Pilgrim, London
'SAARC Artist Show', presented by Sahar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Triveda, New Delhi
“Annual Show”, Pallette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Dubai Art Festival,UAE
'Hirers Show', Hong Kong Visual Art Museum, Hong Kong

'Reliance Artist in Residency Show', DAKC, Mumbai
'Art Positive' Annual Show, curated by Sushma Behl
'Bid and Hammer' Auction Show, Bangalore
'Triveda' Auction Show, Delhi
'Asta Guru' Auction Show, Mumbai
'Saffron' Auction Show, Mumbai
'Art Curial' Auction Show, Paris, France
'India on Canvas', Khushi Auction Show, New Delhi
Mueller and Plate Gallery, Munich
'Bentley Show', Polka Art, New Delhi
'Tehelka Show', Aicon Gallery, London
'Middle Edge', Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto
Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
Raza-Mongillat Foundation Show, Gorbio, France
Shanghai Art Fair, presented by Sanskriti Gallery
'Emami Chisel' Auction Show, Kolkata
'Miami Basel Art Fair', presented by Galerie Helen Lamarque, Paris and Miami

'Think small'- group show of small format works, Art Alive Gallery,New Delhi
'Harverst-2009', Aarushi Arts, New Delhi
'Indian art summit', New Delhi
Group show curated by Vibhu Raj Kapoor, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
'20 Years of Indian Contemporary Art', Gallery Neumeister, Munich
'Art is not a Thing.It is a Way', Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkota.
'Living Art Expanse', curated by Sushma Bahl, Delhi.
'Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image', Tangerine Art, Bangalore.
'Indian Contemporary Art', curated by Nicole Spyrattos, Museum of Asiatic Arts, Nice, France.
'L'Inde et L'Art Contemporain', Rosennoff Gallery, Nice,France.
'A Study in Abstraction', curated by Anirudh Chari, Ganges Art Gallery, Calcutta
'Metaphoric Shift and New Imagery', curated by Gaurang Jalan, LKA,New Delhi

'Contremporary Indian Art' Curated by Manish Pushkale, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

Institute of Landscaping Plants, Tokyo.
Gnanpeeth Trust, New Delhi
EPCO, Bhopal
West Cultural Zone, Udaipur
Roopankar Bharat Bhavan & Administartive Academy, Bhopal
Pt.Bhimsen Joshi's Collection
England, U.S.A , Holand,France.
M.E.C. Art Gallery, Delhi.
Paintings are in Collection of S.H. Raza Foundation
Times Of India
Manjit Bawa
Shakti Burman
Sarla Birla
Ashok Vajpeyi
and many private and Corporate office Collections in India & Abroad.