Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
JYOTHI BASU, Healed Wounds, 2002, oil on canvas
JYOTHI BASU, Healed Wounds, 2002, oil on canvas, 177 x 212 cm / 69.6 x 83.5 in


In contemporary art, it is no longer easy to read the intentions of the artist, whose often opaque work carries with it a critique of social mores that is at least as important as the visual content of its imagery. Basu does not necessarily affiliate with such procedures; what he does instead is to comment neutrally on a society that is constantly moving, not always forward, but in some direction worth describing. His artistic strength stems from his willingness to accommodate many kinds of expression at once; in a nod toward traditional figuration, he even does sensitive self-portraits – pictures of a slender face seemingly in repose, contented with the world. His current landscapes are literally and figuratively charged with electric power – electronic circuitry, its industrial geometry, figures importantly in many of the paintings. Yet poised in opposition is his sense of historical time, which underlies his forays into a reality whose implications are both private and public – personal in their visual arrangement, but accessible in their reading of the present technological atmosphere. Basu's presentation of current realities is more whimsical than political, but he remains aware of the kinds of problems generated by the kinds of lives we lead today. As a result, his paintings, in their combination of archaic feeling with a sense of contemporary form oriented toward the future, read as maps of desire, in which nostalgia joins with a vision of a brave new world. 

Born 1960 in Kerala 
BFA in Painting, College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum 
Post Diploma in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda 
Lives and works in Baroda

Solo Exhibitions

2018   'V. N. Jyothi Basu – Portraits and Landscapes on Paper', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 
2006   'Landscapes towards a Supreme Fiction', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
2006   'Visionary Antiquities', Nature Morte, New Delhi and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2003   'Healing Properties: VN Jyothi Basu's Landscapes of the Self', Artists Center, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibition

2018   'Nine Painters from Kerala', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 
2017   'DWELLING: 10th Anniversary Show (Part II)', curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2012    First Edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, Durbar Hall, Kochi
2011   'India Inclusive: Contemporary Art from India', World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta 
2011   '5th Anniversary Exhibition', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2008   'Expanding Horizons', curated by Sudhir Patwardhan and sponsored by Bodhi Art Gallery for Mumbai and travel to 7 cities within Maharashtra
2008   'Santhal Family', Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
2008   Art Forum Berlin together with Aji V.N. and Ratheesh T. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2007   'Horn Please, Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art', Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
2007   'Private/Corporate IV: Works from the Lekha and Anupam Poddar and Daimler Chrysler Collections', Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin



V.N. Jyothi Basu – Visionary Antiquities

November 20, 2006 - December 09, 2006