Vasundhara Tewari Broota
Vasundhara Tiwari, born in1955, is among the young generation painters who have indulged in exploring the potential of figurative paintings. Here it is worth mentioning that her images surface out of the perception of a woman and the psycho-political existence of the female body.
Vasundhara graduated from the University of Delhi with literature as her subject, and studied at Triveni Kala Sanagam, New Delhi. During 1982-84, she worked on a cultural scholarship awarded by the department of culture of the government of India. Vasundhara first drew attention for her sensitive mixed media work in which an interpretation of the suppressed womanhood within the existing societal structure in contextualized by her female nude images. Her treatment and use of the female nude she creates, are abstraction and are often emblematic of the inner life of contemporary women. Her paintings are characterized by tensions arising out of the naturalistically modeled figures and the flat pictorial space which is enriched with small focuses of tonal recessions.
In the more recent works of Vasundhara, a sensibility towards the understanding of the internal and external psychological spaces of the artist alias the ‘woman’ is displayed lucidly. In these works the human figure does not occupy the space of the protagonist, but shares a equi-focal space with the background objects, where both are of equal significance. The identifiable artist psyche and experiences surrounding it stands as meaningful reality for Vasundhara. Her paintings are a celebration of a contemporary woman, unafraid to reveal her soul and at the same time, participate in the daily life-patterns unencumbered.
Between 1980 and 1994, Vasundhara had seven solo shows in New Delhi, Chicago, Calcutta and Bombay. Between 1984 and 1993, she participated in 24 important national and international exhibitions which included Contemporary Indian Art. Tokyo (1984), Since 1979 she has been regularly taking part in all the major exhibitions organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi. All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society and the Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi. Vasundhara has received awards for her drawings in the All India Drawing Exhibition at the Chandigarh Museum in 1981 and 1985. She won award at the Annual Exhibition of Art, AIFACS (1981) and got the Delhi State Award from the Sahitya Kala Paiishad (1982), Sanskrit Award, New Delhi (1987) Silver medal at the First International Biennial of Plastic Arts, Algiers (1987) second and third time the Delhi State Award, Sahitya Kala Parishad (1 987) 1992) and during 1988-90 Vasundhara worked, on the Fellowship awarded by the Department of Culture, Government of India. Between 1979 and 1993, she attended artists’ workshop held in different parts of India. Her works are in many public and private collections in India and abroad, including National Gallery of Modem Art, New Delhi, Museum of Modem Art, San Francisco, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Chandigarh Museum, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, Chester and David Herwitz Collection, USA, Masanori Fukuoka Collection, Tokyo and New York Art Scene, USA.
The artist lives and works in New Delhi.
Her exhibit with us is titled Keeping it Together and is an oil on canvas made in 2021.