N S Harsha


N S Harsha is a multifaceted and an emerging Indian artist, widely known for his magnanimously created artwork that depicts the cultural traditions, humanity and intricacies of the rapidly changing world. Besides painting, he is acclaimed as a philosopher and excellent storyteller. Liveliness and vibrancy portrayed out of his oeuvre are the reflections of his emotions and artistic excellence.

Education & Work

N S Harsha was born in the year 1969 in Mysore, Karnataka. His work exquisitely proves inimitable artistic practice based on the reworks of Indian miniature painting, which reflects vast, flat fields crowded by extremely individuated, vibrant figures.  He has done Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) in the year 1992 from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA), Mysore.  

Thereafter, he acquired his Master's degree in Fine Arts (Painting) from Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Counted amongst the reputed artists, Harsha’s paintings involve breezy brushwork, intricate illuminations that depict his strong political views and narrative bent. Besides painting, Harsha’s work includes: sculpture, miniature drawings, site-specific installations, and community-based collaborations. The figures in his oeuvre are majorly focused on an event, which portrays something that is comically strange or odd. Harsha has taken part in numerous collaborative projects and exhibitions both at national and international level.

He has enthusiastically participated in several joint exhibitions, including: 'Project Dublin', in collaboration with Heather Allen at Project Gallery, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2005); ‘BhaBhaBha’, along with Joan Grounds, supported by Asia Link, Australia (2003); ‘The Fire and Life', with Joan Grounds, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore (1996); and 40 Days and 40 Nights in collaboration with  Joan Grounds, 'Fire and Life Part II', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

He has also showcased his remarkable artworks in several solo exhibitions including:  'Tamasha' at the daadgalerie, Berlin in in collaboration with the façade gallery of Kulee.V (2013); 'Picking through the Rubble', Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2009); 'Cultural Debris', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2009); 'Left Over', MaisonHermès, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan (2008); and 'Come Give Us A Speech', Bodhi Art, New York (2008).

Some of the selected group exhibition wherein N S Harsha exhibited his paintings includes: 'Anecdotes', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai;  'High-Light', presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon; 'Pause: A Collection', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai;  'Orientations: Trajectories in Indian Art', Foundation 'De 11 Lijnen', Oudenburg, Belgium; 'In The Company of Alice', Victoria Miro, London;  'Black and White', GalerieMirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai; Simple Tales', Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai; 'Tracing Time', Bodhi Art, Mumbai;  'Excerpts from Diary Pages', Talwar Gallery, New York; 'Inaugural Show', Sakshi Gallery, Taipei; 'Zip Files', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai;  ‘Flying Arts’, Queensland, Australia; ‘Embarkations’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai;  ‘Creative Space’, Sakshi Gallery, New Delhi; ‘Portraits of a Decade’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata;  ‘Enchanting the Icon’, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore;  ‘City Park’, and Project Art Space, Dublin, Ireland.

Awards and Accolades

N S Harsha was honored with several awards. He was bestowed with international art prize £40,000 (USD 78,900) Artes Mundi 3at gala ceremony held at the National Museum Cardiff, Wales (2008); Residency at the Bamboo Curtain Studio in Tamshui, Taipei, Taiwan (2007); Visiting Artist, Shantou University, Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, China (2005); Sanskriti Award, Sanskriti Pratishthan, New Delhi (2003); and Resident Artist, Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2001). He is also a recipient of Karnataka State Lalit Kala Academy Scholarship (1993); VasudevArnawaz Scholarship (1993); Vasudev Arnawaz Scholarship (1992); Dasara Fine Art Award, Mysore, Karnataka (1992)

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