Artist biography

Avinash Chandra born 1931 [- 1991]

Indian painter, born in Simla. Studied painting at Delhi Polytechnic 1947-52 and afterwards taught there 1953-6. Awarded a prize in the First National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi, 1954. Moved to London in 1956 and had his first British one-man exhibition at the Imperial Institute, London, 1957. At first painted jagged Indian townscapes and landscapes, with whirling suns and moons, and rounded hills, then in the early 1960s became increasingly preoccupied with the female body, and made oil paintings and drawings in coloured inks of interlocking complexes of figures and teeming sexual imagery, partly in the tradition of Indian erotic art. Made a fibre-glass mural for the Indian Tea Centre, London, in 1964 and a glass mural for Chappell Music Publishing Company, London, 1966. Awarded a John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund Fellowship in 1965 and lived 1966-73 in New York, then returned to London.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.116-17