One of the Finest Printmakers in the Sub-continent
Anupam Sud (b1944, Hoshiarpur) studied at the College of Art, Delhi from 1962 to 1967, during the same decade that Somnath Hore was retooling and revitalising the college’s printmaking department. Sud was the youngest member of “Group 8”, an association of artists at the college.
Sud later studied printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, from 1971 through 1972. It was after her return from Slade that Sud developed an intense interest in exploring clothed and unclothed human figures through the medium of etching. She found inspiration in both male and female sexuality and identities. Overt takes on social issues are seldom found in Sud’s art, and her figures are often self-absorbed and brooding. However, through symbolism and metaphor Sud engages with socially relevant themes, and moody depictions of interrelations between the sexes are a favourite topic in her work. Sud’s etchings are made with the use of zinc plates, a difficult medium that requires both patience and precision.
One of Sud’s best known bodies of work, the “Dialogue Series”, expresses human communication between people of various sexes through a mood of mature, silent, acceptance. The “Dialogue Series” emphasises human togetherness as intimate and non-verbal.
Sud’s work is in the collections of The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Peabody Museum, U.S.A., and the Glenbarra Art Museum, Japan.
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