Madan Lal
Madan Lal
Chandigarh India
About Me

His mind is often as blank as the canvas before the first stroke of brush stirs up some deep-rooted emotion in him that comes across in enchanting use of bright colours. Chandigarh- based painter Medan Lal art may be rooted in Sufism but global exposure over the years has made him  open to experimenting, having held exhibitions of his works in Germany, England and Sweden.
 
 “I have no focal point in my paintings and my creations reflect what I feel at that moment, the complexities of human relationships and life. When I start painting, I start with a blank canvas. I first envision an abstract concept in my mind, and as I add paint to the canvas, a more concrete form starts appearing. That is how I would trace my progression in art,” he explains.
Chandigarh city has had a deep influence on Lal ever since he moved here in 1982 to study at the prestigious Government College of Art. The recognition he got at exhibitions in the early days gave him the encouragement to refine his craft with time. His paintings moved from touching on abstract concepts like music towards a relatively tangible topic in urban musing with love for the first planned city of the country somewhere at the core of it.
 
“Indian art is very distinct from other cultures. Indian artists are still rooted in tradition, which comes across in the colours, symbols and forms that we use,” he asserts.
Sufism is well and alive in his works too. “I hail from Punjab, and Sufism is seeped into our literature, our culture,” Lal explains. “Sufism is not limited to any religion; it is a way of life. Right from childhood, it is inculcated into our creative outcomes.”
Hailing from the small town of Talwandi  Bhai Distt. Ferozepur  in Punjab, Lal has taken his work across the country and the Punjabi spiritualism tends to come across every time. The painter explains “Sufism is well and alive in my works. I hail from Punjab, and Sufism is seeped into our literature, our culture, Sufism is not limited to any religion; it is a way of life. Right from childhood, it is inculcated into our creative outcomes.”
The artist’s trademark bright colours where the vivid peacock blues, grassy greens, flaming orange, yellow, pinks and reds come together beautifully as if in a piece of music and make his works stand apart. Using acrylics and water-drawings, his paintings abound with lush richness in form, style and spirit and his figures, despite the long journey ahead, do not give way to grief. Instead there is buoyancy in the works with the person holding onto all that is dear in life, not material but allegorical.
 
Indeed, there is a deeper sense to life that he wishes to convey and one that comes to him when he begins his riyaz at dawn. “I have been getting up at 4 am everyday now for the last 15 years because early morning is the time when the mind is in that sweet state, neither asleep nor awake, when you are not tied to this earth but are in a realm far away from this material world,”    
 


Events/Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITION:

2013    Exhibition of paintings at Sridharni art gallery Triveni kala sangam New Delhi

2013  Exhibition of paintings and drawings at Art Indus Gallery New Delhi

2013   Exhibition of paintings  at Jehangir art gallery Mumbai

2012   Exhibition of paintings & drawings at Art Folio Chandigarh

2011    Exhibition of Paintings at Sridharni Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

2008    Exhibition of Paintings  Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2007    Exhibition of  Drawing & Paintings at Art Indus, New Delhi

2006    Exhibition of Painting  at Art  Folio, Chandigarh

2005    Exhibition of Paintings at Art Folio, Chandigarh

2005    Exhibition of Paintings at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

2004    Exhibition of Paintings at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

2004    Exhibition of Paintings at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

2001    Exhibition of Drawings  at  Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh

1999    Exhibition of Paintings at Lalit Kala Academy, Rabindra Bhawan  New Delhi

1998    Exhibition of Drawings & Paintings at Museum of Fine Arts, Punjab University, Chandigarh

1996    Exhibition of Paintings at  Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh

1995    Exhibition of  Drawings at Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh

Galleries

ArtIndus art gallery New Delhi

Nvya art gallery  New Delhi

Aura art foundation Mumbai

Shri Yash art gallery New  Delhi

Gallery The Art place Gurgano (HR)

Atria London

Asian art gallery Boston USA

Smart art company Germany.

National & International  EXHIBITIONS

2014    Exhibition of Indian art Tradition in modernity at POSK Gallery by Atria gallery at LONDON. UK

2014   Group exhibition of paintings at Birla Akademi Kolkata

2013  Ethnic Concurrence exhibition of paintings Asian art gallery USA

2013  Triveni exhibition of paintings  by Three artist  at  Gallery Art Place Gurgaon

2012    Exhibition of paintings by untitled group  at Punjab kala Bhavan Chandigarh

2011 Group show Curetted by Art File art promoter & services at Govt. Museum Art Gallery Chandigarh.

2011 Group “UNTITLED “show at Punjab Lalit Kala Academy Art Gallery, Chandigarh.

2011 Group “UNTITLED” show at Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Academy Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2010 Exhibition of paintings & Drawings at Chandigarh & Ludhiana By City Bank Chandigarh.

2010    Exhibition of Untitled Paintings Punjab Lalit Kala, Chandigarh

2009    Exhibition of Paintings  at  Stokholm, Sweden

2008    Exhibition of Painting Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2008  Exhibition of paintings at Nehru Centre London

2007    Exhibition of Paintings at Lalit Kala Academy, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi

2007    Exhibition by Nvya Art gallery, New Delhi

2006    Exhibition of Paintings by Art Indus at Habitat Center New Delhi

2006    Exhibition by Indian Art form at Habitat Center, New Delhi

2005    Polka Vision by Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi

2005    Harmony show Mumbai

2000    Exhibition of Paintings at Nehru Centre , Worli Mumbai

1997    Exhibition of Paintings at AIFACS, New Delhi

1997    Exhibition of Paintings at Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh

1997    Exhibition of Paintings at Punjab Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Chandigarh

1995    Exhibition of Paintings at Fine Art Deptt., Punjab University, Chandigarh 

Awards/Honors

2015    All India state Award by Dahanukar Trust Mumbai

2001    Gold medal All India Exhibition by Avantika, New Delhi

2000    All India Millennium Drawings by PLKA & Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

2000       all India Exhibition By AIFACS at Chandigarh.

Secretary Punjab lalit kala academy 1999-2003

Secretary  Chandigarh lalit kala Akademi 2003-2006

Vice Chairman Chandigarh lalit kala akademi since-2012

National / International PARTICIPATION:

2015    National Exhibition by lalit kala akademi New Delhi

2014    National Exhibition by Lalit kala Akademy New Delhi

2013    55th  national exhibition by Lalit kala akademi New Delhi

2010    52nd National Exhibition, by Lalit Kala  Academy New Delhi

2005    Camlin Art Foundation, New Delhi

2004    Annual Art Exhibition, PLKA, Chandigarh

2003    Exhibition of art our Roots are our wings by Indian Artist network at Jakarta Indonesia

2002    45th National Exhibition, by Lalit Kala  Academy New Delhi

2001    44th National Exhibition, by Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi

2001    Contemporary Indian Painting “Tradition to Modernity at Kleinessen Art gallery Fulda” Germany

Participation at state Level & National Level since 1995

CAMPS:

2014   International artist workshop Istanbul Turkey

2014- National artist camp by Lalit kala Akademi New Delhi at Guwahati 

2013   National Artist camp at KARGIL by Jammu & Kashmir Academy

2011   Artist camp at Goa by Mystic  art foundation Pune

2010   Artist camp at Bheem Tal  by Rai Foundation New Delhi

2009    International Artist Camp at Hega Park , Stokholm Sweden

2009    National Artist Camp at Rajori Jammu

2009    National Artist camp by  Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi at Gangtok

2008   Artist Camp  by Advance Study ,Vice Roy lodge Shimla

2007    Artist Camp at Mysore by Art Indus & ITDC   

2007    National Artist camp by Artistic Creation at Barog (HP)

2007    Artist Camp by Art Mall at Dehradoon

2006    National Artist camp by Art Mall at Barog (HP)

2005    Artist camp by AIFACS, New Delhi

2005    National Camp by Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

2004    Artist Camp by Amrit Kala Kumbh at Amritsar

2003    Painting Workshop by PLKA at APJ College, Jalandhar

2003    Painting Workshop by Govt. College, Mohali

2002    Artist workshop at Chandigarh Press Club

2002    Artist Workshop by CLKA & Distt Administration Panchkula

2002    Painting Workshop at Chandigarh Carnival

2002    Drawing Workshop by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy

2001    Painting Workshop at BCS, Shimla

2001    Artist Camp at Jalandhar by PLKA

2001    Young Artist camp by AIFACS, New Delhi

1999    Artist Camp by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy

1999    Painting Workshop by Art & Film Society, Chandigarh

1999    Homage to Kargil Heros Artist Workshop by Punjab Lalit Kala Academy 


 

ARTWORKS BY Madan Lal
Urban Space
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Urban Mirage-6
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Seeds to Grow
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Urban Space
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Monsoon-1
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Monsoon
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