Seagull curates and presents art exhibitions—major retrospectives by senior artists as well as the so-called ‘non-saleable’ aspect or area of an artist’s work, which commercial galleries are reluctant to exhibit. Intervening qualitatively and making a positive difference to the aesthetics of the exhibition, the entire undertaking is a partnership between the artist and the organization.
Some of our artists include:
K. G. Subramanyan [1924 – 2016]
One of India’s most senior artists, K. G. Subramanyan has worked in diverse media and material. He is known as much for his wide-ranging scholarship as for his artworks, which are full of wit, subversion, eroticism and critical social commentary. A major retrospective of his work was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, in 2003. He was part of the arts faculty at M.S. University and Professor Emeritus at Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.
Somnath Hore [1921 – 2004]
Born in Baroma, Chittagong district, Somnath Hore taught at the Indian Art College and the Delhi Polytechnic, before teaching at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. He was also Visiting Lecturer at M.S. University, Baroda for a short period.
Reba Hore [1926 – 2008]
Reba Hore [1926 – 2008] was educated at Calcutta University and Calcutta College of Art. She lived and worked in Calcutta, New Delhi, and in Santiniketan. Her works have been collected and archived in Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; Art Heritage, New Delhi; Netherlands Embassy, New Delhi; Punjab Museum, Bahai Museum, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta and in private collections of art aficionados in India and abroad.
Madhvi Parekh, born in 1942 in Sanjaya, a village in Gujarat, is a self-taught artist. Living and working out of Delhi, she has created a space for herself in India’s contemporary art practice, reverting for inspiration to her childhood village left far behind. Her work remains true to her rural inheritance, and, at the same time, reflects in the contemporary world. With a personal well-articulated language of expression, Madhvi positions herself in a space outside the tradition–modernity discourse, while crossing borders both ways. Over the last 45 years, Madhvi has participated in numerous solo shows, artists’ camps and workshops, and auctions held at Sotheby’s (Bombay, 1989), Sahmat (Delhi, 1989), Asprey (Bombay, 1990). The Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India sponsored a documentary on Madhvi and her artist husband Manu Parekh in 1992.
Chandana Hore was born in 1964 in New Delhi. She received her MFA degree from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati in 1987, after which she received The Lalit Kala Research Grant for painting in 1988-89. Her solo shows include those at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, 1991; Art Heritage, New Delhi, 1994 and 1998; Akar Prakar, Calcutta, 2005; The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Calcutta, 2005; Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore, 2005; Threshold Gallery, New Delhi, 2007. She has also been part of group shows, some of which were held at Gallery 88, Calcutta, 1994 and Guild Gallery, Bombay, 1998. Chandana lives and works in Santiniketan and Calcutta.
Born in 1959 in Kilimanoor, Kerala, G. Reghu studied art (sculpture) in the College of Fine Arts in Thiruvanananthapuram. Though he began with stone as his medium, Reghu’s sensibility found its direction after he discovered Elizabeth and Laurie Baker’s Gandhian philosophy of working with indigenous materials. Exhibited widely across the country and a few prestigious galleries abroad, Reghu is the recipient of the Award of Fourth Contemporary Indian Art Biennial at Bharat Bhavan and the Award of Bombay Art Society, Mumbai. His works are housed in many private and public collections in India and abroad.
Born in Bhopal in 1976 Faiza obtained her MFA at Bharat Bhavan and worked as a freelance artist from 2000-2006. 2007 saw her first solo exhibition presented by Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Calcutta and in Delhi, in 2008. Faiza has participated in several exhibitions in India and abroad andher paintings are in the collection of Bharat Bhawan; Uttarayan, Vadodra; All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi; M.P Tourism department; Jawahar Bal Bhawan, Bhopal and many other private and government organizations in India and abroad. She is a recipient of many awards and fellowships and presently lives and works in Bhopal.
Mahmud Husain Laskar
Mahmud Husain Laskar graduated with a B.F.A in Paintingfrom Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, in 2002 and M.F.A in Paintingfrom College of Art, New Delhi, 2002-2004. He has been exhibited widely in over30 solo and group shows across the world and has participated in several artcamps over the years. He was awarded the 48th National AcademyAward, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2005; Scholarship to Young Artist,Department of Culture, Govt. of India, in 2003; the Camlin Award inprofessional category by Camlin Art foundation (3rd Northernregion) in 2003 and the Ravi Jain Memorial Fellowship, Dhoomimal Gallery, NewDelhi in 2002.
His artworks are placedin the collection of Muller and Plate Gallery, Munich; Gibsone Jessop Gallery,Toronto; Colors Palette Gallery, Singapore; Ruia Group Dunlop, India; TasveerFoundation, Bangalore; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Seagull Foundation forthe Arts, Kolkata, and many other private collections in India, Japan, Germany,Canada, UK and USA.
Mahmud lives and works in Greater Noida.
SK. Sahajahan is Assistant Professor at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. He graduated from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan with a 1st class Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) in 1997 and a 1st class Advance Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) in 1999. His first solo show of drawings and paintings was held in 2004 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta and Nandan Gallery, Santiniketan. Since then he has been exhibited widely across the country and in Bangladesh, Berlin, Denmark, Munich and New York—in solo and group shows.
Sahajahan received the Merit Scholarship from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan [1993-1998]; Avantika Award, Bronze medal ; Elizabeth Green Shield Foundation, Canada, Grant [1998 and 2002]. His works have featured over the years in important auctions. 2015 saw him feature in a documentary film Pop Art in Kolkata-New Art on the Ganges, which was shown on Swiss National Television.
Sahajahan lives and works in Santiniketan.
Sunandini Banerjee is a Calcutta-based graphic artist and editor who has illustrated books by Thomas Bernhard, Yves Bonnefoy, Ivan Vladislavic and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, among others. Her digital collages have been exhibited in India and abroad, and may be found across the covers and annual catalogues of Seagull Books. She is also a translator, and her translations include Mahasweta Devi’s Bedanabala and Nabarun Bhattacharya’s Herbert.
Founder of The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Seagull Books in Kolkata, Naveen is an author, film maker and photographer. He is the recipient of the Goethe Medal, a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was awarded the 2021 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. His photographs have been shown at various venues in India and abroad.