Show Title: Herbarium Indicum by Alex Davis
Curator: Rasika Kajaria
Open to Public: Saturday 7th October 2017 – Saturday 4th November 2017
Venue: Exhibit320, F-320, Lado Sarai, New Delhi – 110030
Exhibit320 is proud to present ‘Herbarium Indicum’, a solo exhibition of paintings by artist and designer, Alex Davis. The exhibition will inaugurate with a private preview on Friday 6th October 2017, followed by a month long public viewing from Saturday 7th October 2017. The exhibition will mark the first association between Alex Davis and Exhibit320, presenting a series of 25 botanical illustrations on canvas. The exhibition will be curated by Gallery Director, Rasika Kajaria.
Widely known for his design work, the exhibition extends Davis’ interest in both botanical science and fine arts, propelling his practice in a new direction. His early years were spent between his paternal family’s rubber plantation in the foothills of the Western Ghats and his maternal family’s home in the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala. Largely influenced by these childhood memories of life in the lush green foliage of Kerala, Davis’ current body of works read like larger-than-life botanical illustrations, each painted in a single predominant colour that admittedly is inspired by the abstract style of ‘colour field painting’. Focusing on flowers indigenous to India, or those observed during his frequent trips to the Himalayas and studies of botanicals, Davis’ showcase, ‘Herbarium Indicum’ at Exhibit320 elicits a sense of a fleeting moment, and one of fragility and of beauty most commonly associated with the characteristics of floral and fauna.
A graduate of NID Ahmedabad and Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, Alex Davis’ work epitomizes ‘modern India’ and he is credited for setting the benchmark in contemporary design in the country.
About Alex Davis
Alex Davis is an artist and designer who lives and works in New Delhi, India. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering, Davis went ahead to achieve a Masters Diploma in Product Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad and then a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy, Milano, Italy. He has showcased his works through solo shows in various art galleries across India as well as at prestigious international fairs like Scenes d’interieur at Maison et Objet, Paris, Solone del Mobile, Milano and Abitare il Tempo, Verona.
About Rasika Kajaria
Rasika Kajaria is a New Delhi based patron of the arts. Rasika founded contemporary art gallery Exhbiit320 in 2009, now successfully running in its 8th year. The gallery focuses on presenting and supporting emerging and established art practices in the sub-continent through exhibitions, publications and public programming.
Exhibit320 is located in the heart of Lado Sarai, in the capital city of New Delhi, India providing a dynamic and creative hub for artists, the arts and its audience. The gallery showcases contemporary art from India and the sub-continent with a focus on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, creating a platform for new thoughts and ideas. The emphasis of the exhibition space is on art that engages in new means, both by thoughts and material. The space is therefore focused on creative endeavour that puts precedence on aesthetic explorations, critical dialogue and furthering visual dialogues. The gallery aims to discover and encourage contemporary and evolving art. Exhibit320 is now the first and only art organisation from India to become a member of the Asia Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC). The gallery is proud to work alongside major international galleries and institutions towards heightening awareness and appreciation of contemporary art discourses and practices from Asia.