Asha Dangol

Asha Dangol’s current figurative explorations engage the viewer in a provocative dialogue about urbanization, consumerism, and ecological concerns.  These contemporary issues are framed within a polarity and dichotomy of visual symbols: east and west; traditional and contemporary; past and present; the mythic with the real. 

Asha Dangol’s current figurative explorations engage the viewer in a provocative dialogue about urbanization, consumerism, and ecological concerns.  These contemporary issues are framed within a polarity and dichotomy of visual symbols: east and west; traditional and contemporary; past and present; the mythic with the real.  The imagery is seductive in its cultural appropriations, and the meanings become even more acute when the audience reads the cultural signifiers and its substitutions. His current series, including pieces like Where am I? Where is my village? And Paradise lost, provide a personal cultural commentary about globalization through richly coded visual narratives.

His paintings have wider range of subject matters and techniques. Some of his works depict the experience of alienated and disillusioned contemporary youths by reincorporating the images of myths, and Newar and Mithila folk arts. The combination of images is shocking and dream like. The artist combines the contrary images with free association exploiting surrealist technique. His art works create a symbolic connection of the myth and reality, past and present. Religious, social and cultural images and symbols are merged. The presentation of simple, naïve and rustic figures are also the elements of folk art. Folk and primitive ambience is the comfort zone for the artist to escape away from the complexity of the chaotic world.

The combination of some images represents the alienated and disillusioned condition of contemporary youths and their nostalgia for carefree childhood and attraction toward mythical world for consolation. He wishes to live in mythological world. The reality and imaginary mythical world are juxtaposed. In reality, the characters are falling down and tied to the ground whereas in mythical world they are free and rising up. Real world is narrow and monotonous whereas mythical world is wider and more variegated.

Nature and humanity are also the key contents of his works. Through his lines and colours he expresses misery, mystery and joy of life. Rural setting and the chores of daily life also get expression in his works. His art works depict the fusion of folk art, tantric religion, old scripts and the secular images. The sacred images encompass the external mundane world, and at the same time, the nature and the physical world integrate the religious icons, images and symbols. He deconstructs the binary opposition of sacred and profane. The recurrent images of Himalayan Mountain suggest the native Nepali root of the artist.

Asha is not only inspired by the traditional art but also subverts the established icons. He takes the images of deities but installs the heads of beasts like tiger, rhinoceros, leopard etc. By doing so, the artist implies two things. First, he divinizes the beasts, and next, he appeals for their preservation. On the other hand, he imagines the possible images of divinities of our time putting guns and grenades in their hands. Such images make us ask question: Are these divinities benevolent? In the like manner, the artist picks up the art work of Newar religious rituals and rearranges them in innovative way. The presence of real objects in his canvas gives the painting three dimensional quality. He dismantles the established norms and blurs the boundary between various art genres.

Date of birth : 1973

 

Co-Founder: E-Arts Nepal & Kasthamandap Artists Group

Treasurer/ Coordinator: Prashanta Memorial Society

Coordinator: Himalayan Art Camp and Himalayan Art Festival

Member: Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Young Artists Group, Artists’ Society of Nepal

 

Education:

2010: Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Central Department of Fine Arts, Tribhuwan University

1996: Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Fine Arts College, Kathmandu, Nepal

1991: School Leaving Certificate – Bal Vidya Griha, Lalitpur, Nepal

 

Awards:

2019: Welt Museum Wien Travel Grant, Nepal Art Now Exhibition, Vienna, Austria

2015/2016: NAC Travel Grant, Nepal Art Council for India Art Fair, Delhi

2013: Special Regional Award – National Art Exhibition, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts

2010: Consolation Award – IACC, Kathmandu

2006: 1st Prize – National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association of Fine Arts, Kathmandu

2005: Best Prize – National Film Festival, BICC, Kathmandu

2003: Araniko Youth Award and Gold Medal, Rastriya Yuwa Sewa Kosh, Kathmandu

 

Solo Art Exhibitions:

2018: The Wrathful Himalayas, Dalai-La Art Space, Kathmandu

2018: New Beginning, Dalai-La Art Space, Kathmandu

2017: Tradition Subverted, Yala Mandala, Patan

2014 : A 20-Year Retrospective, The City Museum Kathmandu

2013 : Parallel Journeys, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2011 : Avatars & Interpretations, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2010 : Aerial Perspective, Park Gallery, Lalitpur

2008 : Open Art Show, Park Gallery, Kathmandu

2008 : Open Art Show, Mitra Cafe, Kathmandu

2007 : The Scream, The Art Shop, Kathmandu

2007 : Ceramic Expressions, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2005 : Folk Fusion, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2004 : Inside the words, Gallery Moksh, Lalitpur

2002 : Folk Images of Nepal, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

 

Group Art Exhibition (International):

2019: Chiang Mai Art Connecting 2019, BlueChips and La Luna Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2019: Exhibition of Finest Artworks from Representative of Asian Artists, Hanoi, Vietnam

2019: Nepal Art Now Exhibition, Welt Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria

2019: Parallel Journey, Yak and Yeti, Vienna, Austria

2019: Kyusyu International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka, Japan

2018: Hanoi March Connecting 3rd, Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University, Hanoi, Vietnam

2018: 5th KMUNTB International Art Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand

2018: 2nd Andaman International Art Exhibition, Andaman Art Museum, Krabi, Thailand

2017: Shanghai International Art Exhibition, Hongqiao Contemporary and Modern Art Museum,

Shanghai, China

2016: KKB International Art Workshop and Exhibition, KKB, Malaysia

2016: Residency Art Exhibition, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India

2016: Intl Spring Art Camp, Jammu & Kashmir, India

2016: India Art Fair, New Delhi, India

2016: Khajuraho Art Festival, Khajuraho, India

2015: Nepali Art Show, LeSutra Gallery, Mumbai, India

2015: Asropa Intl Art Exhibition, Gunsan, South Korea

2015: Sasaran Intl Art Exhibition, Galarie Seni Mutiara, Penang, Malaysia

2014 : Sasaran Intl Art Festival and Exhibition, Sasaran, Malaysia

2013 : Namaste Nepal! Contemporary Artist Voices, Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, USA

2013 : Namaste Nepal! Contemporary Artist Voices, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount

Mercy University, IOWA, USA

2012: Arts of Nepal, The Art Center, Chicago, USA

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, L’Epicea Galleria, Briancon, France

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, E-Funktion, Cologne, German

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, Chautara Gallery, Almere, Netherlands

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, Berlin, German

2010 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Cafe Arora, California, USA

2010 : Art exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Kolkatta, India

2009 : Nepali Art Show, Holland

2009 : Impression & Colour” SAARC Art Show, Hotel Radisson, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2009 : Harmony, Reflections Art Gallery, Indore, India

2009 : Breaking Boundaries, Druk Hotel, Thimphu, Bhutan

2009 : Asian Art Festival, Changwon Asian Art Festival, South Korea

2008 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Belgium

2008 : Hotel Hyatt, Dubai, UAE

2008 : Himalayas of Nepal, Alpha Gallery, Seoul & Honggang Gallery, Ulsan, South Korea

2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, SomArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Gandhara Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2007 : Art exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Patna, India

2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Gallerie 25, San Francisco, USA

2006 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Chautara Gallery, Holland

2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India

2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Galerie de Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Den Blank, Belgium

2002 : Art exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Kolkota, India

 

Group Art Exhibitions (National):

2018: Dalai-La Art Space, Thamel

2017-2019: Himalayan Art Festival, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2017: Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara and Kathmandu

2014: Centenary Celebration of Poet Siddhicharan Shrestha, Painting on Poem, NAC

2013: Autumn Festival on celebration of 50th Anniversary of Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2013 : 20th Anniversary of Kasthamandap Art Studio, Sarwanam Gallery, Kathmandu

2011 : Sri Ganesh, Art Show at Nepal Art Council, SCC

2011 : Live Painting with Sukarma Music Group at Russian Culture Center

2011 : Live Painting with Rudra Music Group at Blue Notes

2010 : Samrishran, The Art Shop, Kathmandu

2010 : Peace – Paintings & Poetry, organized by Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kathmandu

2010 : IACC, National Level Paintings Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2010 : Grand Show, Rotary Club of Chandigarh, Sirjana Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2009 : Nepal – Bangladesh Art Show, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2009 : International Art Festival, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2009 : Alfresco, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2009 : 15th Anniversary of Kasthamandap, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2008 : World Festival, NAFA

2008 : Bagmati on Canvas, Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu

2008 : Amalgam, Exhibition organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2007: Sangalo, Exhibition organized by Nepal Lalitkala Manch

2007: Amalgam, Exhibition organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2007 : Sarbonam Art Exhibition, Art Council, Kathmandu

2007 : Nature’s Call, IUCN, Art Council, Kathmandu

2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, The Art Shop, Durbar Marg

2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, GTZ Office, Sanepa

2006 : Kasthamandap Autumn Show, Kiran Bhawan, Sanepa

2006 : In memory of “IBSEN” Exhibition, Embassy of Norway, Kathmandu

2005 : Anniversary Art Exhibition at Buddha Gallery, Thamel

2004 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Gallery Moksh, Pulchowk

2004 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Buddha Gallery, Thamel

2004 : Dhulikhel Art Exhibition at Singh Art Gallery, Lagankhel

2003 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Lazimpat Gallery Cafe, Lazimpat

2002 : Painting Exhibition organized by NAFA, Naxal

2002 : Four Men Show at Sirjana Contemporary Art Gallery, Kamaladi

2002 : “Children without art” organized by Jasutara Art Foundation, NAFA, Naxal

2001 : Painting Exhibition organized by NAFA, Naxal

2001 : Kasthamandap Group Show at J Art Gallery, Durbar Marg

1999 : Rangalal Bangdel Smriti Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

1998 : Four Men Show at C.S.I. Gallery, Durbar Marg

1996-2006 : 26th – 36th National Art Exhibition, NAFA, Naxal

1994 : Vision 51- Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Campus, Bhotahity

1994 : Group 37- Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

1993 : Human Happiness Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

1992 : T.U. Day Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Campus, Bhotahity

1992 : Human Happiness Art Exhibition, Sirjana Art Gallery, Jamal

1992 : Group Art Exhibition at Goethe Institute, Gana Bahal

 

 

Art Workshops & Residencies (National & International)

2019: Chiang Mai Art Connecting 2019, BlueChips and La Luna Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2019: Kyusyu International Art Camp, Fukuoka, Japan

2018: Hanoi March Connecting 3rd, Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University, Hanoi, Vietnam

2018: 5th KMUNTB International Art and Design Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand

2018: 2nd Andaman International Art Workshop, Krabi, Thailand

2017: Shanghai International Art Workshop, Shanghai, China

2017: Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara, Nepal

2017: Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation, Tirpuati, India

2016: Kuala Kubu Bharu Intl Art Festival, Malaysia

2016: Kalakriti Art Residency, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India

2016: Intl Spring Art Camp, Jammu & Kashmir, India

2015: Yogyakarta Intl Art Festival, Indonesia

2014: Sasaran Int’l Art Festival, Sasaran, Malaysia

2013: Britto Int’l Artist Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2013 : Dhampus Kala Yatra, Pokhara, Nepal

2011 : “Siddhi Charan Shrestha Satbarshi Diwas”, NAFA, Kathmandu

2010 : International Tourism Day, organized by Thamel Tourism, Kathmandu

2010 : Celebrating Lines, Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Center, Lalitpur

2010 : “Sadbhav”, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu

2010 : “PEACE” Painting & Poetry Happening at Residency of Norwegian Ambassador

2009 : Art workshop organized by Gurukul, Kathmandu

2008 : Art workshop organized by WAGON, Kathmandu

2007 : Sarbonam Art Workshop, Kathmandu

2007 : International Artist Day, Art Workshop, Kasthamandap Art Studio, Lalitpur

2006 : In Memory of Legend Artist R.N Joshi, Park Gallery, Lalitpur

2006 : In memory of “IBSEN” workshop at Residency of Norwegian Ambassador

2006 : Arts, Poems and Photographs at Bungamati

2004 : Poetric Expressions at Godawari

2004 : Numafung Art Workshop, Kathmandu

2004 : Dhulikhel Art Workshop, Dhulikhel

2001-02 : Kala Upaban, workshop organized by NAFA

2001 : Workshop organized by Voice of the Youth

2001 : Workshop organized by Artist’s Society of Nepal

2000 : Prashanta Smriti Workshop, NAFA

 

Mixed Media, Installation & Performance:

2018-2019: Art Judge, Real School of Nepal, a nation wide art competition organized by Dabur Nepal

2018: The Masks, Performance, Taragaun Museum, Hyatt, Baudhha

2014: International Live Performance Art, Bindu, at Nepal Academy of Fine Art, Kathmandu

2013: Video Installation, National Fine Arts Exhibition, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts

2013: KalaJatra, an art carnival, KCAC, Patan Museum

2013 : Installation and Interactive Art, Britto International Artists Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2012 : Arts from Earth, Residence of American Ambassador, Kathmandu

2011 : Installation, National Fine Arts Exhibition, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu

2011 : Installation on Menstrual Hygiene, Water Aid at Hotel Himalaya

2009 : Living Canvas, The gallery without walls, YDF Hall, Thimphu, Bhutan

 

Private Collections:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Nepal, Embassy of India-Nepal, Nepal Art Council, Himalayan Bank, Nepal Investment Bank, Sunrise Bank, Agni Group, Chaudhary Group, Fulbari Resort, Civil Group, Hotel Radisson, Hotel Kutumba, Museum of Nepali Art, Kathmandu Guest House, Ghalia Art Foundation-Kenya, Andaman Art Museum-Thailand, Vertical Gallery-Thailand, Flamingo Group-Vietnam, Sasaran Art Museum-Malaysia, Chautara Gallery-Holland, D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust-India, Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation-India, Kalakriti Art Gallery-India, and private collection in Nepal and abroad.

 

Travel:

USA, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, France, Italy, German, Netherlands, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Hungary & Austria

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