Erina Tamrakar

It would be easy to read that the preeminent themes of Erina Tamrakar’s paintings as only statements of self, identity, and gender, these works are foremost her consciously or unconsciously explorations of her personal journeys and experiences.

It would be easy to read the preeminent themes of Erina Tamrakar’s paintings as statements of self, identity, and gender. These works are conscious or unconscious explorations of her personal journeys and experiences. Tamrakar’s Third Eye series is rooted in the femininity of the subjects, expressed through deep reds. The recurrence of symbols creates a distinct opposition: the introspection of the silent, downward-cast eyes provides point of contrast with the dominant gaze of the third eye, open and red. The imagery of mirroring and reflection in her Couple series similarly speaks to the psyche of the artist.

Erina’s has focused on women and their relationship in her paintings that convey a strong commentary on society and surrounding. The personal moments of the female figures in soft colours and lines immediately attract the viewer’s attention. She is not the radical feminist who makes the established norms upside down. Her characters find joy in conventional roles of women. The seductive, voluptuous and monumental women figures sometimes turn their back to the world and observe themselves narcissistically. She does not crowd the background with clichéd images. As a result, the viewer’s focus is on the characters themselves. Some of her women figures veil or conceal their face or turn side way, perhaps because they cannot tolerate the male gaze. Sometimes, she uses umbrella as the protective instrument. And she creates the continuum of various umbrellas in terms of human situation, context and people. The works present the thorough study of the multiple aspects of umbrella.  May be this is the resistance but the mild one. The characters seem to have created their own world, and they are busy and enjoying within. The hurly burly and the rat’s race of the so called modern world does not matter for them. They find dignity in their own personal world.

Despite the change in style and images, the theme of concealment, veil and shyness is persisting in Erina’s works. None of her women look directly to the viewers. Instead turning their face backward or side way, sometimes, her female characters use umbrella, leaf and flowers as the veil to hide their feelings. The use of vines, leaf and flowers has further significances, that is, through these images she links women to the nature. She finds proximity in nature and woman in terms of creativity and nourishing power. The frequent attachment of flower throughout the female body has additional suggestion, that is, fragrance, beauty and vulnerability of women. The female figures may be the mirror image of the artist herself.

The artist also presents nature in anthropomorphic forms. The colors, texture and the shapes of women body resemble to the pristine landscape, huge rocks, cascades of running river and water-cut stones. The images of nature appear in human forms. The variegated colours, vines, leaf, flowers, and the rocks express the artist’s romanticism. She perceives nature as the living organism. Moreover, she envisions nature within human being and human being embedded in nature images. Sometimes, Erina presents her poems and paintings simultaneously creating inter-art relationship between vision and textualiy. She also recycles some of the images and motifs of Nepali manuscript illuminations. Despite being unconventional and altered, her colours present cool and comfortable feeling. The texture created using the layers of colours, arouse the tactile sensation in the viewers.

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

Assembly Member: Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu, Nepal (2071-2075)

Executive Member: JK Art Museum, Pokhara

Member: Women Artists Group of Nepal (WAGON)

 

Education:

2010: Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

1998: Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Fine Arts College, Kathmandu, Nepal

1986: School Leaving Certificate, Madan Smarak Ma. Vi. Lalitpur, Nepal

2008: Fellowship-Korea National University of Art, Seoul, South Korea

 

Awards (National):

2019: Theerchaaya Ratriya Kalashree Lalitkala Puruskar, Nepal Kalasahitya Dot Com Pratisthan

2017: Hem Ganga, Mahila Kala Prativa Puruskar

2014: Felicitation and Honor, Tamrakar Samaj

2013 : Master Tej Bahadur Chitrakar Award

2013 : Bhadra Kumari Ghale Art Award

2011 : Young Achiever’s Award, Today’s Youth Asia

2007 : Gold Medal & Arniko Youth Award

2005 : 1st Prize, National Art Exhibition, Artist Society of Nepal, Nepal

2000 : Third Prize, 30th National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association Fine Arts, Nepal

1998 : Consolation Prize, 28th National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association Fine Arts

1993 : Consolation Prize, Sirjana Contemporary Art Gallery, Nepal

 

Award (International):

2005 : “Old Wind” Award from Chinichi News Paper, Japan

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2018: Erina’s Paintings, Dalai-La Art Space, Thamel, Nepal

2018: Finding the Roots, Dalai-La Art Space, Thamel, Nepal

2018: Celebration of Womenhood, GG Machaan, Lalitpur, Nepal

2017: Tradition Subverted, Yala Mandala, Patan

2017: In Between the Third Eye, Park Gallery, Lalitpur, Nepal

2014: Windows of my Heart, Imageark Gallery, Lalitpur, Nepal

2012: With Love from USA, Red Carpet Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2011 : Avatars & Interpretations, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2009 : Silhouettes in Time -2, Imago De’ Cafe, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal

2008 : Silhouettes in Time, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2008 : My Days in Korea, The Art Shop, Kathmandu, Nepal

2008 : My Days in Korea, Insha Art Center, Inshado, Seoul, South Korea

2008 : Collections, Imago De’ Cafe, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal

2007 : Mirror of Woman, The Art Shop, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal

2006 : Woman in Nature, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2006 : Woman in Nature, SAARC Art & Craft Village, Kathmandu, Nepal

2004 : Reflection & Reality, Gallery Nine, Nepal

2004 : Nichhal Sparshaharu, The Touch of Purity, Gallery Nine, Nepal

2001 : Reflection of Life, Sirjana Contemporary Art Gallery, Nepal

 

Group Exhibitions (International):

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:   ‘Seven Continent of Fashion’, Art exhibition, Cannes Film Festival, France

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: Sasaran International Art Exhibition, Sasaran Art Gallery, Malaysia

2017: Yogyakarta International Art Exhibition, Jogja Gallery, Indonesia

2016: Khajuraho Art Festival, Khajuraho, India

2015: CPI 10th Anniversary, Seoul, South Korea

2015: Nepali Arts, LeSutra Gallery, Mumbai, India

2015: Sasaran Int’l Art Exhibition, Galerie Seni Mutiara, Penang, Malaysia

2014: Group Show organized by Mandala Fine Art Studio, Singapore

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: Group Show, Cafe Arora, California, USA

2009 : Contemporary Asian Art Exhibition, GHANGWON ASIAN ART FESTIVAL,       Seoul, South Korea

2007 : SomArts Cultural Center & Gallery 25, San Francisco, USA

2007 : Peace of Mind, Gandhara, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2007 : Living Canvas – 2007, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2007 : Hotel Hyatt, Dubai, UAE

2006 : Nepal Art Show, Nagoya – Shiaichi, Japan

2006 : Chautara Gallery, Holland

2005 : Reflection of Reality, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India

2005 : Peace of Mind, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2005 : Nepal Art Show (Nagpanchami), Hakkaido, Takikawa, Japan

2005 & 2008 : Group Show, Den Blank, Belgium

2002 – 03-05-06-07 : Camlin Art Competition and Exhibition, Kolkatta, India

2000 : Group Show, Paris, France

2000 : Group Show, Lhasha, Tibet

 

Group Exhibitions (National):

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

2017: Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara and Kathmandu

2014: Fragments of Mustang, Nepal Art Council, Nepal

2014: Centenary Celebration, Poet Siddhicharan Shrestha, Nepal Art Council

2013: Autumn Festival, on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

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

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

2010 : Grand Painting Exhibition, Sirjana Art Gallery, Lazimpat, Kathmandu

2009 : Separating Myth from Reality (Status of Women), International Art Festival,          Kathmandu

2009 : International Women’s Day, Group Exhibition, Hotel Annapurna

2009 : Anubhutika Char Bimbaharu, The Art Shop, Kathmandu

2008 : Bagmati on Canvas, Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu

2008 : Art Fair- 2008, Park Gallery, Lalitpur

2007 : The Art Shop & GTZ Office, Kathmandu

2007 : Sangaalo, Nepal Lalitkala Munch, Kathmandu

2007 : Amalgam, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2006 : Wearable Art Show at Kiran Bhawan & Garden of Dreams, Kathmandu

2006 : IBSEN – Art Exhibition, Embassy of Norway, BICC, Kathmandu

2005 : Art Party & Exhibition, Bhav Art Gallery, Alliance Franciase, Kathmandu

2005 : Anniversary Art Exhibition at Buddha Gallery, Kathmandu

2004 : Painting Workshop, Voice of Wall, Gallery Nine, Kathmandu

2004 : Buddha Gallery & Gallery Moksh, Kathmandu

2003 : Lazimpat Gallery Cafe, Kathmandu

2002 : Three Women Show, Lazimpat Gallery Cafe’, Kathmandu

2002 : Children without art, Jasutara Art Foundation, NAFA

2001 : Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2000 : Painting on Poetic Expressions, Bhancha Ghar, Kathmandu

2000 : J Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2000 : Group Exhibition “Arts de Neapal”, Paris, France

1999 : Rangalal Bangdel Smriti Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

1999 : Four Men Show at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

1996 : 2005 : 26th – 36th National Art Exhibition, NAFA, Kathmandu

1994 : X-mas Collections, Srijana Art Gallery, Kathmandu

1994 : Vision 51- Art Exhibition, Fine Art Campus, Kathmandu

1994 : Group 37- Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

1993 : Human Happiness Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

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

1990: Graphic Print Show, Goethe Institute, Kathmandu

1990 : Inter Campus Exhibition, Fine Art Campus, Kathmandu

 

Participated Art Workshops: (National & International)

2018: The First Art Workshop, Shamdung, China

2018: Hanoi March Connecting, Hanoi, Vietnam

2018: KMUTNB Art Workshop, Amphawa, Thailand

2018: Andaman International Art Workshop, Andaman Art Museum, Krabi,           Thailand

2017: Sasaran International Art Festival, Sasaran, Malaysia

2017: Yogyakarta International Art Festival, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2016: Art for Nature, Langtang, Nepal

2015: Nepal-China Art Workshop, Beijing, China

2014: Nepal-Bangladesh Art workshop, Sirjana Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2014: Fragments of Mustang, Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, Nepal

2013: Dhampus Art Worshop, Pokhara, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts & JK Art         Museum

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: The Big Draw, Peace Drawing Workshop by KCAC, Lalitpur

2010 : Thamel Mahatsav – Painting workshop, Mithila Yen Gallery, Thamel

2010 : Shankhu Mahotsav, Shakhu

2010 : Samrishran, The Art Shop, Kathmandu

2010 : Sadbhab, Art Workshop, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, NAFA, Kathmandu

2010 : PEACE – Painting and Poetry at Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence

2010 : Brihat Nabha Kala Karyashala, Bhaktapur

2008 : New Nepal, Nagarkot, Gurukul

2008 : Bagmati on Canvas, Kathmandu

2007 : Women for Women, Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Prerana, Nepal

2007 : Women Artist Workshop, WAGON, The Art Shop, Kathmandu

2007 : Sarbonam Art Workshop, Balaju, Kathmandu

2007 : Peace of Mind, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2007 : Painting Workshop, Fine Art Campus, Kathmandu

2007 : IUCN Art Workshop, Chitwan, Nepal

2007 : Itihansako Baki Pristha, SARBANAM, Kathmandu

2007 : International Artist’s Day, Kasthamandap Art Studio, Lalitpur

2007 : Impression of Manaslu – 15 days Arts and Treks, Manaslu

2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery

2006 : In Memory of Legend Artist R.N Joshi Workshop at Park Gallery

2004 : Poetric Expressions, Painting Workshop, Godawari

2004 : Numanfung Workshop organized by Numanfung Flim Unit

2004 : Contemporary Women Artists in Nepal, Paintings Workshop

2003 : Women Artists Painting Workshop, Artists’ Society of Nepal

2003 : Painting Workshop, Shuvatara School, Lalitpur

2002 : Painting Workshop for Bichalit Bartaman, Bashantapur

2001-2002 : Painting Workshop organized by NAFA – Kala Upaban

2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Voice of Youth, Kathmandu

2001 : Painting Workshop organized by F. M. Radio Sagarmatha

2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Artists’ Society of Nepal

2001 : Painting Women Artists, Painting Workshop by Rotary Club

2000 : Prashanta Smriti Workshop & Exhibition, J Art Gallery

2000 : Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Tibet P. R. China

2000 : Painting & Sculpture Workshop, French School & Alliance Franciase

1994 : Old Master Technique Workshop, Fine Art Campus

1994 : Nepal – India Graphic Print Making Workshop, Nepal Art Council

1994 : Collage Painting Workshop, Alliance Franciase, Kathmandu

1991 : Joint Visual Communication Workshop, Unicef, Kathmandu

2007 : International Artist’s Day, Kasthamandap Art Studio, Lalitpur

2007 : Impression of Manaslu – 15 days Arts and Treks, Manaslu

2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery

2006 : In Memory of Legend Artist R.N Joshi Workshop at Park Gallery

2004 : Poetric Expressions, Painting Workshop, Godawari

2004 : Numanfung Workshop organized by Numanfung Flim Unit

2004 : Contemporary Women Artists in Nepal, Paintings Workshop

2003 : Women Artists Painting Workshop, Artists’ Society of Nepal

2003 : Painting Workshop, Shuvatara School, Lalitpur

2002 : Painting Workshop for Bichalit Bartaman, Bashantapur

2001-2002 : Painting Workshop organized by NAFA – Kala Upaban

2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Voice of Youth, Kathmandu

2001 : Painting Workshop organized by F. M. Radio Sagarmatha

2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Artists’ Society of Nepal

2001 : Painting Women Artists, Painting Workshop by Rotary Club

2000 : Prashanta Smriti Workshop & Exhibition, J Art Gallery

2000 : Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Tibet P. R. China

2000 : Painting & Sculpture Workshop, French School & Alliance Franciase

1994 : Old Master Technique Workshop, Fine Art Campus

1994 : Nepal – India Graphic Print Making Workshop, Nepal Art Council

1994 : Collage Painting Workshop, Alliance Franciase, Kathmandu

1991 : Joint Visual Communication Workshop, Unicef, Kathmandu

 

Residency & Special Events:

2017: Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara organized by E-Arts Nepal

2012 : “Art From the Earth” at the American Ambassador’s Residence, Kathmandu

2011 : Nepal Tourism Year 2011, Dashrath Rangashala, Kathmandu

2011 : Menstrual Hygine, Hotel Himalaya, Water Aid

2011 : Honour CNN Hero-Mrs. Anuradha Koirala, Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza

2010 : South Asian Artists Camp, Puducheery Blue, Chennai, India

2009 : Women’s Right on Land, Jyamirkot, Lasana, Lalitpur

2009 : Talk Show, Nepali Women Artists in Nepal, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu

2008 : Korea National University of Art, Seoul, South Korea

2007 : Women’s Heroes, Jyamirkot, Lasana, Lalitpur

2007 : National Youth Festival, International Youth Delegation, Pune, India

2006 : Painting Residency Programme, Sikkim, India

1995 : Nepal – Bangladesh Art Workshop & Exhibition, Pokhara & Sundarijal

1992 : Annimation Workshop for Nepal Television, Kathmandu

 

Art Tutor: Kasthamandap Artists Group, Kupondole, Lalitpur

Travels: India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, Tibet, South Korea, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Japan, Austria, Hungary & USA

Members: Artist’s Society of Nepal, Prashanta Memorial Society, Women Artists Group of Nepal

Collections:

Nepal Art Council, Dwarika’s Hotel, Nepal Investment Bank, Agni Group, Everest Bank, Annapurna Hotel, NIC Bank, Fulbari Resort, VOITH Complex (Toyota), Annapurna Hotel, ACE Apartment, Hotel Radisson, Hotel Kutumba, Museum of Nepali Art, Kathmandu Guest House, Civil Group, Andaman Art Museum-Thailand, Vertical Gallery-Thailand, Asian Art Link-Vietnam, Sasaran Art Museum-Malaysia, Chautara Gallery-Holland, and private collection in Nepal and abroad.



Art Works

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Third Eye
$5,000
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Third Eye
$5,000
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Third Eye
$1,000
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Working Culture
$1,000
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Third Eye
$2,000
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Third Eye
$1,000
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Working Culture
$5,000
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Thrid Eye
$850
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Life in Covid-19
$1,000