Street art enters the gallery: “Deadline” and “H11235” at Siddhartha Art Gallery

Street art enters the gallery: “Deadline” and “H11235” at Siddhartha Art Gallery

Just before it’s over a quick post about a great exhibit at Siddhartha Art Gallery. I got to participate in the opening of two stunning young artists, Shraddha Shrestha aka Deadline and Kiran Maharajan aka H11235, with Kiran’s eye-catching cartoon-like paintings and Shraddha’s calligraphy influenced artworks. So finally street-art inspired paintings have made their way into the gallery!

The joint painting exhibition — ‘Holy Head Space’ by Deadline and ‘Life Is’ by H11235 — was kicked off on April 14 and lasts through May 10, 2016.

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Let me repost from the Himalayan Times which came out on 17 April with a nice article on the exhibition (with slight modifications):

Wondering why the artworks of these street artists are in the gallery? Shraddha and Kiran are the recipients of the Australian Himalayan Foundation Art Award 2015. Since 2010 the Australian Himalayan Foundation has been awarding Nepali artist from various genres — traditional thanka painters, contemporary artists, print makers and street artists — to showcase their talent. And the winners of this award put forth an exhibition of their works, this being the sixth edition.

The works on display prove the high calibre of these artists’ — and justifies their awards. The two artists have expressed themselves in awesome figurative forms using their brilliant concept, skill, and colours.

Deadline’s (more on the artist here) paintings spread across the ground floor of the gallery. Her works are based on religious figures of Hinduism — Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Parvati, Airawat elephant, Lord Narshigh, et cetera. Interestingly, rather than presenting their stereotypical images, she has presented them through extra terrestrial life, aliens and monsters. Fun to watch, the animated paintings are striking in bold neon shades — of pink, yellow, orange, green, et cetera.


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For instance, in ‘Family Portrait’ she has painted the family of Lord Shiva and their bahan (vehicles). Deadline has transformed Shiva, his wife Parvati and two sons Kumar and Ganesh into aliens through clever use of colours and modification of their physical features. Lord Shiva in blue colour has three eyes but does not have a forehead and hair. Three eyes are seen popping out forming a head with a long beard. Parbati too has three eyes in shades of pink, half of her hair is maintained in a bun and other half is kept loose. Then Kumar’s rectangular face has eight purple eyes. Ganesh with bright yellow round eyes and green body is wearing dhoti. Their bahan — bull, peacock, mouse and tiger — resemble soft toys.

However, works of H11235 (more about Kiran here) have serious tone — they compare and contrast the qualities of humans and animals. He has used the technique of photo realism, calligraphy and deconstructivism to create his works.


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In one of his painting ‘Beginning’, he has painted a new born baby of human and calf of an elephant. He has painted it in the grey backdrop with elements of calligraphy in white. The body of the baby and calf are merged — their different body parts are placed together to form one complete body. The body parts are placed in synchronised way, without any difficulty to watch the distorted form of lives.

Now at TINGS: fabulous small frog sculptures of MZN Shrawan

Now at TINGS: fabulous small frog sculptures of MZN Shrawan

Ten days ago in Kathmandu I had the chance to join in the opening of a wonderful exhibit of small brass sculptures by Shrawan Kumar Maharjan. This young artist was discovered by Thomas and Annette Tingstrup of TINGS LOUNGE HOTEL, my favourite place to stay in Kathmandu, who spontaneously fell in love with the artworks and their creator. This is Shrawan’s first show of sculpture ever and he impressed the public at the opening and enjoyed some good sales. (More info on the artist on separate blogpost here!)

To give you some more detailed information I am reposting an article from the HIMALAYANA TIMES, written by Sunita Lohani under the titel “The frog connection” which was published today, May 2nd 2016:


sculptures of frogs

All good things come in small sizes. Shrawan Kumar Maharjan’s ‘Follow The Frogs’ is just that. The tiny sculptures of frogs on display from April 22 at Tings Tea Lounge, Lazimpat, easily amaze you. Fusing Hindu and Buddhist traditions, cultures and legends, he has created intriguing sculptures under 18 different titles, taking you to a journey of his frog’s land.

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photos: Thomas Tingstrup and Beata Wiggen


Maharjan’s frogs are unique and interesting — they have the head and feet of frogs, but have human body. The physical features of humans and frogs seem to be blended in his works.

From three-inch ‘Baby Frogs’ to 11-inch ‘It’s Raining’, Maharjan’s works are of diverse nature. For instance, a 9.5-inch tall ‘Playing Instrument’ has a figure (man or frog) playing a flute-like instrument — it reminds you of the musicians playing flute in jatras of Newari culture. Innocence of childhood is evident in ‘Wheel Players’ and you are at once drawn to your childhood seeing this 7.5 inch tall sculpture. It shows a child playing with wheel.

This is his first exhibition, yet the artist, while doing Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA) at Banaras Hindu University in India, also used frogs to create artworks for semester assignments.

Why is he so obsessed with frogs? “It has a Kathmandu connection,” says Maharjan who was born and brought up in the capital. “It is believed that Kathmandu Valley once was a kuwa (pond) and the frog was the king of that pond,” he adds. Another belief — it rains when frogs croak — also inspired the artist to choose frogs as his motif. Among all his works, the artist likes his ‘Basket Carriers’ best — a figure with the head of a frog but a human  body, carrying a kharpan (basket carrier). “It reminds me of my childhood days when I used to see such people in Kathmandu.” ‘Playing kite in festivals’ has been inspired by the artist’s experience of flying kites in different festival when he was a child.

This is Maharjan’s first solo sculpture exhibition. All the sculptures have been made from brass. Being inspired by his elder brother, artist Jujukaji Maharjan, along with unique styles of sculptures of Kathmandu, he jumped into this field. Next time, he plans to blow off your mind with bowl shaped sculptures of wax with metal casting. The exhibition is on till May 22.


Shrawan opening collage sfeer TINGS

photos: Beata Wiggen