Dilip Sur


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  • ‘His paintings capture a psychological state of human beings and the constant flux they undergo or the reverie the human mind is absorbed in.  Sur’s recent work employs a literal vastness in the way space is unfolded and then released to extend meaning…representing a vast phenomenon within a restrained language.’ Peter de Francia

    Dilip Sur studied Painting and Sculpture at the Government College of Art in Calcutta before completing his MA in Painting at the College of Art in New Delhi, India. Subsequently he continued his postgraduate education in Painting at Byam Shaw School of Art (UAL) in London.

    Sur has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the British Council Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship; UNESCO Fellowship at the European Ceramics Centre at Den Bosch in the Netherlands; the Delfina Artist Residency, Spain; the Kunstbrucke Artist Residency, Berlin; the Evelyn Williams Drawing Fellowship at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Art and the Kakslauttanen Finnish Arts Council Residency.

    He has exhibited both in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belgium, South Korea and India; his solo exhibitions include shows at the Grosvenor Gallery, London, the Guild Gallery, Bombay and The Schoo Gallery, Amsterdam.

    Sur collaborated with Mike Figgis on the project, Just Tell The Truth, at the Royal Opera House. He has also spent the past two years collaborating with Kings College London on Drawing Life; the first part of the project was part of the public programme for the exhibition, John Berger: Art and Property Now, with its second strand conceived for the 2013 festival, Being / Human.

    He has been a drawing tutor at the RCA since 1996 and has taught at other institutions including Chelsea College of Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Art, The Prince's Trust and Imperial College London. 

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