Works

Dhanjal’s artworks, writings, installations and performances are imbibed with the spirit of Indian values with the essence of village life taking their expression in the set standards of Western artistic mode. The formative study which he undertook at Chandigarh art school during his mid-twenties, gave him the concept of making objects, which he continued doing for many years. Time and intense experimentation refined his vision and practice, and his work eventually culminated in a body of non-figurative art and kinetic experiments in various mediums like metal, stone, wood and with the combinations of all; setting up his creations outdoor, both the creation and the environment supporting each other. His installations consist of sculptural objects that take the forms as stools, benches, steps, wells and pavement slabs; these acts as visual accessories designed to involve viewer in its wholeness physically as well as spiritually, thus, establishing a fine balance between the creator and the viewer.[5] He incorporates various elements in his installations like stones devoid of all human intervention save the little niches carved out to inculcate other elements like water and fire. His Slate works finds evocative of the depth of darkness of the night in the rural Punjab.

Therefore, Dhanjal is one artist, who has produced extraordinary work of international quality for an artist to be in the centre stage. His work has the quality of transcending oneself from mundane to the higher realms – Jacques Rangasamy.[6]

Current Projects

  • Searching for Light – In continuation of series of works in Slate & Candles, alluding to the dark nights in the village, where I grew up in India, present work using camera as a tool to capture the spirit of the dark nights in black and white images.
  • Limitless – "Where scientist’s logic stops, the artist’s" intuition picks up’.

Through my new work on paper and in my writing I am exploring the limitlessness of the space in art in the universe. I am using artist’s intuition to imagine the limitlessness of the universe. I am using the same intuition that was used by Democritus and Anaxagoras to postulate their theory of nuclear structure.

Exhibitions

2015 Apr–May, 'Power of Silence'-Exhibition of Photographs and Drawings at Diversity Gallery, Butetown History & Arts Centre, UK 2007 Feb–Mar, ‘Third Culture’, Kaapeli, Helsinki, Finland. Apr–May, ‘Their Culture’, Rundetaarn, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2006 Kala Maitri, The Museum of Fine Arts, Chadigarh, India.

2005 ‘3 in1’, OR Gallery, – Malmö, Sweden.

2003 The Gallery, Bristol, England (The Edward Wilmot Blyden Project). ‘Exo Art’, Art Hall, Porvo, Finland.

2001 ‘Outside of Inside’, Vienna, Austria. Dialogue, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2000 ‘Autumn Saloon’, Palace, Krakov, Poland. ’Participation’, Helsinki, Finland.

1997 Survey show organised by Institute of International Visual Arts, London held at the Pitshanger Manor Museum.

1995 Freedom Exhibition for Amnesty International at Glasgow Museum, Baths Gallery Belfast, City Gallery Southampton

1991 Participated in 'the South of the World' show at Galleria Civica d'arte Contemporanea, Marsala, Sicily.

1989 Participated in 'the Other Story' at the Hayward Gallery, London.

1983 Show at Springe Museum, Springe, Germany.

Public Commissions

1999 Commission for Thorpe Meadow Millennium Youth Hostel, Peterborough (uncompleted)

1998 Commission for Swan Bank, [1], Coventry. Commission for [Emslie Horniman Pleasance][2], London Invited to exhibit at Palais de Nations, Geneva September 1999

1997 Developed the master plan for Farm Park, (12 acre inner city Park) Birmingham. (Not materialised)

1996 Commission for [3], Bradford

1992–96 Lead Sculptor for Maltings Park, a 10-acre (40,000 m2) space for the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, a conceptual piece of sculpture that will weave through the whole park [4]; [5]; [6].

1992 Installation 'Five Thousand Candles for Justice' at the Parque Ibrapuera for the [Museu de Arte Contemporanea][7], São Paulo, Brazil.

1991 An environmental sculpture for the city of Chandigarh, India

1989 Public sculpture for Senneley's Park in Birmingham.

1983 '83 Steps' at Margam Park, South Wales.

1987 Invited participant in Intl. competition for Galton Valley, Birmingham. (not materialised)

1986 Public sculpture, 'Dunstall Henge' at Peace Green, Wolverhampton.

1985 Two installations for St. Louis Arts Festival. '15 Floating Flames' at the Grand Basin in the City Park and 'Peace Maker' in Maryland Plaza.

1981 Public Sculpture for Bodicote House, Banbury, Oxon.

1977 Sculpture for [8]

Selected bibliography

  • Monograph published by the Institute of International Visual Arts, 1997

(Available from [InIVA][9], London, Cornerhouse, Manchester)

  • 'Fire, Water & Stone' by S. Hourahane, [Ryusei Ikebana][10], Japan p 13-17 Aug.1991.
  • 'Worlds meet in Dhanjal's Art' by C. Andrea, The Christian Science Monitor, 7.1.91 p 10.
  • 'Acontece' by Alvaro Machado, [Folha de S.Paulo][11], 6.10.1990 p.f11.
  • 'Homeland and Foundland' by [S. Hourahane][12], the [13] London 8/9 1989 p 165-172.
  • 'Art in Action' by Bill Lonsdale, Landscape Design London, Oct. 1987 p 24-27.
  • 'Peace through Sculpture' by Victor Volland, [St. Louis Post Dispatch][14] 28.3.1985 p. 16a.
  • 'Avtarjeet Dhanjal' by Shelagh Hourahane, Sculpture in a Country Park, 1983, Welsh Sculpture Trust, p 84-87.
  • 'Hrastovi Mostovi Pod Gorjanci' by Jelka Sprogar, 7d' Ljublijana Sep. 1982, p 8-10
  • 'A Punjabi Sculptor in London' by [Arpana Cour][15], [Indian Express, India][16], 11,11,1978 p 5.
  • 'Sculptures that Sways in the Breeze' by Asif Khan, Morning Echo New Delhi 3.10.1978.

Media Coverage

References

  1.  http://www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20010217/region.htm Retrieved, 28 January 2010
  2.  iniva. "Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts". www.iniva.org. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  3. "Power of Silence - Avtarjeet Dhanjal - Culture Colony". ccqmagazine.com. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. chdmuseum.nic.in. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. Jacques Rangasamy, Mirror, mirror on the wall, Beyond Frontiers, Saffron Books p 179-183
  6. In 1991, in the group exhibition “the other story” at the Hayward Gallery, Jacques Rangasamy was asked by the gallery to organise exhibition tours, he started each of his tour from Dhanjal’s work space and ended it there. (source- A talk with Jacques Rangasamy)