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Desi Gods and Goddesses for the 21st Century

Work by Mythili

Exhibition preview

DESI Gods and Goddesses for the 21st Century, a solo exhibition by Mythili, her first in London, will be on display at londonprintstudio gallery from February 11 to March 11, 2010.

Mythili is an emerging young British artist from an Asian background. Her work explores the construction of contemporary identity, engaging with Western celebrity culture as well as Indian images and legends.

Mythili has already attracted interest from collectors and galleries. Working with a rebellious spirit, she combines traditional and new technologies in her painting and printmaking. Like Chris Ofili and Yinka Shonibare, she blends distinct traditions with contemporary art practice.

The exhibition features paintings of Indian deities – Hanuman, the monkey god; Krishna; Ganga, the playful river goddess; Vishnu, the supreme god; Durga the invincible goddess; Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and beauty; Ganesh the elephant god; Brahma the creator; Shiva the destroyer, and the ferocious goddess Kali.

But the Hindu deities are reinterpreted for the modern world. Figures from politics and contemporary culture surface within Mythili’s images. Krishna is seen as Michael Jackson, while Ganesh, the god who removes obstacles features Barack Obama, and the flags of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The exhibition explores scale and technique – how an image is repeated and transposed from painting to print, and features a suite of eleven collectable limited editoned prints by Mythili.

Desi Gods and Godesses for the 21st Century is the outcome of an eighteen month long collaboration between Mythili and londonprintstudio. The prints are published to coincide with the exhibition.

Originally created through a combination of traditional painting and printmaking techniques by Mythili, each print is then edited, computer manipulated, printed and editioned with archival quality inks on cotton rag paper. This creative process fuses tradition and modernity, and this is at the heart of the creative project.

Mythili will be working on her ideas for Elephant Parade during the exhibition. A large elephant exhibit will be decorated during the course of the show, and visitors will be able to watch its progress. Mythili supports the Elephant Parade campaign to help the endangered Asian elephant. The campaign is aiming to raise over £2 million for the Asian elephant and benefit more than 20 UK conservation charities.

Mythili is an emerging young British artist from a Tamil background. She has an MA in printmaking. Her work has been selected to feature in London’s 2010 Elephant Parade, alongside Tracey Emin, Jitish Kallat, and Chris Ofili, among others. Later in 2010, an exhibition of her prints will open in Bangalore.

Admission: Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 6pm.

londonprintstudio gallery, 425 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE