A bit about me – Natasha Kumar
Art and India are in Kumar’s genes. On her mother’s English side she comes from a line of established artists: her father’s Indian heritage she traces back to Kashmir and Afghanistan via stories of partition and lost family gold.
She has made her own name as an artist from the age of 17, when, earning a place by right in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition she found her etchings hanging on the same wall as paintings by her grandfather and uncle.
Kumar began with a first class degree in printmaking at Manchester. She studied printmaking and anatomy in the Venice Accademia and completed her MA in printmaking in Camberwell in London in 2000, winning the London Printmaking Prize the same year.
More recently she has had a 5 month solo show in Southbank, regular exhibitions at the Royal Geographical Society and in 2015 gave a talk; Rasa: Essence of India – in the famous Ondaatje Theatre. She pops up in less traditional art venues such as the Heathrow VIP lounge, Science Museum and the Institute of Neurology as well as at specific Indian events in The Taj Hotel, Asia House, Alchemy (Southbank) and at Saatchi. The Indian street art collection was installed in Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Soho for 6 months and her architectural series incorporated into wall design in the hot new Kricket restaurant, Soho. International representation includes Dubai, Hong Kong and New York but not India – yet!
Kumar has a dedicated and growing following of collectors. Her work is represented in private and national collections worldwide.
With husband, writer, Benedict Flynn and dalmation (named after her favourite place in India – Bundi), Kumar divides her time between thinking space a rural farmhouse with dedicated painting and printmaking studios, intense studio practice in London and increasingly longer regular working trips to India to gather images and ideas. ‘Of course, it’s always an excuse to catch up with family – I miss those chapatis – but I just love it all, I absorb it like a sponge. When I get back to the studio I am bursting with inspiration. I love sharing that feeling through my work and when I meet people’. A passion and practice firmly established as the words ‘a trip of a lifetime’ was the overwhelming response from the clients she took to her favourite and most inspirational places in India.
Kumar firmly believes in personal interaction with her collectors ‘telling the story, and explaining techniques, is so important and gives depth’,
so you will always find her chatting on the stand at exhibitions and the London Art Fairs.