Harminder Judge

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Year 2021
Medium Watercolour on cotton rag paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm
Nominated by Amrita Jhaveri
Top pick Martin Clark, Director, Camden Arts Centre

About the work

This work is part of an ongoing series of watercolours made during the 2020/21 lockdown as an aid to daily meditation.

About the artist:

Born 1982 Rotherham, Harminder Judge lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Northumbria University (2005); and Royal Academy Schools, London (Ongoing).

Judge’s work has engaged with many subjects but there is a continuous exploration of portals, be it spiritual, political, or personal. His performance work has weaved Indian folklore and mysticism with bombastic western pop music and live colour field painting; collided occult inspired dreamscapes with hazy laser penetrated reverse baptisms; and transported field recordings made in his family’s Gurdwara in Punjab across the world, and replayed them through a speaker lodged in his throat.

His most recent body of work engages a history of Indian abstract painting related to tantric ritual – borrowing techniques from Italian fresco and Indian reverse glass painting. Grounded in materiality, these ‘augmented plaster’ pieces are talismanic, transportative, negotiating image and object relations, the physical and metaphysical.

Harminder won the Arts Foundation Fellowship Award in performance art ( 2011 ); and was recently included in Tomorrow:London at White Cube. He has shown work internationally at venues such as Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai; The Sunday Painter, London; Halle 14 Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; and The Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2020 he co-curated the group exhibition ‘Our ashes make great fertilizer’ at Public Gallery, London. In 2021 Harminder will have solo exhibitions in Paris, Vienna and London.

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