Chila Kumari Burman
Brought up in Liverpool and educated at the Slade School of Art in London, Chila Kumari Burman has worked experimentally across printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography and film since the mid-1980s. She draws on fine and pop art imagery in intricate multi-layered works which explore Asian femininity and her personal family history, and where Bollywood bling merges with childhood memories.
The Bindi Girls are a series of female figures composed almost entirely of colourful and glittery bindis, gems and crystals. Meticulously handcrafted and embellished, they suggest a powerful yet playful femininity. From bindis and other fashion accessories to ice cream cones and ice lolly wrappers, Chila often uses everyday materials in her work, giving new meaning to items which others may see as worthless, cheap or kitsch.
Ice Cream has a particular significance in her work and references her childhood in Liverpool where her father, who arrived as an immigrant from India in the 1950s, owned an ice cream van and was a popular figure as he drove around selling ice cream for over thirty years. As well as paying homage to her father, her Ice Cream works evoke the awakening of her own creative spirit when as a child she would help out in the ice cream van and became immersed in a world of colour, flavour and materials.
Chila Kumari Burman’s work is held in a number of public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Trust in London, and the Devi Foundation in New Delhi.
1980-1982: MA in Fine Art, Slade School of Art, London.
1976-1979: Bachelor of Honors Arts degree in Fine Art Printmaking, Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University)
1975: Foundation Course in Art, Southport College of Art and Design
Solo Exhibitions and Special Commissions
2017- April 2018 Iluminating India, Science Museum
2017 Dec 1st to Dec 21st "Dada And The Punjabi Princess, Attenborough Centre, Leicester
2017 permanent - 2 Commissioned works, Wellcome Kitchen - Wellcome Collection
2017 Self - Portrait in Sugar, MAK Gallery, London
2017 ART NIGHT, East London
2017 Beyond Pop, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
2017 Artworks, 1830 Gallery, Halifax
2017 Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2017 Grace Belgravia, London
2017 Pop Art Exhibition , Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017/18. "The Great Print Exhibition" - Rheged Centre, 17th Nov 2017- 18th Feb 2018
2017/18. "Coming Out - "Sexuality, Gender, Identity Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 2nd Dec 2017- 15th April 2018
2017/18. "The Past is Now and The Britìsh Empire" Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 28th Oct - March 2018
2017/18. "Which Way North" Great Exhibition of the North @Great North Museum, 22nd June - 9th Sept 2018
2017. "Wilderness Way" Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, 17th June - 8th May 2017
2017. "The Place is Here " Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, 17th June - 8th Oct 2017
2017. "The Place is Here" South London Art Gallery 22nd June - 10th Sept 2017
2017. Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool
2017. Nottingham. Contemporary, Nottingham.
2017. Light Night Liverpool