CURATOR

Gourmoni Das

Gourmoni Das grew up in the rich cultural heritage of Tripura. After soaking in all the beauty and diversity of the Northeast, he embarked on a journey to Mumbai and joined Sir JJ School of Art in 2012. His four intense years there extended much beyond the classroom, and today he is managing, curating and reviving art in multifarious ways.

Gourmoni staunchly believes that art should serve both purposes of aesthetics and politics. But most importantly he wishes to tone down the complexity of the art world -- make it less intimidating and more approachable. Curating and managing Nine Fish Art Gallery since 2018 is a step in that direction. Gourmoniseeks to identify the missing links between artists and their audiences and change the ways art is consumed. A peek into his own paintings throws light on his politically and socially charged mind. The seeds of which had been sown in him in his early days. He is a thinker and a doer. Nurturing local artists from around the country and sustaining old crafts, are his ultimate goals.

Passionate and self-motivated, Gourmoni understands that stretching limits and gathering new perspectives is the way ahead. An affable persona and the aptitude to understand different psyches come very naturally to him. Fostering a new wave of talent as well as working with revered artists, he wants to make this an aesthetic/market space known for its synergistic philosophies.

Achievements/ Exhibitions:.
2012      Merit certificate in Annual Art exhibition, Sir JJ School of Art.
2013      Late Prof. Hemant Thakre Award in Annual Art exhibition, Sir JJ School of Art.
2015      Govt. 3rd award (Maharashtra) in Annual Art exhibition, Sir JJ School of Art.
2015      Bardhhaman the Gallery of Art Award in Annual Art exhibition, Sir JJ School of Art.
2016      Professor B.N. Sukhadwala Prize, University of Mumbai.
2016      The Freny & Erach Jamshedji Dastur Trust Foundation Prize, University of Mumbai.

Participation:
2013      Jaipur Fresco workshop, Sir JJ School of Art.
2014      Celebrate Bandra Festival, Times of India, Mumbai.
2014      Students Exhibition, Kochi Muziris Biennale.
2015      "FUTUR" foundation workshop (Switzerland) , Sir JJ School of Art.
2015      37th Monsoon show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2016      Edelwiess Palette 16.
2016      "National Art Camp".
2017      Lalit Kala Regional Art Camp & Seminar.
2017      HUB 09 – memory of Late Prof. K.G. Subramanyan.
2018      HUB 10 – TALE OF TWO CITIES

Professional Work/ Experience:
2015-2016      Fellowship at Sir. J.J. School of Art.
2015      Founder & Director of the Art Organization –"Dot Line Space".
2015      Created Murals for Residences, Societies & Private Organisations.
2016      Organized a "National Art Camp" in Wada, Palghar, Maharashtra.
2016      Worked in Ceramics at Anvi Pottery, Indapur, Maharashtra
2018      Curator, Nine Fish Gallery, Byculla, Mumbai

Curation and Art Exhibitions Organised:
2017      Organised Art 35 – a 4 day art festival and carnival of affordable art, Byculla, Mumbai.
2017      Exhibition - Retro Realism In a Post-Modern World, Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2018      Organised Art 35 – a 4 day art festival and carnival of affordable art, Byculla, Mumbai.
2018      Exhibition - Contemporary Trajectories, Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2018      Exhibition -Re-Unveiling Kolte, Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2019      Exhibition -Trilogy, Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2019      Exhibition -Mutant Spaces, Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai.