Shangri-La Girls School: A Thousand Stairs, 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in.
Shangri-La Girls School: Garhwali Himalayas, 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in.
Shangri-La Girls School: Out Of The Gates, 2010, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Shangri-La Girls School: Bal-Loon!, 2011, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Nambe Falls 1981, 2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in.
Shangri-La Girls School: The Way To Vincent Hill, 2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in.
Shangri-La Girls School: attari house plotting domination, 2010, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Shangri-La Girls School: Playing Rocks, 2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in.
Shangri-La Girls School: Playing Rocks, Detail
Shangri-La Girls School: Nalwa House Dorm (#2), 2009, ink on Rives BFK, 22 x 30 in.
Sort of like Harry Potter, but not. Perhaps a little more like Lord of The Flies.
My narrative paintings depict my experiences growing up within a high-demand religious group and, consequently, a boarding school in India. I’m interested in early life experiences and how they fundamentally shape our realities and perspectives.
My work takes place through an introspective investigation of memories: places, events, temperatures, textures, incidents, and people. I re-invent the specifics on the picture plane and proceed to work out the less tangible emotions that are connected to them.
The Shangri-La Girls School work recalls the ominous and pressure-driven atmosphere of the school and the community where the children had little to no autonomy or privacy.
What specific things I have experienced are exclusive, exquisite, and even acute. Yet through manner, gesture, and the materiality of paint I am able to discuss it and convey the palpable and universal corollary among us.
About the Artist
Narangkar Grover (b. 1974, New Mexico) is a visual artist living and working in California. In 1999 she received her BFA with distinctions from California College of Arts and Crafts. In 2011 she obtained an MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, Department of Art Practice and she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell MFA Award in Painting and Sculpture the same year. Her work is extensively exhibited in the Bay Area and across the United States.