Award winning artist Natasha Kumar, is influenced by her heritage and travels through India. 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, annual exhibitions at the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2015 gave a talk about her work; Rasa: Essence of India.
This year (2018) Soho House purchased a number of pieces for their latest venture, Juhu Beach, Mumbai and Harland Miller personally selected her work from an international range of artists for the Rise Printmaking Prize
Kumar divides her time between 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 and the chatter – I just love it all, I absorb it like a sponge. When I get back to the studio I am bursting with new ideas. I love sharing that feeling through my work and when I meet people’. Kumar has a dedicated and growing following of collectors worldwide