“I use my hands mostly to sketch and then create clay moulds, no computers for me, For me, a sculpture and toy are both about the feel of material. Neither is a mechanical process”
Arunkumar was born in the year 1968 in Karnataka. He did his Bachelors and Master degree in Fine Art, specializing in sculpture, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. His saculptures and prints identify the troubled relationships between nature and humans. His susceptibility towards the neo-pop movement is more than evident in his usage of readymade objects such as toys, plastic, cow dung, ceramic, hay and TV monitors. It would not be an exaggeration to say that his works sometimes are very simple yet they convey a message which is far more intricate and complex which stands in stark contrast to its outward appearance.
Some of his previous works include photographs, and inflatable sculptures made of canvas, latex, synthetic fur, rubber, foam and fibreglass. His solo shows include ‘Feed’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2006; ‘Inflatable works’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2001; and Studio Gallery, Garhi Artist Studio, New Delhi, 1997. Arunkumar is also an active member of Khoj Artist Collective, a contemporary art organisation that facilitates international art dialogue and artist exchange, and has completed residences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 2005, and the University of South Australia, Adelaide, in 2007. Kumar works with a team of 50 others and entrepreneur Rahul Bhatia at his unit in Gurgaon.