Ganga Narayan

Ganga Narayan

Distant Lands
Gouache on paper
30 x 18 Inches
Spoliated Memories IV
Gouache on paper
30 x 18 Inches

Ganga Narayanan (b.1998, Kannur, Kerala, India) completed her BVA in Painting and MVA in Mural at Maharaja  Sayajirao University, Baroda, 2023. Her works have been exhibited in group shows at  Gallery 079, Ahmedabad, 2023; Raw Collaborative, Space Studio, 2022; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2022; 4th Edition of Kochi Muziris Students’ Biennale, 2021 and Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship Show, MSU, Baroda, 2019. 

Ganga has been awarded the K. Karunakaran Memorial Scholarship, Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi, 2023 and Padma Shri Ramgopal Vijayvargiya Samman, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi and Kalavritt, Jaipur in 2021. She has been a grantee for the BICAR Writing Fellowship for Artists, Space Studio, Baroda, 2022 and has worked with IGNCA in collaboration with the Postal Department, Gujarat. 

Born in Kerala and raised in Delhi, Ganga questions the influence of one’s roots or the culture they grew up in on the creation of identity. Weighing them against each other, Ganga’s practice explores her ambivalence regarding her own cultural identity with the use of watercolour and gouache. By visualising her anecdotes, she brings to life the multiple identities she harbours, that constantly remind her of her hybrid state. Fictitious creatures as well those from her observations, find their way into her works as she talks about the relationship between self, home. Inspired by Indian and Persian Miniature traditions, Ganga treats each line with intricacy and precision. She is also intrigued by the rhythmic patterns observed in her surroundings and calls their presence in her work an extension of her and her musicality.

Ganga Narayanan lives and works in New Delhi, India.

Enroute Kerala, 2024
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 11 Inches
What Lies Within, 2024
Gouache and graphite on paper
19.5 x 27.5 Inches (With Frame 24.6 x 32.8 Inches)