LN Tallur

Born in Karnataka, India, in 1971, Tallur L.N. lives and works between Bengaluru and Seoul, South Korea. He is the winner of the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art in 2012 and his work was featured at the first edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012.

He received a BFA in Painting from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (1996), a MFA in Museology from Maharaja Sayyajirao University (1998), and a MA in in Contemporary Fine Art Practice from Leeds Metropolitan University (2002).

Tallur uses sculpture, wall pieces, interactive work, and site-specific installations to expose the absurdities of everyday life and the anxieties that characterize contemporary society. His work incorporates handmade craftsmanship, found objects, organic and industrial material; symbols of developing India, often times creating a correlation between traditional and contemporary customs. The New York Times eloquently described the artist’s work: “each of his pieces is like a miniature curiousity cabinet, hand-assembled down to the smallest detail and packed with charmed and puzzling surprises.”

Tallur’s impressive sculptures and installations have been exhibited internationally, including at solo exhibitions in Germany, South Korea, India, China, and the United States. Selected group exhibitions include The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7), Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2012); Critical Mass: Contemporary Art from India, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2011); Meditation: Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum, Taiwan (2011); The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, UK (2010) and La Route de la Soir, Tri Postal, France (2010).