Srinivas Surti was born in Hyderabad, India in 1970 and moved to the UK in 1978. He currently lives and works in Suffolk, East Anglia. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2002 and was a recipient of the Rootstein Hopkins Postgraduate Award in 2001. He also studied at Birkbeck College in 2005, Bretton Hall College in 1995 and Canterbury Christ Church University from 1989 to 1992. His work is held in private collections in the UK and India and has recently been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has also been continually involved in art education since 2005, previously as Senior Lecturer in Fine Art on BA and MA Fine Art courses at UCA Farnham and more recently as a visiting Lecturer on the BA Fine Art course at UOS, Ipswich. His studio is currently based at Old Jet - an arts centre based at Bentwaters, the ex US Airforce base in Rendlesham, Suffolk.
Recent projects have focused on re-working motifs associated with Romanticism and Modernism which now appear in forms of commercial display, packaging and spatial design. For example, the use of the horizon or grid within advertising as a backdrop to signify ideas of style, purity or exoticism. By combining sources from different cultural and historical contexts, the idea of the picturesque is restaged as a potential metaphor for cultural pluralism, which permeates through the poetic encounter with the everyday objects and spaces that mediate human relationships. Drawing and the process of translation between image and object or digital and material plays an integral role within this. It is a means to work in-between disciplines using the improvisational nature of collage as a method. The resulting work has evolved through different media including digital print installation, painted reliefs and sculpture.
Unboxed, Art Station, Saxmundham, Suffolk - May / June 2019.
The Collection, London Bronze Casting and Squire & Partners, London – May 2019.
The Sketchup Residency - May 2019.
The Annual Ipswich Biennale, Atlas House - 2018.
Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Attercliffe, Sheffield - March / May 2018.
30° Celsius, ASC Gallery, London - 2016.
Transitional Landscapes, The Centre for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA - 2016.
NO-ONE LIVES IN THE REAL WORLD, Standpoint Gallery, London - 2015.
BRUTE, ARTHOUSE1, London - 2015.
Cracks on Modern Transparencies, ASC Window Space Projects, London (2014-15).
Bounding Line - Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London - 2014. Solo show.
The Distance Between, Bond House Gallery, London - 2014.
The Zeitgeist Open 2013, Bond House Gallery, London.
The London Group Centenary Show, Cello Factory, London - 2013.
Ground Control, Elements Art Space, Bath - 2012.
Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix - 2011.
Space Cadets, Blyth Gallery, London - 2011.
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010, Jerwood Space, London and touring to Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham; South Hill Park, Bracknell; Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmaarthen; DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery.
SELECTED PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS:
Time Networks, A New Work Network Activator Project, Brighton - 2008/9
An exhibition of work by three artists – Siren Studios, London - 2005
Labculture residency, PVA media Lab at ArtSway - 2004
Unashamedly Conspicuous, New Greenham Arts - 2003
Temporal Luminosity, Openhand Openspace, Reading - 2003
Moksha Medicine, 491 Gallery, London - 2003
Reduced, Century Gallery, London - 2003
Stick em up! Century Gallery, London - 2003
VPAC Film Festival, Reading - 2003
Tunnel, Central St. Martins College, London - 2002
Chosen, Rootstein Hopkins Space, London College of Fashion - 2002
Common Cultures, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham - 2002
Ford, Ashley Gardens, Bethnal Green, London - 2001
Martin, Spitz Gallery, Spitalfields, London - 2001
Again and Again, Openhand Openspace, Reading - 2001
Under the Skin, Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Centre, Reading - 2001
2017 – 2019 Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture and Drawing. University of Suffolk.
2008 – 2016 Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, UCA Farnham.
Responsibilities and activities:
Level 1 and Level 3 Year Group Leadership.
Studio teaching within a multi-disciplinary studio environment, including Sculpture and Print. Unit Leadership for MA Fine Art. Dissertation Supervision for Level 6.
UCA Funded Research Project: The poetic image as an architectural motif of visual consumption. The work made for this project was exhibited in Bounding Line, a solo show at The Blyth Gallery, London in June and July 2014.
2005-2008 Subject Leader for Fine Art. UAL Diploma in Art and Design Foundation Studies. UCA Farnham.