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 authenticity. By combining sources from different cultural and historical contexts, these tropes of visual consumption are re-created through objects that sustain attention as a form of content in itself. 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 across disciplines to frame the idea of the poetic-image as a palpable abstraction. Using the improvisational nature of collage as a method, the work has evolved through different media including digital print installation, painted reliefs and sculpture.
2002 MA Fine Art, Central St. Martins, London.
2005 Diploma in Web design & Development, Birkbeck College, London.
1995 PGCE Art and Design, Bretton Hall College, Leeds.
1994 PgDip. in Design (Cultural Communication and Interpretation), University of Portsmouth.
1992 BA (Hons) Art and Radio, Film and Television Studies, Canterbury Christchurch University College, Kent.
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 Projects / 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 – 2018 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 Pathway Leader for Fine Art. UAL Diploma in Art and Design Foundation Studies. UCA Farnham.