Artist Profile

Arpana Caur

Born in New Delhi, Arpana Caur spent her college years studying literature; as an artist, she is largely self-taught.

Punjabi literature influenced Caur\'s artistic perspective. The literature and philosophy of Punjab contributed to the strains of melancholy, mysticism and devotion that may be felt in her work, while the Pahari miniature tradition provided inspiration for Caur\'s manipulation of pictorial space. Despite her diverse influences, Caur\'s subjects remain firmly rooted in the quotidian world of the woman, showing women engaged in commonplace acts such as daydreaming or typing.

The repeated motif of clothing in Caur\'s work both confirms and subverts the traditional picture of women. She lives and works in Delhi.