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Kullu Perceived: Images of a Himalayan Valley

13th - 30th October 2014

The Prince’s Drawing School, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG

The show explores how the dramatic Kullu Valley (in Himachal Pradesh) has been a source of inspiration to artists for over 200 years. The focus is on three distinguished contemporary practitioners who have made work in the region: Oil paintings by Catherine Goodman, Drawings by John Nankivell and Photographs by Christina Noble. 


The work, though in very different media, is concerned with conveying the grandeur of the landscape, the culture of the Pahari people who inhabit it and the significance of its vernacular architecture. Each artist has explored aspects of Kullu – be it Goodman’s monumental landscapes, Nankivell’s detailed pencil drawings of wooden temples or Noble’s eye for capturing the ways in which people interact with the landscape. 


By way of historical context the show will include reproductions of some nineteenth and early twentieth century depictions of the area (such as photographs by Francis Frith, watercolours by William Simpson and paintings by Nicholas Roerich). 


Architecture is a key theme of the show and the gallery pays tribute to Penelope Chetwode (wife of John Betjeman) who was an ardent supporter of the temples in this region. Finally, a selection of invited artists and alumni of The Prince’s Drawing School who have visited Kullu will be showing work that offers fresh perspectives on this captivating valley.


With thanks to the Binks Trust, Caram Trust,

Gill Khosla and Cox & Kings for their kind support.




Curator: Shehani Fernando

Curatorial assistant: Harriet Howarth

Additional text: Sam Miller & Elizabeth Guest

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