Biography

Balraj Khanna

Member:

Association of International Critics of Art, British Section

Society of Authors

Reference:

WHO’S WHO IN ART

DICTIONARY OF ARTISTS IN GREAT BRITAIN SINCE 1945

TRAVELLER’S LITERARY COMPANION TO THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT

THE MODERN LIBRARY – THE 200 BEST NOVEL IN ENGLISH SINCE 1950 by Carmen Callil and Colm Toibin , Piccador

NEW SPIRIT, NEW SCULPTURE, NEW MONEY – ART IN THE I980s by Richard Cork, Yale University Press 2003

NATIONAL LIFE STORIES, The British Library, 2006-7;

DICTIONARY OF INTERNATIONAL BIOGRAPHY 2009

Chronology

1962

MA Punjab University, Chandigarh , India Moved to England

1965-70

Lived and worked in England and France

1971-72

Worked as a Foreign Correspondent during India-Pakistan War leading to the liberation of Bangladesh. Painted BIRTH OF A NATION – BANGLADESH now with National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

1975-79

Executed Mosaic Mural for a private swimming pool in London

1981

Lectured on Indian art and personal development at Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester Universities, The Royal College, St Martin`s, the South Bank Centre, The Institute of Education, SOAS, MOMA – Oxford, the Hayward Gallery, the Serpentine Gallery, the V& A, the Bradford Museum, the Brighton Museum and other Venues

1981-82

Executed Painting Mural for Elven Precision Ltd Crawley, Sussex

1984
Awarded Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize by the Royal Society of Literature for first novel NATION OF FOOLS (Michael Joseph & Penguin)
1985

Awarded Mahatma Gandhi Prize for Literature by the GLC for Partition, a novel set in India in1947

1986

Represented India at Illkley Literature Festival

Represented India at Commonwealth Writers Conference, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh

1983-88

Chairman, Indian Arts Council in the UK

1986

Founded the Horizon Gallery, London

1985-86

Co-author with Richard Cork and Shirley Read of Art on the South Bank, an independent report commissioned by the GLC, published in 1986

1986-87

Member, Exhibitions Committee, Arts Council of Great Britain

1987-90

Member, Visual Art Panel, South Bank Centre and Hayward Gallery

1987-92

Commissioned by St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, to make five large paintings

1994-95

Member of Projects Committee, Arts Council of England

1993-94

Curated KALIGHAT PAINTINGS-1930, Popular Indian Art, an Hayward Gallery touring exhibition from the collections of the British Museum, the V&A and others, at the Leicester Museum; the City Art Centre; Edinburgh; the Bradford Museum; MOMA, Oxford and at the V&A, London

1997-1998

Curated KRISHNA – THE DIVINE LOVER, an Hayward Gallery touring exhibition of 16th-19th century Indian miniature from the V&A, the British Museum the British Library and other public collections.: the Whitechapel Gallery, London, followed by shows as Huddersfield Art Gallery; Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; Brighton Museum

1997-99

Mosaic Mural Commission, Museum of Modern Art Wales, the Tabernacle, Machynlleth, Wales

1997-98

Painting Commission for the Conquest Hospital, Hastings

1999

NATION OF FOOLS adjudged as one of the 200 Best Novels in English

2000-01

01 Curated HUMAN AND DIVINE 2000YEARS OF INDIAN SCULPTURE an Hayward Gallery National Touring Exhibition at the new Walsall Art Gallery; Sainsbury`s Art Centre, Norwich; Southampton City Art Gallery

2001

Commissioned to paint the Safety Curtain, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, one of the Largest work of Public Art in the UK

2006

HOW TO IMPROVE THE WORLD – 60 Years of British Art 1945-2006 Hayward Gallery, London