Culture & Lifestyle / Queen Elizabeth II Honors Indian-origin British Sculptor Anish Kapoor With Knighthood

Queen Elizabeth II Honors Indian-origin British Sculptor Anish Kapoor With Knighthood

Culture & Lifestyle Jun 16, 2013

British Sculptor of Indian-origin Anish Kapoor gained fame in the 1980s when he became known for making geometric and biomorphic sculptors using simple materials such as granite, limestone, pigment, and plaster. Born in Mumbai to a Hindu Punjabi father and a Jewish mother. Kapoor completed his early years in an all-boys boarding school in The Doon School in Dehradun, spending his youth in a kibbutz in Israel, and finally migrating to Britain to study art and attend the Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art and Design in the early 70s.  He lived in a thriving Jewish community in Mumbai who had fled from Baghdad after World War II. His enigmatic sculptures are testament to his cosmopolitan and vibrant life. 

"Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem"
Source: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

Although he is based in the UK, he has won several accolades and built an international reputation as an innovative sculptor for his unique designs that are known and celebrated worldwide. It is no surprise that this 59-year-old sculptor has been honoured in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honours list 2013 for his contribution to visual arts. Receiving knighthood is one of the highest honours in Britain. He is regarded as one of the pioneers and most influential sculptors of his generation. He also became the first living British artist of Indian origin to lead the Royal Academy in 2009. 

The Cloud Gate known as "The Bean" /Getty Images

Although he began his work in the 1980s with granite and marble, he began to experiment with pigments that characterized and made his first exhibit memorable. His exhibit was a high-profile affair titled the New Sculpture that was held at the exclusive Hayward Gallery in London. 

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In the nineties, Kapoor transformed and developed his signature style of working with polished stainless steel. These sculptors have a mirror-like appearance and often reflect or distort the viewer as well as his or her surroundings. Not only are his sculptures monumental and famous all around the world but are also have become iconic symbols for the cities they are in. 

Among the projects currently in the pipeline for Kapoor is one commissioned by the UK government to commemorate the British victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

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Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Time
Feature Image : Anish Kapoor with the "The Olympic Sculpture" – Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe