Born in 1967 in Delhi, Rajnish Kaur completed Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in painting from the College of Art, New Delhi, in 1988. She followed this with Master’s degree from the same institution in 1991. Kaur also received a Post Graduate Diploma from the Chelsea College of Art, London, in 2002.
Rajnish Kaur’s paintings embody a youthful play of colours. Her bold application of paint on large surfaces reveals her expressionistic tendencies. The artist also seems to draw on the two-dimensional tradition of Mughal miniatures in the arrangement of her forms. Her oils on paper and canvas are an interesting confluence of spontaneity and deliberation. This dichotomy is also present in the way she handles colour – one of the most important aspects of the artist’s work. To arrive at a desired hue she builds it up by applying paint in multiple layers, creating rhythmic structures of lines and forms, which give momentum to the canvas.
Among her solo shows are ‘Untitled’ at Bodhi Art, Mumbai, in 2006-07 'Woven Memoirs' at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, in 2004 and others at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Art Inc., New Delhi. Kaur’s work has also been featured as a part of several group exhibitions including 'Unclaimed Spaces' at Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, in 2009-10 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art' at Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 2009 'Of Personal Narratives And Journeys' at Bodhi Art, New Delhi, in 2008 ‘Towards Abstraction’ at Bodhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2005 and ‘Paths of Progression’at Saffronart and Bodhi Art, New Delhi, Mumbai, New York and Singapore, also in 2005.