Sumit Sarkar is a sculptor and painter working with digital and analogue techniques, taking inspiration from a variety of sources including religious iconography, science fiction and graffiti, with recent work inspired by VR and the 3D print process. Cutting edge technology is at the forefront of Sumit’s practice and recent projects include the exploration of the use of video mapping, motion capture, virtual reality and multi material and full colour 3D print.


Sumit has exhibited in various solo and group shows, with a recent residency and exhibition at the Colombo Art Biennale in Sri Lanka. He has directed public collaborative art projects in Shetland with UZ Arts, in Exeter with Mischief La Bas and in Finland with Spearfish. Sumit also works as a designer, curator and workshop leader.


2018       everything nothing, solo exhibition, The Gallery at Gateshead Library

2017        MESH, group exhibition, Manchester School of Art and Gallery Oldham

2016        Moving Out, group exhibitions at Sun Beach Hotel and Colombo Art Biennale, ZMAX Fairway, Sri Lanka

2014        Sevenesque III, solo exhibition at Z-Arts, Manchester

2011          Sevenesque II, solo exhibition at Brewery Arts, Kendal

2010         Kerst, solo exhibtion at Green Close Studios

2009       Ananta, solo exhibtion, toured to Lanternhouse, Ulverston, Leamington Spa Royal Pump Rooms,

                  DLi Art Gallery & Museum, Durham and Blank Space, Manchester

2006       Ananta Paintings, solo exhibtion at Cornerhouse, Manchester

2005       New Balance Exhibition, group exhibition at One Piccadilly, Manchester

2004       Ink Tank, group exhibition at Urbis, Manchester

2003       Disappear Completely, solo exhibition at Contact Theatre, Manchester

2002       Still Blue, solo exhibition at Creative Consultants Art Gallery & Lounge, Manchester

2001        Fresh Art Show, group exhibition at Business Design Centre, Manchester

2001        Degree Show, group exhibition at Manchester School of Art

Projects and Residencies

2016        Sura Medusa Artist Residency and exhibition at Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka with UZ Arts

2014        Animator and video mapping for HOAX by Benji Reid

2014        Animator and video mapping for Prelude to a Number by Geddes Loom

2013        AV Director for Exeter Riddles Finalé by Mischief La Bas and Exeter Council

2012        Animator and video mapping for Pinocchio by Benji Reid

2012        Designer for Everything We Need by Ben Mellor

2012        Lead Artist for the Engine Tuning (Buzzbeak) project for UZ Arts and Shetland Arts

2010        Director for the Eurocollaborations project with Spearfish for City of Culture, Turku, Finland

2010        Artist residency at Manjushri Buddhist Centre

2010        Artist residency at Green Close Studios, Carnforth

2009       Artist residency with beatboxer Jason Singh and DJ GKut for Eurocultured, Manchester

2007       Artist residency at Lanternhouse, Ulverston

"Sumit Sarkar works with the interplay of opposites, bringing together analogue techniques and the use of paper, pen, metal and stone with cutting-edge digital and robotic technologies. Drawing on icon, metaphor, science fiction and comic art, Sumit moves fluidly between painting and sculpture, and between figurative and abstract. "

words by Harriet Sharkey

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