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Known as the first modernist master of Indian art, he reinvented the trope of western modernism in an Indian context and synthesises it with Indian folk art forms.

Jamini Roy was born in 1887 in a small village in Beliatore, Bankura district of West Bengal. He joined the Government School of Art, Kolkata in 1903. He began his career by painting in the post impressionistic genre of landscapes and portraits. But after mastering these genres, he drifted towards folk art to find his roots with folk inspired paintings in order to evolve a distinct style of his own. And Jamini Roy’s distinct style indeed became a string socio-cultural and political statement as it became symbolic of a culture trying to find inspiration in its own roots and rich artistic tradition rather than looking towards the west for inspiration.

Infact, his rejection of the then ‘modern’ style of painting and his foray into the realm of Bengali   folk paintings marked a new beginning in the history of Indian art.    Jamini Roy had always tried to preserve certain basic forms, colour and patterns. His subjects are taken from the people around him; the village folk in particular such as the Bauls, Bauris, Santhals or Mallas appear very often. He attempts to shed the non- essentials in his search for certain universal elements and reaches a stage where his figures, shorn of frills and decorations, attain a frieze- like architectonic qualitiy.

Roy had numerous one man exhibitions and group shows in both India and cities abroad including London and New York. His works can be found in many prvate collections as well as institutions and museums across the world, including the Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi and museums in Germany and the USA.

He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1955. Jamini Roy passed away in 1972 in Kolkata.

 

Education  

  1903-08 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government School of Arts and Craft, Kolkata  

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  

  2015 'Jamini Roy (1887 - 1972): Journey to the Roots', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Mumbai

  2015 AkarPrakar, Kolkata

  2013 'Panoplism', Nature Morte, New Delhi

  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

 2012 'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', prsented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai

  2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

  2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day', Aicon Gallery, London

  2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  2011 'The Fish Eyed Cosmos', Apparao Galleries, Chennai

  2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

  2011 'The Emergence of Indian Modern Art', Aicon Gallery, London

  2010 'Modern Folk: The Folk Art Roots of the Modernist Avant-Garde', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead

  2009 'In Search of the Vernacular', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2009 'Kalpana: Figurative Art in India', presented by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London; The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

  2009 'Moderns and More', Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto

  2008 'Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005', Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA

  2008 'Post Independence Masters', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2005 ‘Manifestations III – 100 Artists of Contemporary Art’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2004 ‘Manifestations II – 100 Artists of Contemporary Art’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Manifestations I – Indian Art in the 20th Century’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at World Trade Centre, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Exhibition of Works of Jamini Roy’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Poetry and Patriotic Fervor’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Indian Art Pre-Independence’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2000 ‘Face Off 1900-1980s. An Exhibition of Indian Old Masters and Moderns’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2000 ‘Art of Bengal : Past and Present 1850-2000’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1998 ‘Temperas and Sketches’, Art Bazar, Kolkata

  1998 ‘The Simplicity of a Pioneer’, The Window, Mumbai

  1997-98 Jamini Roy: Bengali Artist of Modern India, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  1997 ‘Art of Bengal 1850-1950 : Calcutta Metropolitan Festival of Art’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1995 ‘From Seeds to Flowers – Jamini Roy and His Roots’, Romain Rolland Galerie, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

  1990 ‘Centenary Exhibition’, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1987 ‘Centenary Exhibition’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1987 ‘Centenary Exhibition’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 1953 New York

  1946 Exhibition inaugurated by E.M. Forest, Burlington Gallery, London

  1938 British Indian Street, Kolkata

  1937 Samavaya Mansions, Kolkata

  1929 Government School of Arts and Craft, Kolkata

 

Honours and Awards

  1967 Awarded honorary D. Litt., Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

  1956 Elected Fellow, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1955 Awarded Padma Bhushan, Government of India

rded Viceroys Gold Medal for ‘Mother Helping the Child to Cross the Pool’.
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