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Jeram Patel View Artworks of Jeram Patel Back to Artist

He was one of those artists who rebelled against the prevalent modernist approaches of his times and forged a new visual identity and method of abstraction, radically changing the Indian art scene of 1960’s.

Born in 1930 at Sojitra in the Kaira district of Gujarat, Jeram Studied Drawing and Painting at Sir J.J. School of Art Bombay between 1950 and 55 and further studied Typography and Publicity design at Central School of Art and Craft, London between 1957 and 59.

 He has more than 24 solo exhibitions to his credit, held in both India and abroad. Jeram Patel has participated in  numerous major international and National exhibitions. He was felicitated with the National exhibition Award in 1957, 1963, 1973 & 1976. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London . He was also a  founder member of the short-lived artists’  collective group 1890. His works are in the collection of a number of museums and galleries in India and abroad. He taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.

Jeram Patel had a penchant for the mysterious. His burnt wood (framed) images have the tendency to sink deep into one’s psyche. Strong abstract images stir one’s depths and resurrect a new universe in time and space-space that is being controlled by the artist’s hand. Magical, mysterious forms emerge from within the vast but finite universe and tend to persist beyond time, quantitatively defining it through a creative engagement that becomes even deeper with Jeram Patel. Dramatic and forever engaged in a continuing dialogue Jeram Patel’s dark mysterious forms offer dramatic moments in free space that gets its meaning through his creativity.

The veteran artist passed way in 2016.


  1957-59 National Diploma in Design, Central School of Art and Craft, London



Selected Solo Exhibitions  

  2011 Recent Works of Jeram Patel, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata

  2009 Shridharni Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 Anant Art, New Delhi

  2006 Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2004 Gallery Espace, New Delhi  


Selected Group Exhibitions  

  2008 'Baroda: A Tale of Two Cities', (Part I), Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

  2008 'Keep Drawing', Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Palette -Part II’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Manifestations III’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Drawing ‘94’, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Exhibition of 28 Contemporary Artists’, Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, USA

  1989 Invited to Participate in an International Exhibition of Artists from Europe, America and Asia during 'East West Encounter in Visual Art', Organized by Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1985 ‘Graphic Art in India since 1950’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi   1985 ‘Graphic Print Exhibition’, Festival of India, USA

  1979 Asian Artists Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

  1973 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, USA

  1970 ‘Contemporary Indian Painters’, Tehran

  1969 Indian Painters, Kolkata

  1968 Five Contemporary Painters, KunikaChemould Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1967 ‘Seven Painters’, London


  2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  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 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'National Printmaking Portfolio', Marvel Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

  2008-09 'Paz Mandala', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1994 3rd International Prints Biennale, Bhopal

  1982 Festival of India, London

  1980 3rd World Biennale of Graphic Art, Baghdad

  1979 3rd World Biennale of Graphic Art, London

  1979 6th British International Print Biennale, London

  1977 XIV Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  1968,75,78,81 1st,3rd,4th and 5th International Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1963 Tokyo Biennale, Japan

  1963 Sao Paulo Biennale


Honours and Awards

  1997 Kala Ratna, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1994 Emeritus Fellowship, Government of India

  1992 Ravishankar Raval Award, Government of Gujarat

  1980 Fellowship, Royal Society of Arts, London

  1980 State Lalit Kala Academy, Gujarat

  1976 National Award for Design, India

  1960 Silver Medal, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1957,63,73,84 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

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