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Jatin Das View Artworks of Jatin Das Back to Artist

Born in 1941 in the Mayurbhanj district of Orissa, which is steeped in the rich art and craft culture and a student of the Sir J J School of Art, Jatin Das is known for his dynamic human figures and his impactful and powerful strokes. He is currently working on the conservation and promotion of visual and plastic arts, both traditional and contemporary.

The multi-faceted artist has been an integral part of the Indian art scene for more than four decades with a vast and formidable body of work including paintings, murals and sculptures. The human body is an endless source of fascination for him and through his works, he captures not just human bodies in isolation but tries to capture the poetics of dynamic interaction between human bodies. And that’s what makes his works so distinct. Through his paintings, he brings alive the full bloodied intensity of life itself with his paintings of men and women, captured in the throes of emotional upheaval, portraying the plethora of emotions evoked as a result of the interaction of people with society and nature.

Rhythmic discontinuities of colour planes and rushing lines characterise his paintings. Jatin focuses on drawing out the subtleties of thought and feeling through the use of colour. In particular, it was his paintings of nude or 'bare figure' forms that brought him acclaim in the 1960s and 70s. Jatin Das has been also involved with art institutions, in several capacities: as a teacher at the College of Art, New Delhi, and at the National School of Drama, New Delhi; as a consultant for the Handicrafts Board, and for the Folk Art Museum, Orissa, to mention a few of the positions he held. In 1991, the Lalit Kala Akademi held a retrospective of his works. In his career, spanning 40 years, Das has held only 37 exhibitions, as he believes that painting is an intensely personal experience, the results of which cannot always be shared with others.

Das has held many solo exhibition including: 2010-11 'Hand-held Space', Museum Gallery; Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai, 2009 The Artists Alley Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2009 Chelsea Arts Club, London, 1976 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1975 Gallery de Sfinx, Amsterdam, 1975 Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, UK, 1975 Schloss Bellevue, Kassel, West Germany, 1975 City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK. He has participated in many group exhibition including: 1982 ‘Moderene Kunst Heute’, Museum of Modern Art, Darmstad, Kunsthalle, West Germany, 1980 Contemporary Paintings in Miniature Format, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1979 All India Exhibition of Prints, Chandigarh, 1979 Asian Arts Exhibition, Fukoaka Art Museum, Japan, 1978 National Gallery of Modern Art (N.G.M.A) Collection, Warsaw, Alleppo, Damascus, Narodini Gallery V, Loden, Prague, Cultural Centre, Niavaran, Budapest.

 

Education

  1957-62SirJ.JSchoolofArt,Mumbai

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

  2010-11 'Hand-held Space', Museum Gallery; Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai

  2009 The Artists Alley Gallery, San Francisco, USA

  2009 Chelsea Arts Club, London

  2009 'Earth Bodies', Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Body and Line’, Oil, Watercolors, Drawings and Graphics, presented by Gallery Art and Soul at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 Presented by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi at All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  2007 ‘Charged Figures’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata

  2006 ‘Journeys across Foreign Lands’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2006 1X1 Art Space, Dubai

  2005 Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece

  2002 ‘Retrospective: 40 Years of Drawings’, All India Fine Arts Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  2002 ‘Works on Paper’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

  1999 ‘Body Spirited’, Organized by Hudco and IHC at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  1996 Crimson: The Art Resource; Karnataka Chitrakala Parisath, Bangalore

  1995 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1994 ‘Retrospective’, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh

  1994 ‘Heads’, organized by Alliance Francaise at Le Corbousier Art Gallery, Chandigarh

  1993 ‘Women of Clay and other Paintings’, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1991 ‘Retrospective 1968-90’, Organized by ITC and Lalit Kala Akademi, at Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1987 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1986 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1985 The Times of India Presentation at Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1983 Sarala Art Centre, Chennai

  1982 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1979 Urja Art Gallery, Baroda

  1979 Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad

  1978 Arts 38 Gallery, London

  1978 ‘Hansalaya’, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1978 Zeitgendessische Ind., Kunst, Pastorat a. d. Johanniskirche, Werf, West Germany

  1978 Surya Galerie ’77, Frainsherm an der Weinstrasse, West Germany

  1977 ‘Drawings ’77 – Private Show’, Studio, New Delhi

  1976 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1975 Gallery de Sfinx, Amsterdam

  1975 Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, UK

  1975 Schloss Bellevue, Kassel, West Germany

  1975 City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK

  1974 Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1974 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1973 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1973 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1968 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1966 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1965 Gallery Chemould, Kolkata

  1964 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1962 Indo-American Society Gallery, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

  2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2009 'Indian Harvest', presented by Crimson- The Art Resouce, Bangalore at SG Private Banking, Singapore

  2005 ‘Silk Route’, ABS Bayers Gallery, Baroda

  2003 ‘Mappings’, ABS Bayers Gallery, Baroda

  2000 ‘Shatabdi’, Center for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1998 ‘Colors of Independence’, Organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1997 Vadehra Art Gallery and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1997 Art World, Chennai

  1997 ‘Enduring Lines’, Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Looking Glass’, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 ‘Modern Indian Paintings, 100 Years, Part I’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1996 Organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1995 ‘Indo-Korean Show’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) Gallery, New Delhi

  1995 ‘Tribute to Gandhi’, Little Theatre Gallery, New Delhi

  1995 ‘Cow’, Maneka Gandhi Show, Taj Palace, New Delhi

  1995 Inaugural Show of Art Today, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Mobile Creches’, Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Landscapes’, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1993 Surya Gallery, Hyderabad

  1993 Srishti Gallery, New Delhi

  1992 Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi

  1992 Gallery 88 and Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

  1991 ‘Connoisseurs Choice’, Habiart Gallery, New Delhi

  1991 Little Theatre Gallery, New Delhi

  1991 ’58 Artists’, Helpage, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1991 SAHMAT, Mongolpuri, New Delhi

  1990 ‘Tribute to Van Gogh’, Centenary Show, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 ‘Kashmir Relief’, Little Theatre Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 ‘Drawing Show’, Little Theatre Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 Drawing-7Artist’, Ganesha Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 Habiart Gallery, Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  1989 National Gallery of Modern Art (N.G.M.A) Show, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, South Korea & Ukohama Museum, Japan

  1989 ‘Centenary Show’, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1989 ‘Artists Alert’, SAHMAT, New Delhi

  1989 Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, New Delhi

  1989 3rd Asian Art Show, Fukokawa Art Museum, Japan

  1989 ‘Drawings’, Delhi Artists, CMC Art Gallery, New Delhi

 1988 ‘CRY’, Charity Show, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata

  1987 ‘National Drawings Show’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1982 ‘Kashmir Collection’, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, New Delhi

  1982 ‘Moderene Kunst Heute’, Museum of Modern Art, Darmstad, Kunsthalle, West Germany

  1980 Contemporary Paintings in Miniature Format, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1979 All India Exhibition of Prints, Chandigarh

  1979 Asian Arts Exhibition, Fukoaka Art Museum, Japan

  1978 National Gallery of Modern Art (N.G.M.A) Collection, Warsaw, Alleppo, Damascus, Narodini Gallery V, Loden, Prague, Cultural Centre, Niavaran, Budapest

  1978 National Kala Mela, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1978 State Exhibition, Orissa Lalit Kala Academy, Baripada, Orissa

  1977 Prints, All India Exhibition, New Delhi

  1977 Surya Galerie, Freinsheim under Weinstrasse, West Germany

  1976 ‘National Show of Portraits’, All India Fine Arts Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1972 ‘The Rejects’, from National Exhibition, Delhi Shilpi Chakra, New Delhi

  1972 ‘The Creative Eye’, National Exhibition of Photographs, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

  1971 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1971 ‘Loans from Private Collectors’, National Gallery of Modem Art (NGMA), New Delhi

 1969 ‘Art Today’, Rotary-Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi

Participations

 

  2011 'Celebrations 2011', Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Master’s Corner', organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi

  2010 'Contemporary Printmaking In India', presented by Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 Annual Exhibition, Center for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1995 Annual Exhibition of All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) Gallery, New Delhi

  1992 ‘Silver Jubilee Show’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1992 IV Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal

  1992 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala

  1987 ‘Festival of India’, Russia

  1985 2nd Biennale, Cuba, Havana

  1985 3rd Asian Biennale, Bangladesh

  1984 15th International Art Show, Tokyo Biennale, Japan

  1984 10th International Independent Exhibition Prints, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan

  1984 National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

  1964-84 National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1983 2nd Asian Art Biennale, Shilpa Kala Academy, Bangladesh

  1982 7th British International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK

  1981 National Exhibition of Drawings, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1978 ‘Art to Nature-nature to Art’, Venice Biennale, Italy

  1978 4th Triennale India, New Delhi

  1976 3rd Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1975 Documenta, Kassel

  1972 All India Graphics Show, Group 8, New Delhi

  1971 Septieme Biennale de Paris, Parc Floral De Paris, Paris

  1971 2nd Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1965 The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1964 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1963 73rd Annual Art Exhibition, The Bombay Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

 

Honours and Awards

 

  2012 Padma Bhushan by the Government of India

  2007 Conferred the D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar

  2007 Seminar Management Institution, Bhubaneswar

  2007 Bharat Nirman Award

  2007 Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity Italian Government, Italian President Award, New Delhi

  2006 Utkala Awards by Bengal Governor, Kolkata

  1992 IV, Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Contemporary Indian Art, (Award), Bhopal

  1989-90 Senior Fellowship, Department of Culture, Government of India

  1976 National Show of Portraits, (Award), All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1965 The Bombay Art Society, Governor's Award and Best Modern Painting of the Year, Mumbai

  1965 Maharashtra State Art Exhibition, (Award), Mumbai

  1965 The Bombay Art Society, (Governor's Award), Mumbai

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