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Jatin Das, Artists & Friends, Over Fifty Years.


At the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 17 - 22 November 2017

Preview 16 November 5.30pm

Eminent artist Jatin Das will exhibit a staggering 500 portraits, at the esteemed Lalit Kala Akademi this November, many of which have never been on display before. The
exhibition, Jatin Das: Artists & Friends. Over Fifty Years will be presented from 17 - 22 November 2017. The preview will be held on 16 November at 5.30pm.

Portraits have always been an important part of Das's artistic practice from sketching prolifically as a student at the Sir JJ School of Art to those of friends and passersby throughout his career - from artists Bhupen Khakhar, Souza and Krishen Khanna to photographer Raghu Rai and poets Dom Moraes and Gulzar, the diversity in sitters and variety of medium lends a fascinating insight into his Work.

In his own words:
“I grew up in Bombay. All artists, young or old, always did portrait sketches of friends in between work,over a drink; sketches on starched napkins at Sea Lounge. This was a regular practice of artists of theyesteryears... today many artists don’t sketch and some think doing a portrait is academic.
In the last 60 years and before, I recall doing portraits of my close friends, even in my early days at Mayurbhanj. My studio was in Shahpur Jat, next to my residence and 3 years back it shifted to Mehrauli,behind the 11th Century Qutub Minar. My assistant, Aalap Shah, an artist in his own right from Ahmedabad, found hundreds of portraits during this move. They were in oil, watercolour, ink and conté.

Many were surprises for me, like that of Ram Kinker Baij and Kumar Gandharva. Aalap planted the idea of a portrait exhibition and I got excited! I now have 700 sketches, done over 50 years, that are mounted and ready. And my dear friend, Pradip Das Gupta has photographed them. For the first time in my life I am cataloguing, archiving, and looking at my work done over all these years.”

The portraits in oil, watercolour, conté and ink will also be presented in a catalogue of the show.

Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi , Rabindra Bhavan, 35 Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi 11am - 7pm

About Jatin Das

Jatin Das has been painting for almost 60 years. Born in December 1941 in Mayurbhanj, Odisha, India, he studied at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay, under Professor S.B. Palsikar. He has held 68 one-man shows, in India and abroad and has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions and artist camps. He works in oil, watercolour, ink, graphics and Conté. From his mural

The Journey of India:

Mohenjo-Daro to Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament of India, to his welded steel installation at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Madhya Pradesh and most recently his mural at Bangalore airport, Das has worked with a wide range of materials and created several landmark murals and sculpture installations. His works feature in several public and private collections in India and abroad.
He has lectured extensively at art and architectural colleges, museums and public forums, sharing his art and his understanding of contemporary and traditional art forms with wide audiences. His commitment to art and artists and towards creating a sensitivity for art and aesthetics led him to a dream almost 30 years ago. Jatin is the Founder and Chairman of the JD Centre of Art in Bhubaneswar, Odisha that will house classical, contemporary, traditional and folk art under one roof. During the last 35 years, he has built a personal collection of contemporary and traditional art, antiquity and crafts that includes the enormous ‘Pankha’ collection – which consists of more than 6000 hand-fans. 

In 2012, Jatin Das was the recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award.

Murals and sculpture installations , include:

The Journey of India: Mohenjo-Daro to Mahatma Gandhi, oil on canvas, 7ftx68ft, Parliament of India, Delhi. Inaugurated in 2001 by the then Prime Minister.
Fresco, Birla Kreeda Kendra, egg tempera, Bombay, 1964
Welded steel installation, Bhilai Steel Plant, Madhya Pradesh 1996.
3 murals, metal sculpture, metal mobile; NCPGR, Delhi 2005
Façade mural, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK 2009
Painted mural, international airport Bangalore, 2014

Das has held over 68 one-man shows in India and abroad and has participated in major national
and international shows, including:
Konstforum – Norrköping, Sweden 2012 with Eva Zettervall
2 nd Biennale, Cuba, Havana 1985, 3 rd Asian Biennale, Bangladesh 1985
Tokyo Biennale, the 15 th International Art Show, Japan 1984
VII British International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK 1982
2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th Triennial India, Delhi 1971, 1976 and 1978
Venice Biennale, Italy 1978
Septième Biennale de Paris, France 1971

Das is Professor of Art at Jamia Milia University and has lectured at many art and architectural colleges and museums in India and abroad including: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad;
Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Pitt Rivers Museum, Cambridge; Harvard University, USA; Van
Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Rietberg Museum, Zurich; Stanford University, USA.
Conferred D.Litt. from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, 2015, Ravenshaw University, Orissa, 2010 and Utkal University of Culture, Orissa, 2007.
As well as the many graphic additions - etching, lithography and serigraph, Das has also designed postal stamps.
He writes poetry, member of the poetry group ‘Samovar’, 1963, Poetry Society of India, New Delhi.
As well as acting on Advisory Committees for many government, private art and cultural bodies, Das has donated work to many charities across India and played a key role in the reconstruction and rehabilitation work in an Orissa village after the super cyclone in 1999.
JD Centre of Art ( www.jdcentreofart.org ) was established in Orissa in 1997 to house Das’s collection of traditional and contemporary arts and antiquities, designed by eminent architect, B V Doshi.

‘Pankha’ : Hand fans ( www.indianhandfans.org ) Das has one of the largest private collections of Pankha in the world. Exhibitions have been held in National Craft Museum, New Delhi; Victoria Memorial, Kolkata; Fan Museum, London; National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; Reitberg Museum,
Zurich; National Museum, Manila; and the National Museum, Philippines. The collection will be donated to a proposed National Pankha Museum, New Delhi.

In 2012, Das was conferred the Padma Bhushan, India’s highest civilian award by the President of India.

About Lalit Kala Akademi
Lalit Kala Akademi, the National Academy of Art, was set up by the Government of India on 5 August
1954, and registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860, on 11 March 1957. In pursuance of the objectives set out in the constitution, the organisation functions through its General Council, Executive Board and other Committees. Lalit Kala Akademi is the Government’s apex cultural body in the field of visual arts in India. It is an autonomous body, which is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture though the Akademi is an independent organisation and has substantial independence in making decisions related to national and international exhibitions, events and providing financial assistance to artists and art organisations through scholarships and grants. Throughout the year LKA presents exhibitions and educational programmes, sustains a library, art collection, archives, conservation laboratory, and supports scholars and publications of pre-eminent intellectual merit all over the country. Central to the Akademi’s mission is the encouragement of a deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by a diverse local, national and international audience that it serves. 



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