Behind The Frame

Jatin Das

Jatin Das

Jatin Das is counted with reverence among India’s contemporary artists. Das shines like the northern star in the various venues of artistic expression be it painting, graphic art, sculpture, murals or even poetry. In 2012, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan, India’s highest civilian award by the President of India for his contribution to art. His national and international art shows and artist camps are much awaited and find overwhelming attendance. His works have made it into the homes and spaces of some popular collectors and art lovers in India and abroad.

Das’s paintings are of people. His love for the human form finds dynamic ways of expression under his watchful eye and gifted hand. His paintings are chiefly of man-woman relationship. At times the paintings speak crisis, at times, mere contact progressing to disclosures, emotional tensions, and the many other myriad of human expressions. Jatin Das also has a rather pet hobby – collecting pankhas (hand fans). He started 28 years ago and today owns over 6500 fans and related objects, a majority of which are from the Indian subcontinent. The collection will eventually be housed in a National Pankha Museum in New Delhi. A book on the subject, ‘To Stir the Still Air’ is expected to be published very soon.

When one talks about Jatin Das, it is incomplete without a mention of his philanthropy. He liberally donates to charities in India and overseas. He is noted for his active relief and rehabilitation work of a village in Orissa after the super cyclone in 1999. Jatin Das lives and works out of New Delhi, India.

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Sir J.J. School of Arts, Bombay


2011 Galleri Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden

2011 Red Art Gallery, Collaboration Gallery Art & Soul, Baroda and Mumbai

2010 Museum Gallery, presented by Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai

2009 The Artists Alley Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2007 Jehangir Art Gallery, Presented by Art & Soul Gallery, Mumbai

2006 1x1 Art Space, Dubai

2005 Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece

2002 Retrospective: 40 years of Drawings, AIFACS, Delhi

2001 Art Today (C.P.), New Delhi

1995 Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

1994 A Retrospective: Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh

1993 Heads, Le Corbusier Art Gallérie, Alliance Française, Chandigarh

1992 "Woman of Clay" AIFACS galleries, New Delhi

1992 Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri Presentation, AIFACS, New Delhi

1986 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta

1987 Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

1985 Times of India "Man and Woman". Shridharini Art Gallery, New Delhi

1979 Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad

1978 Arts 38 Gallery London

1977 Frainsherm an der Weinstrasse, Surya Gallery, West Germany

1976 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

1975 The Garden Gallery, Loughborough, UK

1975 Schloss Bellevue, Kassel, West Germany

1975 Bharat Verein e.V., Frankfurt, West Germany

1974 Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi

1974 Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay

1973 Taj Art Gallery, Bombay

1970 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

1968 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

1966 Taj Art Gallery, Bombay

1965 Gallery Chemould, Calcutta

1962 Private Show, Alyque & Pearl Padamsee, Bombay

1962 Indo-American Society Gallery, Bombay






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