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Santosh Jain

New Delhi
Statement

Born 1949, early in her career Santosh was awarded a fellowship in Printmaking by the Government of India that took her to Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam for two years. She held solo exhibitions in Paris and Amsterdam and had the pleasure of exhibiting her prints in group shows in New York, Australia, UK and India. And was established and recognized as an artist with exceptional talent by the Cultural Department of Netherlands, before her return to India.

A dexterous play of her original photographs of the everyday with art softwares as well as conventional inks, pastels, pen and charcoal. To ‘narrate’ a story on my canvas, I collect characters – through my photography, from archival works of Masters, my own drawings and varied expressions I find in my travels. The collection is emotional, subliminal and sometimes personal; like a ‘working library’, with characters appearing and reappearing in a number of my works. The carefully assimilated ‘cast’ comes together to role play and express my inner concerns. I spend a lot of time, over days and hours on end constantly reconstructing and building the layers—both digital and by hand with pastels, charcoal and pen, as I deep dive into the work. The process is intuitive; the truth often revealed in the final work. My creative process is intense and each creation is a unique edition

Indian Academy of Fine Arts (Hyderabad), College of Arts (New Delhi), the Andhra Pradesh Council of Artists (Hyderabad) and the prestigious Kala Shri Award from AIFACS in 1999, amongst others.B.C Sanyal award for lifetime dedication to Art & Education by Delhi College of Art, 2017.

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WORKS
16 x 24 inches

Mixed medium on paper

GS01508

23 x 30 inches

Mixed medium on paper

GS01507

23 x 30 inches

Mixed medium on paper

GS01506