|Jatin Das has been painting for more than 45 years. He was born in December 1941 in Mayurbhanj, Orissa, India. He studied at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay, under Professor S.B. Palsikar. Jatin has held over 55 one-man exhibitions in India and abroad and has participated in numerous national and international shows and artist camps. He has also done several murals and sculpture installations. He works in oil, watercolour, ink, graphics and conté. His works now feature in several public and private collections in India and abroad. Jatin has built a large personal collection of traditional arts and crafts over the last 35 years. His works have been auctioned by major international auctioneers like Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Osian’s.
In addition to being a professional artist, Jatin Das has extensively lectured at innumerable art and architectural colleges and museums, both in India and abroad on contemporary and traditional art forms. Jatin Das is also an advisor to many government and private bodies. He is the settler and founder chairman of the JD Centre of Art, which is being built in his home state, Orissa. He is the only artist who has taken up a project of this kind. Several of Jatin Das’s works have been donated to charity in India and abroad. He has very actively led the relief and rehabilitation work of a village in Orissa, affected by the super-cyclone of 1999.
One-man shows (selected)
• The Nehru Centre, London, U.K, 2009
• Artists Alley Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2009
• Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK, 2009
• Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Delhi, India, 2009
• Jehangir Art Gallery, Presented by Art & Soul Gallery, Mumbai, 2007.
• AIFACS Gallery, Paintings done in Greece, Presented by ICCR, New Delhi 2007.
• CIMA Gallery, Kolkata: ‘Charged Figures’, 2007.
• Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi: ‘Journeys across Foreign Lands,’ 2006.
• 1X1 Art Space, Dubai, 2006.
• Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2005.
• All India Fine Arts Crafts Society (AIFACS),Delhi, 2002: Retrospective, 40 years of drawings.
• National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 2002: Works on paper.
• India Habitat Centre, Delhi, 1999.
• Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, 1994.
• Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, 1986.
• Commonwealth Institute, London, UK, 1975.
• Schloss Bellevue, Kessel, West Germany, 1975.
• City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 1975.
Participation in major national and international shows (selected)
• IV Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Contemporary Indian Art (award), Bhopal, 1992.
• 2nd Biennale, Cuba, Havana, 1985.
• 3rd Asian Biennale, Bangladesh, 1985.
• Tokyo Biennale, the 15th International Art Show, Japan, 1984.
• 7th British International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK, 1982.
• 2nd, 3rd and 4th Triennale India, Delhi, 1971, 1976 and 1978.
• Venice Biennale, Italy, 1978.
• All India Fine Arts Crafts Society (AIFACS), National Show of Portraits (award),
• All India Graphics Show, Group 8, Delhi, (award), 1972.
• Septieme Biennale de Paris, France, 1971.
• The Bombay Art Society (Governor’s Award), Bombay, 1965.
• Maharashtra State Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Bombay, 1962.
• Façade mural, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK, 2009
• 3 murals and 1 sculpture installation, Nat’l Centre for Plant Genome Research, Delhi, 2005.
• Mural: ‘The Journey of India:Mohenjodaro to Mahatma Gandhi’, Indian Parliament, Delhi 2001.
• Welded steel installation, Bhilai Steel Plant, Madhya Pradesh, 1996.
• Mural, LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussorie, 1992.
• Fresco, Birla Kreeda Kendra, Bombay, 1964.
• Postal stamps for Indian Postal Service on road safety, world peace and the Int’l Red Cross.
• Graphics Edition- Etching, Lithography and Serigraphs.
• Workshop with the Israeli artist Meenashe Kadishman in ’99.
• Created Murals in Egg Tempera, Mosaic, Cement and Oils.
Visiting Professorship, Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India, 2009-2011
Fine Art at the Art Dept. Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi.
Professor Emeritus, JMI University, 2008
Honorary Doctorate, Utkal University of Cultural, 2007
Lectured at: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; ‘MS Randhawa Birth Centenary’ Memorial Lecture Chandigarh Museum & Lalit Kala Akademy, Chandigarh; ‘Artist on Art’ interviewed by art historian, Yashodhara Dalmia & photographer, Raghu Rai; State Art Gallery, Hyderabad; School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay; School of African and Oriental Studies, London; Victoria Albert Museum, London; Pit Reverse Museum, Cambridge University, UK; Harvard, USA; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and Reitberg Museum, Zurich. Key Note Address, CEPT, University of Architecture, Ahmedabad ‘07.
Advisory Committee Member
Chairman and settler, JD Centre of Art, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa; Member of governing board,
Royal Society of Arts, India (RSA in India); Advisory Committee Member, National Natural History Museum, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa;
Founder president, Odissa Forum, Delhi; Founder President, Poetry Society of India; Founder President, Mayurbhaanj Cultural Development Foundation; Art advisor, Housing and Urban Development Corporation( HUDCO); Member of advisory committee, Delhi Urban Art Commission; Member of advisory committee, Rural India Complex, 1972 (now the National Crafts Museum); Member of advisory committee, Philately and Republic Day Parade committees, Government of India; Member of India International Center (IIC), Delhi; Life Member, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Trustee, Delhi Blue Pottery Trust. Member British Library, Member, Chelsea Arts Club London, Member, Ghalib Memorial Movement, Delhi, Member, Fan Circle International, London. Member, Society to Save Rocks, Hyderabad.
Cultural Ambassador to C&Binet Forum, Ministry of Culture, Government of UK.
New Delhi, Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity (OSSI), Italian Government, ’07.
Kolkata, Utkala Awards by Governor, ’06.
Bharat Nirman Award on 30th April’ 07.
Seminar Management Institution, Bhubaneswar ’07.
Conferred the D.Litt. (Honouris Causa) from Utkal University of Culture Bhubaneswar on 8th May ’07.
‘‘The Art of Jatin Das’’, Shobita Punja, Roli Books, 2003.
‘‘Poems by Jatin Das’’ Writers’ Workshop Calcutta, 1972.
JD Centre of Art (www.jdcentreofart.org)
In 1997 a trust was registered with Jatin Das as its founder, settler and chairman for the creation of the JD Centre of Art, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, designed by BV Doshi, an eminent architect,. It is a private, non-commercial institution that will celebrate the whole range of traditional and contemporary visual and plastic arts.
Pankha: hand fans of the Indian subcontinent (www.indianhandfans.org)
More than 25 years ago Jatin Das began a collection of pankha (hand fans). This now numbers over 6,500 fans and related objects, the majority from the Indian subcontinent. Since May 2004, sections of the collection have been on display at eminent museums across the world. The inaugural show at the National Crafts Museum, Delhi, was followed by exhibitions in Victoria Memorial; Calcutta, Fan Museum; London, National Art Gallery; Kuala Lumpur, Reitberg Museum; Zurich and National Museum; Manila. The collection will eventually be housed at JDCA. A book on the subject, ‘To Stir the Still Air’, is being published by Mapin International. There is a proposed National Pankha Museum to be set up in Delhi by the Government.
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