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‘Violence’
Sk. Sahajahan

Sk. Sahajahan's powerfully evocative expressionistic compositions are spontaneous free ranging explorations of the dualities he observes in the world around him. On the one hand, his images of human exploitation and social violence – represented through distortions of the human form – become symbols of the eternal reality of human suffering. On the other, a calming equilibrium may temper his perception of this same world, in which man and nature coexist in symbiotic harmony.

Distortions inherent in human circumstances can and do explode repeatedly through his canvas in waves of visionary anguish. Yet Sahajahan also believes that the seminal principle of all existence is balance – between creation and destruction, anarchy and harmony, pattern and chaos. This theme of self adjusting balance is compellingly imaged in a few canvases. It is integrated, as well, into his tempera works, 'Nature' and 'Man in Nature', where man's presence is woven into vivid perceptions of hills, rivers, lotuses and trees.

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SkSN5266

‘Guardian’
acrylic on canvas
47”x 42”
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SkSN6267

‘Untitled’
acrylic on canvas
42”x 30”
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SkSN5643

‘Violence’
acrylic on canvas
47”x 42”
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Sahajahan's compositions derive from his life's experiences, and from memories of a childhood spent in the rural confines of a village environment. The invisible imbalances that disfigure the inner life of small communities and thrust tentacles into the larger world frequently surface in his universally valid, potent images of human suffering, as do the mass episodes of communal and social violence that ravage the outer world.

Yet grimness is often muted by his nuanced awareness of all-containing nature, and of the infinite variety of life's complex, constantly renewing tapestry. Shades of darkness in a night sky; exquisite patterns of fine craftsmanship; a face or expression caught in memory; the potential for joy in human interaction; the reality underlying the façade of the seen; images and suggestions, jostle his imagination and transform into complex pictorial statements.

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SkS_T1
‘Man in Nature 1'
tempera
13.5”x 10”
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SkS_T2

Nature
tempera
13.5”x 10”
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SkS_T3

‘Man in Nature II'
tempera
13.5”x 10”
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The powerful conceptualization of his stylized – sometimes fragmented – forms has been traced by critics to the modernist tradition of Picasso. While artists will inevitably assimilate influences from respected masters and mentors, Sahajahan's artistic oeuvre remains undeniably his own.

Meaningful organization of line and space, original experimentation with media and colors – including masterful manipulations of tempera – and use of symbolically charged forms, colors and images, converge into a singularly expressive personal vocabulary rooted in his own identity and traditions.

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SkSN7605
‘Drawing 1’
ink on paper
22”x 26”
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SkSN7609

‘Drawing 2’
tempera
13.5”x 10”
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SkSN7615

Drawing III’
ink on paper
22”x 26”
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About the Artist

Born: 1974

Education: 1 st Class in Advance Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) 1999 from Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan; 1 st Class in Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) 1997 from Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2005 Akar Prakar Gallery, Kolkata, ‘Walking the Tightrope'
  • 2004 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata, ‘Nature, Love, Violence'
  • 2004 Nandan Gallery Shantiniketan, ‘Nature, Love, Violence'

Selected Group Participations

  • 2006 Gandhara Art Gallery , Kolkata ‘Framed Spaces Boundless Limits'
  • 2005 Akar Prakar Gallery Kolkata, ‘Synchrome'
  • 2005 Art & Soul Gallery N.Delhi, ‘ Bengal and Beyond'
  • 2005 Priyarsi Art Gallery Mumbai, ‘The City of Joy '
  • 2005 Birla Academy of Art & Culture Kolkata, ‘Versions'
  • 2005 Gandhara Art Gallery Kolkata, ‘Workshop Art'
  • 2005 ‘ITC Sonar Bangla' Hotel, curator Akar Prakar Gallery
  • 2005 Gallery Space Hyderabad
  • 2005 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata, Annual
  • 2004 Gallery Space Hyderabad , ‘ Contemporary Painting' (a Group of 30 artists from all over India )
  • 2003 Exhibition curated by Paritosh Sen, Kolkata, ‘Violence'
  • 2003 Exhibition Curated by Anwesha, ‘Transition' (26 young Santiniketan Artists)
  • 2002 Lalit Kala Academy , N.Delhi, curator ‘Espace Gallery'
  • 2002 Hotel Hyatt Regency, N.Delhi, curator Art Alive Gallery
  • 2002 Gallery Space, Hyderabad , ‘Different Strokes'
  • 2001 Birla Academy of Art & Culture Kolkata, Annual
  • 1999 CIMA Art Gallery Kolkata, ‘Exploration'

Awards

  • 2002 Elizabeth Green Shield Foundation Canada , Grants I & II
  • 1998 Avantika Award New Delhi Bronze Medal
  • 1993-1998 Merit Scholarship, Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati Shantiniketan
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