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.
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.
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
About the Artist
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,
- 2005 Akar Prakar Gallery, Kolkata, ‘Walking the Tightrope'
- 2004 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata, ‘Nature, Love,
- 2004 Nandan Gallery Shantiniketan, ‘Nature, Love,
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
- 2005 Priyarsi Art Gallery Mumbai, ‘The
City of Joy '
- 2005 Birla Academy of Art & Culture
- 2005 Gandhara Art Gallery Kolkata, ‘Workshop
- 2005 ‘ITC Sonar Bangla' Hotel, curator
Akar Prakar Gallery
- 2005 Gallery Space Hyderabad
- 2005 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata,
- 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
- 2001 Birla Academy of Art & Culture
- 1999 CIMA Art Gallery Kolkata, ‘Exploration'
- 2002 Elizabeth Green Shield Foundation
Canada , Grants I & II
- 1998 Avantika Award New Delhi Bronze
- 1993-1998 Merit Scholarship, Kala
Bhavan, Viswa Bharati Shantiniketan