The story of Indian Art #25: Jatin Das
A look at the life and work of Jatin Das, who is considered amongst the most creative artists of India for over half a century.
“Creativity is a transfer of energy” – Jatin Das
Born: December 1941
Place of Birth: Baripada, Odisha, India
Professions: Painter, Sculptor, Teacher
Spouse: Varsha Das
Children: Nandita Das, Siddhartha Das
Awards: Padma Bhushan (2012), Bharat Nirman Award (2007)
Jatin Das is counted amongst the most creative artists of India. He has contributed immensely to the field of Indian art. He has been doing so for over 50 years.
Childhood and Early Life
Jatin Das was born in 1941 in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. He was raised in a middle class Bengali family. From 1957 to 1962, Jatin received training from Professor S.B. Palsikar in the field of art at the famous Sir J. J. School of Art in Bombay.
Jatin Das first displayed his works at the newly opened gallery of his art school in the year 1962. After gaining confidence from his first show, he began participating in various art exhibitions, both at the national and international level. Some of the important exhibitions in which he displayed his works of art include the Biennales in Paris in 1971, the Documenta in Kessel in 1975, and the art exhibitions of Venice in the year 1978.
In an illustrious career that has spanned over 50 years, Jatin Das has had more than 68 solo exhibitions. Fourteen limited editions of his theme-based graphics and conte drawings have been displayed around the world. Many of his works have been auctioned Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Osian’s. Over the years, he has also contributed towards art in the form of outstanding murals and sculptures.
He has also worked as an advisor to many private and government organizations. Jatin Das also served as the Consultant to the Handicraft Board for the seven north-eastern states in India, for the ‘Festival of India’ organized in Russia. He is one of the founder members of ‘The Poetry Society’, New Delhi. He also founded the JD Centre of Art, and works as its Chairman. JD Centre of Art is a private non-commercial institution. It promotes contemporary and traditional visual and plastic arts.
In the year 2008, Jatin Das served as a professor at the well-known Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. From the year 2009 to 2011, he worked as visiting professor at the same university. This time around, he was included as one of the members of Faculty of Fine Arts. He has also worked as a visiting professor in a number of prestigious colleges and schools including National School of Drama, School of Planning and Architecture, College of Art and National Institute of Design.
Woman in Stance
Biennale, Cuba, Havana – This Biennale was the second of its kind and was held in the year 1985.
Asian Biennale, Bangladesh – His artworks were displayed at the third Asian Biennale in the year 1985.
Septieme Biennale de Paris – This particular Biennale was held in France in the year 1971.
VII British International Print Biennale – This was held in Bradford, UK in the year 1982. This is considered as one of the most prestigious Biennales.
Tokyo Biennale – Jatin’s works were displayed at the 15th International Art Show held at Japan in the year 1984.
The Artists Alley Gallery – He held a solo show at San Francisco, USA in the year 2009.
Chelsea Arts Club – This was again one of his solo shows, held in London in the year 2009.
Jatin Das attended twelve artist camps and four workshops and offered his amazing art works to fourteen charity shows in India. Several other works of his have been donated to charity organizations in and around India, including foreign countries. During the 1999 cyclone, that affected most parts of Odisha, Jatin spearheaded the relief efforts in many villages.