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Ajay De

Mumbai, India 12 Followers

About Artist

"Frankly I did not even know what art was all about. When I was four, I read a poem written by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. In his poem, Tagore had described three birds fighting on a kitchen terrace. ...

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"Frankly I did not even know what art was all about. When I was four, I read a poem written by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. In his poem, Tagore had described three birds fighting on a kitchen terrace. I was moved, and gave vent to my emotions on paper. That was my first painting."

Ajay De`s paintings continue to be shaped by his childhood memories. As an introvert, he often found himself at a loss for words, until he discovered the joy of putting pencil to paper to draw and express his feelings. His life, and the experiences that shaped it, were a source for inspiration. "All my paintings reflect the complexities and troubles that besiege modern day society. They are not deliberate efforts. They flow from within. I feel that art offers solutions to all problems in life, and my work offers a direction to these solutions," he explains.

De began his career rather unconventionally, eschewing colour and working on charcoal to convey his experiences on to canvas. "I channelled my energies into artistic expressions and learnt the right way to stroke the paper with my fingers and thumb, and even my palm, while sketching with a charcoal pencil. I believed there was more truth to black and white and that, colour, although appealing, did not pose a challenge. So black and white tones did not deter me, and I was not afraid to swim against the tide. I honed my skills at art colleges, drawing inspiration from my childhood memories, which had left an indelible mark," says De.

On his art, De believes: "Life has left its impressions, and these are portrayed in my drawings. I am still learning and will continue to do so. For this, I am thankful to all those who have helped me, either knowingly or unknowingly, in making me what I am today. My colours emanate from nature. There is a lot one can learn from it. It is sad that, today, man no longer finds time to stand and stare anymore."


Ajay De lives and works in Mumbai, and has exhibited extensively in Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta.

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  • About Artist



    "Frankly I did not even know what art was all about. When I was four, I read a poem written by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. In his poem, Tagore had described three birds fighting on a kitchen terrace. I was moved, and gave vent to my emotions on paper. That was my first painting."

    Ajay De`s paintings continue to be shaped by his childhood memories. As an introvert, he often found himself at a loss for words, until he discovered the joy of putting pencil to paper to draw and express his feelings. His life, and the experiences that shaped it, were a source for inspiration. "All my paintings reflect the complexities and troubles that besiege modern day society. They are not deliberate efforts. They flow from within. I feel that art offers solutions to all problems in life, and my work offers a direction to these solutions," he explains.

    De began his career rather unconventionally, eschewing colour and working on charcoal to convey his experiences on to canvas. "I channelled my energies into artistic expressions and learnt the right way to stroke the paper with my fingers and thumb, and even my palm, while sketching with a charcoal pencil. I believed there was more truth to black and white and that, colour, although appealing, did not pose a challenge. So black and white tones did not deter me, and I was not afraid to swim against the tide. I honed my skills at art colleges, drawing inspiration from my childhood memories, which had left an indelible mark," says De.

    On his art, De believes: "Life has left its impressions, and these are portrayed in my drawings. I am still learning and will continue to do so. For this, I am thankful to all those who have helped me, either knowingly or unknowingly, in making me what I am today. My colours emanate from nature. There is a lot one can learn from it. It is sad that, today, man no longer finds time to stand and stare anymore."


    Ajay De lives and works in Mumbai, and has exhibited extensively in Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta.

  • Academics

    B. A at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata.


    M.A at Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai.


  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2009, 04, 2000, 96 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2009 Gallery Nakshatra, Kolkata

    Tilting Gallery, Pune

    2008 28, The Gallery, Cork Street, London

    India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo

    2007 The Art House, Singapore

    2006 Aicon Gallery, CA, USA

    2003 The Asian Cultural Centre, New York

    2002 Gallery at Resource Trust, Mumbai

    Studio S, Pune

    2001 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1999, 98 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1998 Noa Gallery, Tokyo

    Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai

    1997 Artist’s Centre, Mumbai

    Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

    1994 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata




    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2008 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2006 Visual Art, Cork Street, London

    2005 Gallery Reflection, Hong Kong

    2005, 04, 03, 02 Taj Blue Diamond Hotel, Pune

    2005 Gallery Nakshtra, Kolkata

    2004 Indian Exhibition, Dubai

    2003 Gallery 127, Mumbai

    2001 Singapore

    1994 Aifacs, New Delhi




    PARTICIPATIONS

    2009 India Fine Arts, Mumbai

    2008 Lakme Fashion Week, Mumbai

    Asian Art Show, Tokyo

    Uno Art Museum, Tokyo

    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2008, 07, 06, 04, 1998 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2007 Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2006 Mumbai Festival, Mumbai

    2005 India Habitat Centre, Delhi

    Indian Art Gallery, Pune

    2004, 02, 1998, 1995-97 Taj Blue Diamond Hotel, Pune

    2004, 03, 02, 01 Harmony Show, Mumbai

    2004 Tao of Shiva, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    Sun n Sand Hotel, Pune

    2003, 02, 01 R.P.G. Art Camp, Mumbai

    2003 Icon of Bengal Show at NGMA by RPG, Mumbai

    The Horse Show, Boat Club, Pune

    Taj Hotel Art Camp, Mumbai

    2002 50 years celebration of Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    RPG Mela Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2002 Oberoi Hotel Art Camp, Mumbai

    Lake Palace Art Camp, Udaipur

    1998 Colors of India, Dubai

    1995-97 Academy of Fine Arts Pune

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