Original Paintings

Nitin Utge

Artist Nitin Utge

Joined Craft Tatva: November 2021

Nitin Utge creates a world that focuses on children from all strata of society, his two most popular icons being the child worker and the child clown. He says that he is drawn to world of these characters, where the innocent young children are forced to grow up, too much, too soon. The children in Utge's paintings appear carefree and cheerful but this first impression is deceptive, as a closer look reveals that the cheerfulness is a mask that the child has put on. The mask belies the tragedy of the child. Nitin Utge likes to use high contrast in his paintings; these not only create a sense of drama but also heighten the excitement in his paintings. The bright hues of colours like electric blue, viridian green, scarlet, and chrome yellow, are contrasted with earth tones of brown and ochre. He also creates a contrast by using the brighter colours in an opaque application and the earthy tones in a translucent manner. This also creates an interesting textural quality in his works. This method, he says, allows him to express his vision most vividly. Utge studied at the Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in Pune, Maharashtra. He has, to his credit, many awards, including the award of the Art Society of India, Mumbai, first in 1998, while he was still a student and the second in 2000. He has participated in many exhibitions in India, like the Kala Mela, Calcutta and the Bombay Art Society Exhibition and at the Nehru Center Art Gallery in Mumbai. He currently lives and works in Mumbai. =

Focus Areas: Ghat, Cities, etc.

Artworks by Nitin Utge

About Nitin Utge


May 2, 1976 Jalgaon, Maharashtra


2003-04 Sir J.J. School of Arts (Photography), Mumbai
1997-98 Diploma in Art Education (Dip.A.Ed), Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, Maharshtra
1994-97 G.D. Art (Drawing and Painting), Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, Maharshtra
1991-94 Art Teacher Diploma, Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya, Latur, Maharshtra


2009 Jehangir Art Gallery,…
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2007 Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai
2003 Art Resource Trust, Mumbai
2002 Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai
2002 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Selected Group Exhibitions
2008 D D Neroy Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 ‘Chitrakala Arts’, presented by Samokal Art Gallery, Kolkata
2007 Painted Rhythm Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 Easel Art Gallery, Singapore
2005-06 Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai
2005 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005,06,07,08 Presented by Art Land, Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
2004 Presented by Galleria, Mumbai at Habitat Art Gallery, New Delhi
2003-04 Colors Wheel Art Gallery, Singapore
2002 Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 Indian Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
2001 ‘Jesus Christ’, Hacieanda Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 Art Resource Trust, Mumbai
2000 British Airways, Launch at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, Presented By Gallery Art Resource Trust, Mumbai.
2000 Presented By Gallery Art Resource Trust, Mumbai at Galerie d Art, Grand Bay, Mauritius
2000 Presented By Gallery Art Resource Trust, Mumbai at Easel Art Gallery, Singapore
2000 ’50 Years Celebration of Western Railway’, at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
2000 ‘Colourghoda’, Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai
2000 ‘Ganesha’, Galleria, Mumbai
1998 Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1998 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Y B Chavan Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai
1996 Welcome Group of Hotel Rama International, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
1996 ‘Kalamela’, Kolkata
1995-96 Khusboo Art Gallery, Pune, Maharashtra
1993 Saptput Lalit Kala Bhavan, Khiroda, Maharashtra
Joint Exhibitions
2009 With Pravin Utge at Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


2003 The Bombay Art society, Mumbai
2000 The Art Society of India, Mumbai
1998 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
1998 ‘Chatak’, Monsoon Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1998,96 Annual Art Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Mumbai
1997 Babalgaon State Art Competition, Latur, Maharashtra

Honours and Awards:

2003 1st Governor Award and Medal, The Bombay Art society, Mumbai
2000 The Art Society of India, Mumbai
1998 The Art Society of India Annual Art Exhibition, Mumbai
1997 Babalgaon State Art Competition, Latur, Maharashtra
1996 Sahyadri School of Arts, Savarde, Ratnagari
1996 Marathwada Sanskrutik Parishad, Pune, Maharashtra
1995 Abhinav Kala Maha Vidyalaya Pune, Maharashtra

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