Sajal Kumar Mitra
Focus Areas: Ghat, Cities, etc.
Artworks by Sajal Kumar Mitra
About Sajal Kumar Mitra
My art attempts to convey the essence of a moment, the intangible “something” that words struggle to define and that makes a moment profound. I believe that the intrigues of this world are nothing but playful dances between light and shadow…physically, spiritually, and metaphorically. Therefore, successfully portraying the tug of war between light and shadow is essential to accomplishing my goal as an artist.
I work with thin, translucent glazes which allow certain areas of my work to glow while at the same time creating spatial depth. This push and pull of lights and darks, of foreground and background, and of selective detail within a composition allows me to steer the viewer’s eye into a particular visual passages in a specific order. In the end, it is my goal for the viewer to experience the essence that I feel makes a moment worthy of depiction.
Recent noteworthy selections participations :
• On the invitation of SAINT- PETERSBURG CENTER OF HUMANITARIAN PROGRAMS participated in a 2 week residential project ‘Russian Atlantis’ at Russia – September 2019
• Participated in FabrianoInAcquerello, in the city of Fabriano in Italy – 2018 & 2016
• Paticipated in International Watercolor Society India Biennale in Delhi – 2019, 2017 & 2015
• International Watercolor Society Biennale, Kosovo – May, 2017
• International Watercolor Society Biennale, Kathmandu, Nepal, – 2018
• 84th, 86th, 87th and 89thAnnual of All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi – 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018
• 124th Annual of Bombay Art Society at Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai – 2016
• 98th Annual of Art Society of India at Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai – 2016
• Karnataka ChitrakalaParishath VI Generations’ Genres Art Exhibition at CKP, Bangalore – 2015
Solo Shows :
India International Centre at IIC, New Delhi – 2019 and 2016
Lalit Kala Academy, RabindraBhawan, New Delhi – June, 2015
Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Azad Bhawan, Delhi –2014
KarnakataChitrakalaParishath, Bangalore –2012
AIFACS, New Delhi – 2010
Studio Art, Gurgaon – 2009
Participations / Exhibitions :
Group show of contemporary Indian artists at Nehru Centre, London – June, 2013
Biennale India 2013 at Lalit Kala Academy, RabindraBhawan, New Delhi – January, 2013
Annual National Exhibition 2013 of All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Delhi – 2013
Group Show of Indian contemporary artists at Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Center at Thimpu, Bhutan presented by Art Rays – Feb 11-15, 2013
Group Show of leading contemporary artists of India at Chitra Kala Parishath, Bangalore – Oct 4-10, 2013
13th& 17th All India Water Colour Exhibition, 2011& 2018- organized by AIFACS, New Delhi
All India Northern Regional Exhibition, 2010 organized by Camlin Art Foundation, Mumbai
All India Exhibition titled – “100 Years of Delhi” organized by All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi – March, 2012
National Exhibition by International Creative Art Centre at Nehru Centre, Mumbai – July 2014
All India Artists Camp organized by AIFACS at New Delhi – 2008
Three Artists’ Show at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow, 2009
‘IndraprasthaArt Fest-2012″ at AIFACS, New Delhi – November, 2012
Joint Exhibition at AIFACS, New Delhi – 2010
Work selected for Group Show organized by AIFACS – 2009
Exhibition organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad – 1997
• Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR)
Few Important Collections :
• World Bank
• Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi
• All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Delhi
• National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), New Delhi
• In collection of various other private organizations and individuals in India and abroad.
Few Press / Media Comments on some recent shows :
“Sajal K. Mitra uses the difficult and challenging medium of water colour, painting what he sees and how it feels. Proficiently done water colours are unfailingly pleasing yet Sajal surpasses pleasure to evince wonder and admiration in the viewer. They are so real one marvels how he painted so much rain with such a heavy downpour! One can almost feel the wet air. Each of his works just adds and fortifies the charm of sensitive and competent water colour, explaining his belief that “a work of art always makes people rediscover how beautiful the world is with all its imperfections”.
– Aruna Bhowmick, The Statesman
“ Mitra uses predominantly hues of grey, gold and white, interspersing them with intelligent, subtle use of black and red, which gives a magical touch to his cityscapes. The phenomenal sense of proportion in his watercolours depicting the alleys of Kolkata and Delhi seems to freeze in time.”
– Shri M.S. Sridhar, The Hindu
“Sajal K Mitra’s watercolous evoke a feeling of isolation that one can ironically, only feel on a busy street, a crowded market or at a popular tourist location. Mitra predominantly works with a colour palette that incorporates blues, silvers and whites with subtle strokes of blacks, reds and sharp yellows. Whether it’s the bright taxis of Kolkata or the Old Fort in Delhi, Mitra’s paintings leave a haunting feeling of ennui behind. Every painting is an exercise in existentialism.”
– Shyama Krishna Kumar, Indian Express, Bangalore
Sajal K. Mitra banks on water colour forms to recreate much beauty. Well, bare old walls need the caress of such an artist’s nimble fingers. Mitra has come a long way from his earliest showing, if the earlier works were a take-off of meditations on Indian environs, by and by he has knit, and re-knit the same into delightful misty waving patterns, as of scintillating lights – works undoubtedly conducive to our sensory joy.
– Padmashree Late Shri Keshav Malik, Poet and Critic
“Watercolours of Sajal has well established its identity and is known as one of the finest watercolourists of India. Sajal has the ability to capture a sense of atmosphere and place. One can see the light and feel the air in his paintings. He takes full advantage of the fluid and organic feel of water colour. His lovely evocations of street scenes, towns and villages, the still-life(s) are little gems that continue to reward you every time you see them.
Watercolour is often a very frustrating and difficult medium as it depends a lot on the “happy accidents” that takes place when one colour merges with another on the wet paper. To be able to use these “happy accidents” to one’s own advantage commands great skill. But Sajal has maturity and full control on this medium.
– ART News, New Delhi
“………….. Sajal K. Mitra’s water colours successfully create a magical atmosphere and mood in his paintings .………. his paintings have life in them. It looks very real and we are able to establish a connection to his work.”
– Jaisree Krishna, City Express, Bangalore