Third Eye, 29.5×41 inches, watercolor on paper, 2016

This week we welcome Sajal Sarkar, an artist of the Indian diaspora who works in the mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Sarkar studied drawing  and painting as an undergraduate at the Government College of Art and Craft, the University of Calcutta in 1989, followed by a degree in printmaking from the faculty of fine arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

Birth of God, 135×36 inches (5 panels) Watercolor on Paper), 2017

His work has earned several awards including from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada, in 1996 and 2005; a senior research fellowship from the Cultural Ministry of India in 2011-12; and in 2021 he received the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant.

Smoke of Torment, 9×11 inch, Pen and India ink on Lokta paper. 2021

Sarkar has shown his work in numerous solo and group shows including Aicon Gallery in New York City.  In 2016, he moved to the United States and taught with the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit. Presently, he is associated with DuCret Center of Arts, Plainfield, New Jersey.

The Wall, 33×78 inches(18 panels), Pen and India ink, oxide color and graphite powder on Nepalese handmade paper pasted on board. 2019

Sarkar has presented several artist’s talks including at the University of Connecticut; East Connecticut State University in 2021; in the department of art and department of sociology, World University of Design, Haryana, India. His work has been written about in Art Review City (NYC); Art Soul Life magazine  and Art India Magazine, both in India. Sarkar’s works are included in the collections of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery of Modern Art, India, and Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India, along with several private collections internationally. Sarkar presently lives and works in New Jersey and has a studio at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City.

Beyond Life 2, 24x24x2 inches, Ink, Gold, and Mica pigments on Lokta paper pasted on canvas 2021

“I deeply believe that my work should be relevant to the here and now. Amidst the current toxic political climate around the world, where homogeneous notions of home and community are being militantly asserted as an excuse to exclude, even persecute those who do not fit into such visions, uncertainty about belonging to an actual place has driven me to forge a conceptual space in my work over the last few years.

Sarisrip, The Reptile 21×54 inches(diptych) Pen and ink, mica pigments, and gold on cotton rag paper. 2022.

In this invented space, “home” itself emerges as an abstraction, a malleable idea. Grounded in that realization, my deep concern for human life and spirit in the present political context has helped me redefine the language of my art. I feel it provides infinite room for reflection and meditation on the nature and meaning of humanity.”

See more of Sarkar’s work on his website and Instagram page.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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  1. Beautiful works with sensitive colour palette! A deep cognition of artist plays a vital role in this series of works !

  2. I understand that how much you are attached with your art-form…. , l am proud of you.

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