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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Raj Jain: Painting life on canvas

Jessica Sharma, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, September 11, 2013
First Published: 16:13 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:12 IST(11/9/2013)

Raj Jain, the eminent painter and ex-professor of Govt. College of Art, Chandigarh doesn't have a particular style of art and takes his inspiration from objects around him. The artist recently exhibited his paintings at All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society.

One look at his work and you know that he does not follow any conventional form. In fact, his style is more intuitive. Most of his paintings centre around life. His work mostly consists of the simple things in life.

The Wait, The Paper boat, The Monologue and The Bench are some of the popular works of Raj Jain.

Paper boat: the interpretation
There are four renditions of The Paper boat. The Paper boat represents the last stage of life, Old age. It shows that this last phase of life is fragile and unsteady. It is flimsy and uncertain of the direction. It will go wherever the waves take it.

The Paper Boat

The wall: what's beneath it
For Raj Jain, one more important inspiration from real life, has been The Wall. Like The Paper boat, The wall, too, has many renditions and we can draw a different meaning and interpretation from each one of them. "I have always been intrigued by these walls as they are everywhere around us and make a great impact in our lives. Wherever we may go, we are surrounded by walls which protect us from the outside world."

The Wall
Where music and art meets
According to Raj Jain, the basic fundamentals of paintings and Indian classical music are very similar. "The basic principles of paintings and Indian classical music are not very different from each other. Both are forms of art and takes inspiration from each other. We all can interpret and comprehend different things from art individually", said Raj Jain who also likes to plays flute.

The universal appeal
Noted art critic and poet Padmashree Keshav Malik, lit a candle and inaugurated the exhibition. "I feel special and proud to be here to inaugurate this great exhibit of life in these paintings. The unique thing about the paintings are that anybody from any walk of life can relate to these paintings. I have no words to describe any of the paintings as it may mean a different thing to different people," says Malik.

Raj Jain has received many honours including the Sailor Prize, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (1978), Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi to name a few.

The Exhibition opened on the 6th of September and will last till 12th September, 2013.


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