Overview

From her days at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris, where she experimented with the monotype to her studio in Norway and her home in Pune, Sujata Bajaj has explored various materials, medias and methods.

She has worked with different art forms and media such as etching, wood-cut, sculpture, murals, cold ceramic, fibre-glass, metal, mixed media and, now, acrylic.In 1988, Sujata went to in Paris at Raza's insistence. She was awarded an invitation scholarship by the French Government. In Paris, she enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Superieur Des Beaux-Arts, and worked at Studio Claude Viseux. Viseux’ s manner of working, in fact, fascinated the young artist. "It involved inking a metal plate, working on the black, placing a leaf underneath and setting the press in motion. The metal plate could be substituted by a glass one. They could be used for making no more than one print," she says.

France was a fascinating world, one that helped her "find the balance between Indian aesthetics and modern painting." Claude and Raza, till date, continue to be her biggest allies and patrons.

Tribal art plays a major role in Sujata's work even today. Quite natural given the fact that she did her PhD degree in Indian tribal art and has lectured on it across the world. Art critic Ranjit Hoskote, while reviewing Sujata's work says, "Each of her frame acts as a variation on the past, the ancestral inheritance: in the ochre yellow and red palette, we are recalled into the ritual circle of sacrifice; a hero-stone, a tribal totem, a lost goddess of fertility is suggested by certain motifs; and in the elegant calligraphy of the sacred texts, the hymns repeated until the pitch of perfection has been achieved."

Works