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Born into a distinguished lineage of Kalamkari masters, artist J Niranjan is one of the finest Kalamkari artists living in India today. His family has pursued this intricate art form across four generations, passing down the craft from father to son and producing such high calibre paintings that dozens have been collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. At a young age, Niranjan decided to follow in these footsteps and began to learn Kalamkari from his father, who was a Padma Shri award winner himself.

Although he is established as an expert in traditional Kalamkari techniques, Niranjan has also developed a unique style that brings a contemporary flair to this six-thousand-year-old practice. He has become particularly known for his paintings of the Tree of Life, a universal symbol of the interconnectedness of the heavens, earth and underworld. Art by J Niranjan revisits and reinvents this popular Kalamkari theme, merging complex traditional designs with gradient backgrounds, fluorescent hues and modern materials like acrylic paint.

J Niranjan is a highly accomplished artist and one of the leading champions of traditional Indian art. He holds a Doctorate from Delhi University, and he has traveled extensively in India and around the world, participating in festivals and residencies in order to create awareness about Kalamkari art. He has also trained many women from tribal areas to earn a living from Kalamkari painting as well as preserve it for the next generation. Niranjan has been recognized for his achievements with the Shilp Jan Award (Young Master Craftsman) in 2002, the Bronze Award in the Nantong International Contemporary Craft Competition in 2014 and an honor by the All India Handicrafts Board (AIHB) to celebrate its 50 year anniversary. Notably, he was awarded the State Award for excellence in Kalamkari by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

You are welcome to buy artist J Niranjan’s paintings online or view them at our gallery in Palo Alto San (San Francisco Bay Area). All artworks are hand signed by the artist and include a certificate of authenticity.


Are the paintings signed?

Yes, all paintings are signed by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Is shipping available worldwide?

Yes, we offer both domestic and international shipping, and all fees are on actuals. We frequently ship throughout the US as well as to Europe, Africa and Asia.

How are the artworks shipped?

All works including paintings, prints and sculptures are professionally packed. Smaller paintings can be shipped flat, and larger paintings can be unstretched and rolled in a tube. Each shipment is covered by transit insurance.

Are exchanges accepted?

Yes, we do offer exchanges for remote clients who are based in the United States. Paintings must be returned in the same perfect condition in order to be eligible for exchange. Please refer to our FAQ page for more details on our exchange policy.

Are the paintings framed?

No, the paintings are not sold framed. While it is not necessary to frame a canvas, it can be a stylistic choice and help integrate the painting with the existing decor. You can read more advice about framing on our blog.

How should the artwork be taken care of?

As a resource for clients, we have written a guide on the best art care tips for canvases and works on paper.