ART BY JAMINI ROY: SERIGRAPHS (PRINTS) AVAILABLE
Serigraphs are a type of high quality, limited edition screen print made on high quality paper in collaboration with the artist. A different ‘screen’ or stencil is created for each color, and then ink is pushed through the corresponding stencil onto the paper. This printing process is repeated multiple times, using a separate stencil for each color. A single serigraphic print can have as many as 25 colors or more. Each print is then numbered and signed by the artist. Usually, prints of fewer editions are higher in value.
Iconic Indian artist Jamini Roy is credited for popularizing a new style of Indian modern art, which primarily took inspiration from Bengali folk paintings. Although he initially trained in British academic landscapes and portraits, which was the expected style of the time, he ultimately rejected Western conventions in favor of traditional Indian folk and craft arts. He also embraced the use of locally sourced pigments and preferred to paint on woven mats, cloth and wood coated with lime, instead of costly canvas and oil paints. He firmly believed that art should be accessible to all, and he hoped to celebrate not only the uniqueness of India’s artistic heritage but also the beauty and simplicity of rural village life.
Art by Jamini Roy brought together multiple Indian influences, such as the thin brushstrokes of bazaar paintings sold outside the Kalighat temple and design elements from the terracotta reliefs on the Bishnupur temples. His paintings often featured borders and other classic decorative patterns of traditional Indian art. Working in an earthy color palette of rusty reds, golden yellows and turquoise blues, Jamini Roy typically depicted religious themes, such as Radha, as well as scenes of daily life, such as mother and child or animals. He also frequently depicted the Santhals, a large tribe living in eastern India.
Born in 1887 in a small village in West Bengal, artist Jamini Roy studied at the Government School of Art in Kolkata in the early 1900s. He was one of the most famous pupils of Abanindranath Tagore, who led the Bengal School of Art and greatly influenced the development of a national Indian style. Jamini Roy’s work has been exhibited in distinguished international institutions such as Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, Philadelphia Museum, Rubin Museum of Art and San Jose Museum of Art. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 1954 and became the first Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1955. He passed away in 1972 in Kolkata, where he had lived throughout his adult life. Shortly after, in 1976, his works were declared among the “Nine Masters” by the Indian Government’s Ministry of Culture, to be heralded as “art treasures, having regard to their artistic and aesthetic value.”
You are welcome to buy artist Jamini Roy’s fine art prints online or view them at our gallery in Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area). All serigraphs are signed by the artist.
A step-by-step demonstration of the serigraphic printing process.