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Profile of Jagdish Chander

JAGDISH CHANDER Born, 1954 1972-77 B.F.A. Degree in Painting from Delhi College of Art, University of Delhi; 1984-86 Research Scholar, Department of Fine Arts, University of TSUKUBA , JAPAN; Awards 1983-84, 87-90 Junior Fellowship in Painting from Ministry of Human Resources and Development. 1984-86 Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship in Painting, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. 1988 Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in Painting, Delhi; • Sanskriti Award in the field of Fine Art by Sanskriti Pratisthan, Delhi. 1990 National Award in Painting, National Lalit Kala Akademy, Delhi. 1996-98 Senior Fellowship in Fine Arts from Ministry of Human Resources and Development. Solo Exhibition 2006 Museum Für Indische Kunst, Berlin, • Galerie Petra Lange, Berlin, Germany

In the past couple of years, Jagdish has been concerned with the portrayal of ‘pure emotion’. For this he has employed the most direct form, the human face contorted into expressions portraying anger, bewilderment, happiness and triumph. However, adult rational consciousness achieved through thought, education and experience is not easily escaped, and a spontaneous _ expression of feeling doesn’t naturally translate into a re-awakened world of free untainted existence. In this light, it would be more productive to recognize how Jagdish’s art reflects a desire to restore a balance between though and feeling. Where much of contemporary mental life is pre-packaged, repetitiously and deadeningly familiar, and our attention is constantly hailed by a cacophony of voice telling us what and how to think, it is useful to imagine an approach to rationality that includes emotion and intuition. In these paintings, conflicting feelings emerge readable as anxiety, rage, despair, numbness, frustrated attempts to be heroic, and fragmented efforts to maintain at least some kind of recognizable human dignity amidst the pressures of the day to day. Jagdish’s men, for the most part, emerge victorious.

Jagdish’s artistic process includes building the composition slowly, layer by layer. The forms in the paintings that the artist has been working on the last few years result from his need to be expressive and at the last few transcend the recognizable and easily achieved. In the placement of textured face within a textured background on a large canvas, Jagdish investigates the relationship between form and space. Color, applied in quick strokes pushes hard against the boundaries of control. In this sense, gesture, - expression, and emotion are not rendered but discovered, even stumbled upon. The spontaneity in Jagdish process allows for images and the process gets caught in the horns of an emotional response. This act of discovery heightens the force of the image as a source for reflection.

Visually and psychologically, these paintings manifest tension rather than present a restful equanimity. Remembering this can affect what we see when we look: perhaps we can identify with their revelation of emotion. Finding a new sort of nobility and heroism in these images of human faces which resonate with efforts to hold our own lives together in a world fraught with mistrust and trauma. We might recognize on some level an emotional kinship with majestic, swirling and sculpturesque creatures in the paintings.

Beautiful images of classical integrity and harmonious proportions abound in the tradition of humanistic art, but they also live on in the subliminal, frequently debased ideals represented in advertising, popular entertainment, and the rhetorical posturing of contemporary discourse. Rather than affronting humanistic dignity and conventions of artistic skill, Jagdish Cahnder’s images look for possibilities of representing the human form in ways that are in emotional accord with aspects of contemporary experience. In interior feeling this art is realistic.

The artist who truly expresses innerness does not copy, imitate or look for personal glory.

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