Born in 1977, the extremely talented and committed artist, Saptarshi Das, graduated from the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship in 2000.
His concerns and commitment to causes are encapsulated in his own words:
“For the past two years I have been concentrating on conceptual works with new mediums, like food grains. My works deal with the socio- economic realities of present India, where disparities between the rich and poor are strategically submerged by the glittering skin of globalization.”
Saptarshi Das has a slew of glittering exhibitions to his credit:
Solo show titled ‘Picsale’ held at Gallery Ragini, New Delhi, in 2012; Two-man show ‘The ordinary inspires’ held at Gallery Ragini, New Delhi, in 2013; the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, China, 2012; the 5th Edition of India Art Fair, India, 2013; ‘The Contemporary Walk’, Gallery Ragini @ The Claridges, New Delhi 2013; the 9th Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of Print Art 2011, India 2011; the India Art Collective (Online Art Fair), 2011; “Red Room” Group Show in Gallery Ragini, New Delhi, 2011;”Nirvana” Group show in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi,2011; Friends of Fine Arts, Group Show at Birla Academy, Kolkata, 2010; “META 4″ group Show, at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India 2010; 4th Group Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, India 2005; 3rd Group Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, India Kolkata 2003; “Young Faces” Birla Academy Kolkata, India 2003; A.I.F.A.C.S. Annual Exhibition India 2002; 2nd Group Exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, India New Delhi 2002; 1st Group Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India 2002; State Academy (West Bengal) Annual Exhibition, India 2002; Annual Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India 2001; Annual Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India 2000;College Exhibition (Indian Collage of Art & Draftsmanship) 1998, 1999; 2000 Best Exhibit award from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India 2001.
Saptarshi Das’ Digital Prints on paper are stunning.
MyGrain: Saptarshi Das
This is what Saptarshi has to say about his artworks with food grains:
“The series MyGrain conveys the message of food security for all, with agricultural prosperity and a well mannered distribution system in society. I tweak the traditional form of art using food grains by encapsulating them with transparent resins permanently, and shaping them into contemporary image forms. The works in this series stand in a single word “ MyGrain” which is a hybrid word like hybrid crops, or seeds like Monsanto, BT Cotton, Kargeel etc. and refers, as a whole, to the problems and the demands for food or grain for every individual. I have purposely worked with poor quality images (pixilated or low resolution) depicting poor citizens of the society; so that in a macro level the audience can find the proper images from a certain distance while in a micro level one can discover the original material: food grains.
Despite the economic performance, with over 200 million people who are food insecure, India is home to the largest number of hungry people in the world. In the ranking of the Global Hunger Index 2008 it covers position 66 out of 88 ranked countries and has an “alarming“ (23.7) food security situation. The major problem in the country is the high prevalence of underweight children under five, which is a result of low nutrition and the educational status of women.
My works deal with the socio-economic present realities of India, where disparities between the rich and poor are strategically submerged by the glittering skin of globalization. On the one hand people suffer from the lack of grains, while on the other, a minority enjoys all the luxuries and pleasures. While the rich waste enormous amount of food the majority lives below poverty line.”