Jatin Das is counted with reverence among India’s contemporary artists. Das shines like the northern star in the various venues of artistic expression be it painting, graphic art, sculpture, murals or even poetry. In 2012, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan, India’s highest civilian award by the President of India for his contribution to art. His national and international art shows and artist camps are much awaited and find overwhelming attendance. His works have made it into the homes and spaces of some popular collectors and art lovers in India and abroad.
Das’s paintings are of people. His love for the human form finds dynamic ways of expression under his watchful eye and gifted hand. His paintings are chiefly of man-woman relationship. At times the paintings speak crisis, at times, mere contact progressing to disclosures, emotional tensions, and the many other myriad of human expressions. Jatin Das also has a rather pet hobby – collecting pankhas (hand fans). He started 28 years ago and today owns over 6500 fans and related objects, a majority of which are from the Indian subcontinent. The collection will eventually be housed in a National Pankha Museum in New Delhi. A book on the subject, ‘To Stir the Still Air’ is expected to be published very soon.
When one talks about Jatin Das, it is incomplete without a mention of his philanthropy. He liberally donates to charities in India and overseas. He is noted for his active relief and rehabilitation work of a village in Orissa after the super cyclone in 1999. Jatin Das lives and works out of New Delhi, India.