Artistic excellence

City-based Pragya Jain is holding her art exhibition and is happy to live here after having moved from Boston recently
It won’t be too far-fetched to call her a child prodigy as she was awarded for excellence in arts while she was still a high school student, by the President of India. A graduate of the Delhi College of Art, Pragya Jain has been showcasing across the world for a decade now — New York and Boston, and many other places. And if that’s not it, her artworks find prominent places in homes and offices of major collectors. We speak to the pretty lady who is showcasing her artwork in the city, on her inspirations and achievement.
Talking of her first tryst with the brush, she says, “I have been studying art since I was a child and always got abundant encouragement from my teachers.
Art was a subject at AISSC level I had topped, after which I took the entrance exam for Delhi College of Art, New Delhi. After graduating, I was privileged to show my art with some remarkable masters in the field like Raza and Hussain.”
The artist who loves how she can paint her mind on a canvas, didn’t have an easy start. “The initial challenge was to be taken seriously. I come from a political family and every outsider thought that art to a woman is just a hobby, but soon people saw my work and dedication, and its been rewarding since then. Another hurdle was to find time after my son was born and continuously push myself and close myself in the studio to paint and my husband has been very supportive.”
Geometry is the key element in her canvases, alongwith the play of light and colours. Having the opportunity to showcase her works at the age of 26 in Boston and NYC wasn’t a mean feat. “Having sold my art was an even bigger one! Today, I have collectors there who are constantly in touch with me and want to know what is coming up next. My style is modern and it’s my own. I paint a lot of ballerinas and horses, along with many other animals and random subjects that catch my attention and I also have a label of my own called – ARTychoke, home and fashion accessories,” she states.
She was involved with the Women’s Caucus for the Art and was one of the founding members and former Vice-President of its Pioneer Valley Chapter in USA. Now based in Bengaluru, she admits she took a little time to adjust in the city after living in Boston. “Although it took a little while to get used to the city, the people here are so warm that it wasn’t tough.”

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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