Photos:  Jyoti Bhatt

Text: Rukshaan Art Gallery

These images are part of a solo show by Baroda’s master painter-printmaker and photographer Jyoti Bhatt. Titled, My Land, My Village, the show on view at Mumbai’s Rukshaan Art gallery. 

Jyoti Bhatt was born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat in 1934. He studied painting under N.S. Bendre and K.G. Subramanyan at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. Later he studied fresco and mural painting at Banasthali Vidyapith in Rajasthan and at the Academia di belle Art in Naples, Italy and the Pratt Institute and Pratt graphic Center in New York. 1985 saw him learning the basics of holography in the United Kingdom. He also taught at MSU, Baroda for 33 years.

Bhatt’s works are in the prestigious collections of MOMA, New York; Pratt Graphic Art Center, New York; Smithsonian Museum ,Washington DC; Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Dusseldorf Art Museum , Dusseldorf, the British Museum , London; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi;Baroda Museum ,Vadodara; Roopankar Museum; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal and so on.

Bhatt is best known for his work in painting and printmaking and also his photographic documentation of visual culture mainly from rural and tribal India. He moved from a cubist influence in his early work to a light-hearted and colourful pop art that drew its imagery from traditional Indian folk designs.

My Land, My Village is on view till 14 January