ABOUT NEERAJJ MITTRA
Neerajj Mittra is a painter/sculptor from the prestigious Delhi College of Art. After having completed his masters in Sculpture in 1993, he pursued an Art Appreciation course from National Museum and a course in studio pottery from IGNOU. He has since conducted many seminars, workshops and camps on painting and sculpture. He has also been teaching pre-production in MAAC since 2004.
Neerajj has had a number of solo shows of bronze sculptures, charcoal drawings and mixed media paintings, and has participated in various group shows and artist camps. He has been awarded the ‘Award of Honor’ by Shahid Memorial Society in 1991; Art India, Punjab in 1992; The Creator's Cash Award and Bronze Medal in 1992-93; and the Merit Certificate awarded by 'The Creators' in 1994.
His work features in many private collections in India and abroad, and he also takes up commissioned jobs.
Artist Pablo Picasso surprised a burglar at work in his new chateau. The intruder got away, but Picasso told the police he could do a rough sketch of what he looked like. On the basis of his drawing, the police arrested a nun, the minister of finance, a washing machine, and the Eiffel tower.
That is the problem with artists. They try to help the world through art and help matters in a way that sometimes supersedes the useful intensity of the help.
My art, my work is like a fine & smooth whisky that has matured through the ages & is very relevant to the present age connoisseur.
I am sure you will agree if I say that a scotch whisky gets ‘character’ from everything associated with it; the barley, the water of the region, the oak of the barrel, the charcoal that heats it, the air that it first breathes and so on.
Correspondingly, my craft also takes influence from me and the elements that constitute me;, the artists’ abode I was born to, my free-spirited childhood in Karnal, my interaction with nature in a real sense, that is, mangroves, domestic strays etc., exposure to art, music, literature, ‘mushayera’, and art oriented discourses and unbridled positivity that was hard wired into me along with the artist genome. In that respect a major character builder was my undergrad and master’s study from Delhi College of art. And today, even my son, influences the character of my work.
My work helps me spread happiness, teach, teach happiness through art, interact with youngsters and children through art workshops (about two dozen of them now; including some in my hometown Karnal), and extend the circle to adults alike through juxtaposing and embedding art into living spaces. But most importantly, wit and good humour, which I believe goes and takes you a long way in life. I can’t but feel sympathy for ill-humoured folk.
Currently, I am working on two very existentialist aspects of life. First, is a collection of artwork titled “Cocoon” which expresses transformation. It portrays the before and after of its ugliness and its unabashed positivity, the ultimate result, the butterfly. Second, consists of designing living spaces where people spend at least half their life. I add dash of life to the interior designs and help create that They say that true achievement speaks for itself. But they don’t say the complete thing. And even miss out on some important things. It is a pity that honours such as ‘Award of Honor’ by Shahid Memorial Society in 1991; Art India, Punjab in 1992; The Creator's Cash Award and Bronze Medal in 1992-93; and the Merit Certificate awarded by 'The Creators' in 1994,scholarship to japan do not talk at all about my love for children and how I wish to use all my faculties to help develop the future of our nation; give them impetus and confidence to follows always follow their dreams; even if it takes them off the well-trodden path. (I mean for them to)Be an iconoclast or a conventional nine-to-fiver but don’t be some sheep following some herd. Every true calling in life ever came from the heart. I believe that. I follow that.
I also, as a conscious effort, try to explore and understand what spontaneity is and how it can be exploited. That is because my work style is very spontaneous. I use textures, metals, ink and all mediums that allow me to move seamlessly from one projection to another. Also, that is because spontaneity is a way of life for me. I multitask by letting life manage me rather than being the other way round. ‘HOME’
Neerajj Mittra's paintings are also available at:
18, & 22 & 29 Aram Nagar
2, J.P. Road, Versova,
Andheri (W), Mumbai, India