Out of the box

RA­JARSHI SMART, 27, Painter

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI -

A frame that de­picts a young boy strug­gling to catch a mos­quito or an­other that shows a lit­tle girl en­gaged in look­ing through her binoc­u­lars are the sub­jects that play on painter Ra­jarshi Smart’s can­vas. Ra­jarshi is a third gen­er­a­tion painter from Su­rat who fol­lowed his grand­fa­ther Va­sudeo Smart and his fa­ther Jagdeep Smart’s foot­steps. He com­pleted his bach­e­lors in paint­ing and did his masters in print­mak­ing from MS Univer­sity, Vado­dara.

KITSCH KING His tal­ent of cap­tur­ing real life won him the Gu­jarat Lalit Kala Academy award for the best graphic artist (in print­mak­ing) in 2008. To­day, his works adorn many gal­leries in Gu­jarat, Mum­bai, Delhi, Hi­machal Pradesh, and other states across the coun­try.

His claim to fame is the se­ries of paint­ings he does on his in­stal­la­tion of an au­torick­shaw. “The Au­torick­shaw is my muse,” he says. “And Bol­ly­wood is my in­spi­ra­tion.” Adding to his art are his sar­cas­tic cap­tions. For in­stance, a paint­ing fea­tur­ing a rick­shaw is ti­tled ‘ Laila’ or ‘ Buri

Nazar Wale Tera Muh Kala’. “The lan­guage of pop cul­ture is also a strong in­flu­ence on my work; es­pe­cially the lan­guage em­ployed in cinema hoard­ings,” says this

pakko Hu­urti dikro (com­pletely Su­rati fel­low). Con­tact: ra­jarshi.smart@gmail.com

sec­ond opinion “I have watched him grow into a fine artist. He is do­ing some of

the most in­ter­est­ing work in the in­dus­try to­day.”


“I was born into a painter’s fam­ily. Life is

noth­ing but art to me.”

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