Jitish Kallat



Born: India, Mumbai

“My art is more like a researcher's project who uses quotes rather than an essay, with each painting necessitating a bibliography," says the artist; furthermore, the use of his own image introduces an autobiographical element. He chooses an economical, nearly abstract, form of narrative. Images float around the protagonist, like icons on a computer screen that resemble an intricate web. "Any visual material relevant to me" serves as the source of material. Images of the print media are photocopied and transferred on to the surface. Hence he draws a distinction between 'real', as opposed to the painted image which he considers fictional. Kallat’s images are like a picture puzzle which the viewer has to decode and conclude upon. The treatment of the picture plane is like a battered wall, and refers to the duality in his painting. Kallat describes his art practice of incorporating material from various sources as "It is like copyrighting an artwork which itself has been appropriated from so many histories, people, collaborations." He acknowledges an acceptance as well as his critique of the modernist concept of authorship in which he revels.

lives and works: India, Mumbai

Painting, Installation


  • 1996-97 Fellow at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
  • 1990-96 B.F.A. (painting), Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai


select solo exhibitions

  • 2011: Stations of a Pause, Chemould gallery, Mumbai
  • 2010: The Astronomy of Subway, Haunch of Venison, London
  • 2008: Aquasaurus, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
  • 2008: Skinside Outside, Arario, Seoul
  • 2008: Public Notice-2, Bodhi Art, Singapore
  • 2008: Universal Recipient, Haunch of Venison, Zurich
  • 2007: Sweatopia, Chemould Prescott Road Bodhi Art
  • 2007: Unclaimed Baggage, Albion, London
  • 2007: 365 Lives, Arano, Beijing
  • 2007: Rickshawpolis-3, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
  • 2006: Rickshawpolis-2, Spazio Piazzasempione, Milan
  • 2005: Rickshawpolis-1, Nature Morte, New Delhi
  • 2005: Panic Acid, Bodhi Art, Singapore
  • 2005: Humiliation Tax, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • 2004: The Lie Of The Land, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2004: FAQ, Art Rotterdam, Holland
  • 2002: First Information Report, Bose Pacia, New York
  • 2001: Milk Route, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • 2001: General Essential, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
  • 2000: Ibid, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • 1999: Private limited I, Bose Pacia, New York
  • 1999: Private limited-II, Apparao Gallery, Chennai
  • 1998: Apostrophe, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • 1997: P.T.O., Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • 1997: Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai

select group exhibitions

  • 2011: Maximum India, The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC
  • 2010: Bring Me A Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, The Hunt Gallery, Missouri
  • 2010: All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakereen Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2009: Indian Summer, Gallery Christian Hosp, Berlin
  • 2009: Architectonica, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi
  • 2009: India Contemporary, GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hague
  • 2009: Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
  • 2009: Inaugural Show, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei
  • 2009: Body Chatter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2008: Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London
  • 2008: Die Tropen, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
  • 2008: Chalo India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 2008: GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 2008: 3rd Guangzhou Triennal, Guangzhou, China
  • 2008: Pasage to India, Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton
  • 2006: The 5th Asia Pacific Tirennale of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery
  • 2006: Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia "Passages", Palais De Beaux Arts, Brussels
  • 2006: Lille 3000, Lille, France
  • 2006: The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2006: Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing
  • 2006: The Busan Museum, Korea
  • 2006: L'Art a La Plage, Gallery Enrico Navarra, Ramatuelle, France
  • 2006: Another Worlds, Arario Gallery, Korea
  • 2005: Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
  • 2005: The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore/Rotterdam/Trivandrum, House of World Culture, Berlin
  • 2005: 1st Pocheon Asian Art Triennale, Pocheon, Korea
  • 2005: Paths of Progression, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
  • 2005: Mom and Pop Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2005: The Armory Show, Nature Morte, New York
  • 2005: International Painting, Gallery GBK, Sydney
  • 2005: Kunst En Oorlod, Kunst en Cultuur Noord, Holland
  • 2004: The Sacrifice - An Intimate I, Collection of Henri Swagemakers, Museum De Beyerd, Holland
  • 2004: Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
  • 2004: Summer Show, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
  • 2004: Art Chicago, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2004: Masala, William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut
  • 2004: Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest Museum, Lisbon
  • 2003: SubTerrain: Artists Dig the Contemporary, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
  • 2003: Drawing Conclusions, New York Arts Gallery, New York
  • 2003: Pictorial Transformations, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
  • 2003: Urban Graffiti, Woolff Gallery, London
  • 2003: Crossing Generations:Diverge, Gallery Chemould's, Mumbai
  • 2003: National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 2003: Indians & Cowboys, Gallery 4A, Sydney
  • 2003: The Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kultursenter, Hovikodden, Norway
  • 2003: Arco 2003, Madrid, Spain
  • 2002: Under Construction, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo
  • 2002: India- Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey
  • 2002: Singapore Art Fair, Singapore
  • 2002: Clicking into Place, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2001: Century City, Tate Modern, London
  • 2001: Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2001: Indian Contemporary Fine Arts, Seven Degrees, California
  • 2000: Seventh Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
  • 2000: Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • 1999: Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • 1999: The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
  • 1999: Nature Morte, New York
  • 1999: Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
  • 1998: Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • 1998: Art of the World 1998, Passage de Retz, Paris
  • 1998: Multi Media Art of 90's, CIMA Gallery, Calcutta
  • 1998: Jehangir Nicholson Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 1998: The Wilberding Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 1998: Indian Contemporary Art, The R.P.G. collection, Leverkusen and Monheim, Germany
  • 1997: Innenseite, Kassel, Germany
  • 1997: 50 years of Art in Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

honours & awards

  • 2003 Young Achiever Award, Provogue-Society
  • 2002 Harmony Award
  • 2001 Indo-American Society’s ‘Young Achiever Award’
  • 2001 Sanskriti Award
  • 1996-97 Awarded Fellowship at Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai
  • 1996 K.K. Hebbar Art Foundation Award
  • 1996 First Prize, Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai

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