“There is influence of both French and Indian art in my work. I use a lot of vibrant colours, but balance the colours with the texture.”
From her days at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris, where she experimented with the monotype to her studio in Norway and her home in Pune, Sujata Bajaj has explored various materials, medias and methods. She has worked with different art forms and media such as etching, wood-cut, sculpture, murals, cold ceramic, fibre-glass, metal, mixed media and, now, acrylic.
Tribal art plays a major role in Sujata’s work even today. Quite natural given the fact that she did her PhD degree in Indian tribal art and has lectured on it across the world. Art critic Ranjit Hoskote, while reviewing Sujata’s work says, “Each of her frame acts as a variation on the past, the ancestral inheritance: in the ochre yellow and red palette, we are recalled into the ritual circle of sacrifice; a hero-stone, a tribal totem, a lost goddess of fertility is suggested by certain motifs; and in the elegant calligraphy of the sacred texts, the hymns repeated until the pitch of perfection has been achieved.”
Sujata Bajaj spends her time between Pune, Norway and Paris.