1. Montana 1, from the Tree Series (2019) – photogravure print on Somerset; 9 x 7 in.
2. Montana 2, from the Tree Series (2019) – photopolymer print on Somerset; 13.2 x 7.8 in.
3. Braga-1, from the Tree Series (2019) – screen print, digital print, mixed media on Rives; 14 x 10.5 in.
4. Chic (2019) – screen print, digital print, mixed media on Rives; 14 x 10 in.
Bhagya Ajaikumar is based in Chicago, IL, USA & Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She has been a visiting faculty member at the Department of Visual Arts at Bangalore University since 2014. She was a visiting professor at the Chamarajendra Academy of Fine Arts in Mysore (2008 to 2013) and a visiting professor at the University School of Design, in Mysore 2007 to 2012.
Ms. Ajaikumar is the Founder and Director of the Swasti Contemporary Art Gallery in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Located in HCG Hospital, Swasti is a nonprofit gallery that provides an aesthetic oasis to cancer patients and their families, promotes artists, and raises funds to treat needy patients. She has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA from the University of Iowa, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“As an art educator, curator, arts administrator, and activist creating art-based empowerment programs in rural India, the experiences inform my explorations of identity and interrelation. As lover of nature, my recent art imagery have evolved through my passion of capturing moments during my travel and trekking expeditions. My art engages with the changing environment, its provenance encompasses assorted print and image making processes—etching, woodcut, photo gravure, photopolymer plate, photo-lithography plate, screen printing, drawing, and painting. I work with layering of imagery while exploring formal parallels between traditional printmaking and contemporary practices, while digital processes announce the contemporaneity of tradition.”
© Bhagya Ajaikumar