Aparajita Sen

Artist- Aparajita Sen
website- www.senjita.com

Biography

As a self-taught artist, my journey with colors began at a very early age with pencil sketches. I was inspired by my maternal grandfather, a well-known artist in India, who had trained with the renowned poet/artist and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. After my family immigrated to the United States I continued drawing through my school years winning several awards and recognition for my art. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Finance. Subsequently, I worked in the financial/banking field for several years and found myself with little or no time to devote to my artwork. However, despite the time constraints I made every effort to pursue my artistic interests by continuing to draw and sketch whenever I had the time.
My strong desire to immerse myself in art led me to make the decision to forgo my career in banking and pursue a career in Fine Arts. I have since completed some years of training with many award winning artists at the Visual Arts Center in Summit and other art organizations and worked with various mediums such as oil, pastel, acrylic, charcoal and watercolor as well as mixed media.
Additionally, I have a Graphic Design Certificate from Rutgers University and have completed Visual Arts/Art History courses at Princeton University. I continue to develop my skills and expand my artistic range by exploring abstractions with mixed media and constantly considering and experimenting with new techniques and themes.

Artist’s Statement

My work reflects my background and my exposure to the influences of different cultures. Intrigued by symbolism and imagery, I like to merge symbols, thoughts and events from nature and presenting them in a contemporary style. I enjoy evoking a sense of mystery by capturing and unifying visual ideas and subject matter with brilliant and vibrant colors. My painting process evolves from a meditation that yields a state of mind that transcends mere rendering of thoughts and images and presents a deeper sense of reflection. I bring these colorful compositions to my viewers with oils and mixed media.

Membership
2014: Manhattan Arts International, New York
2014: Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Associate
2013: Museum of Modern Art, New York
2011: West Windsor Art Council, New Jersey
2011: Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey
2009: The Center for Contemporary Art, New Jersey

Shows
2015: Light Space & Time, March 2015 ‘’All Women” Art Exhibition, juried online show
2015: Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Deepwells Mansion, St. James NY
2015: IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art 2015, NY juried show (traveling exhibition)
2015: 1st National Square Show, Ceres Gallery, New York
2015: West Windsor Arts Council member juried show, NJ
2014: Light Space & Time, Oct 2014 Abstract Art Competition, juried online show
2013: The Center for Contemporary Art, juried member show, NJ
2013: West Windsor Art Council, faculty show, NJ
2013: ‘RAYS’ juried show sponsored by Regional Chronic Disease Coalition Morris/Somerset Counties, traveling show, NJ
2012: IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art 2012, NY juried show (traveling exhibition from New York to Virginia)
2011: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Award winners show
2010: Museum of American Finance, Wall Street, Event for Financial Literacy, NY
2010: Princeton University, Lucas Gallery, Charcoal Drawings show, NJ
2010: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ
2010: ‘Passport to the Arts’ juried show, Clifton Arts Center, Clifton, NJ
2010: Lakeside Art Studio juried show, Morristown Theater, Morristown, NJ
2009: Mrittika Inc of New Jersey - South Asian Heritage show, NJ
2009: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ
2008: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ

Teaching/Involvements
Co-Chair of Art Action committee - Princeton Day School
Teaching artist/Faculty in West Windsor Arts Council
After-School-Enrichment art classes – Princeton Day School

Awards/Recognition
2015: Light Space & Time, March 2015 4th Annual ‘’All Women’’ Art Exhibition – recipient of the Special Merit Award selected from 1,154 entries from US and around the world
http://www.lightspacetime.com/all-women-special-merit-category-2/
2014: Light Space & Time, 2014 Abstract Art Competition – recipient of Special Recognition Award selected from 896 entries submitted from around the world
http://www.lightspacetime.com/abstracts-art-exhibition-october-2014/
2014: Featured Artist at Manhattan Arts International, NYC
http://www.manhattanarts.com/aparajita-sen-abstract-paintings/
2010: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ – Award of Excellence


Portfolio:

Nature's Wonder

Inspired by sulphur springs for this series.