Image (R) Durga, 102 x 76cm, Sakti Burman; (L) Dreamers, 76 x 56cm, Sakti Burman;

One of India’s big name artists collaborates with a Mumbai serigraph studio to make limited edition prints of Burman’s fine art over silk threads.

Lavesh Jagasia of The Serigraph Studio, honored Indian artist Sakti Burman, and Mumbai’s old Pundole Art Gallery in Fort took three years to complete an exhibition of limited edition serigraphs titled The Complete Collection by Sakti Burman which launches in Mumbai today. They will go to show in Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Kolkata.

Whenever an artist print-maker produces an original stencil print using the hand-held screen-printing method these are classified as serigraphs — the medium for this exhibition. In Latin ‘seri’ means silk and in Greek ‘graphos’ means to draw, hence the word ‘serigraph’ literally means to draw through silk.
“I am very enthusiastic towards this new dimension to the art world,” Jagasia says. “After doing a thorough research of the visual arts scene in the developed and mature art markets, the obvious answer was serigraphs as this type of print offers a wide colour spectrum and by virtue of the inks being applied layer by layer it gives a perspective and depth to the images. These prints are regarded as ‘multiple originals’ by the artist. The market for multiple originals is huge and here to stay.”

You can assume Jagasia knows what he’s talking about. The list of artists he’s collaborated with at The Serigraph Studio include Indian masters such as S.H. Raza, Paritosh Sen, Jogen Chowdhury, Ram Kumar, Jehangir Sabavala, K. G. Subramanyam, Rameshwar Broota, Ganesh Haloi, Lalu Prasad Shaw and Manu Parekh among others.

The 24 limited edition serigraphs for sale at this show are based on choicest Burman paintings encompassing the last two decades of this legendary painter’s artistic evolution. Burman’s harmonious merging of imagery from the east and west comes naturally to an Indian artist who has lived most of his life in Paris, but is profoundly in touch with his Indian roots.

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