Jitish Kallat (B.1974, India) received his BFA in painting from the Sir J. J. School of Art in Mumbai in 1996. Kallat's paintings are often monumental, his largest painting being 8 x 20 feet (2.5 x 7 meters) in size. His subject matters are often self-referential, depicting himself, his wife, & other members of his family. Kallat's methodology involves a heavy reliance on photography, giving his paintings an appearance that resembles a popular advertisement.
The face that Jitish Kallat’s paintings present to the viewer is a deliberately uninviting one. Kallat’s works record a continuing process of decay & growth. They simulate - through the piquant ambiguities of density & shadow - the effects of peeling & chipping, scratching & smudging, the spread of damp and moss. Kallat turns his picture surface into a wall: a public document on which private emotion finds purchase in teasing graffiti & impulsive doodles, memoranda jotted among patches of mouldy plaster.
Jitish Kallat still works & lives in Mumbai & has exhibited internationally including Britain, Germany & the United States.