Help me to organize an art exhibition [Linocut Prints]

By Sajeev Kumar

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I am Sajeev Kumar, born in Port Blair, Andaman Nicobar Islands in 1969. I have a degree in Painting, Fine arts. Last 25 years I'm working as an Art Teacher. My present school is Sreenidhi International School, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. I'm married and have a daughter of 13 year old! These prints are the outcomes of my years long experiment with Linocut printmaking. They are done in pure reduction printing method, and not hand coloured or stencil ones; they rebel the conventional way of block printing. I wanted to free the enormous possibilities of this wonderful medium from the traditional boundaries, which I feel, I have achieved to a great extend. I feel tremendous joy and love to share the metamorphosis of linocut printmaking with the multitude; hence this thought came. There are several issues behind why artists are not venturing into reduction block printing. The unavailability of ink and linoleum in India [I use imported ones] is a major reason. The risk factors involved in the painstaking process are very high. And there is no guarantee that one would get a fine print at the end.

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Dear friends,

The attached pdf file contains images of few of my prints. These prints are the outcomes of my years long experiment with Linocut printmaking. They are done in pure reduction printing method, and not hand coloured or stencil ones; they do rebel the conventional way of block printing. I wanted to free the enormous possibilities of this wonderful medium from the traditional boundaries, which I feel, I have achieved to a great extend. I feel tremendous joy and love to share the metamorphosis of linocut printmaking with the multitude; hence the thought of an exposition.

There are several issues behind why artists are not venturing into reduction block printing. The unavailability of ink and linoleum in India [I use imported ones] is a major reason. The risk factors involved in the painstaking process are very high. And there is no guarantee that one would get a fine print at the end.


I simply love this medium. I’ve ventured upto 7 colours so far; I strongly believe that no one on earth would have gone to that much risky extend!


I’m born in Port Blair, Andaman Nicobar Islands, India in 1969.  At the age of 5 I lost my parents in an accident. My grandfather brought me back to Kerala, India where I had my education. I have a first class degree in Painting, Fine Arts.  Soon after my graduation in 1992 to I took up my profession as an art teacher; last 25 years I’m in teaching field. I spent my holidays in experimenting reduction printmaking. My last exhibition was in 1995 in Pune, India.  The response was very good. However, after that I could not curate another exhibition; financial burden was the main reason. After my marriage the responsibilities increased.  I have a daughter who is in 9th grade.


Somehow, I do not believe in having an exhibition for namesake! I want to have a solo exhibition in a dignified manner; a decent brochure, quality framing, press conference, good gallery and minimum 30 works. At present I have 22 works.  If I’m lucky to raise the amount I can manage all these + I can import some more linoleum and ink from US.


I would be happy to offer one of my prints [some I have 6 to 7 editions] to anyone who donates more than Rs.10000.

Thanking you in anticipation

Constantly

Sajeev

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