Aparajita Sen

Statement

My art resonates with a sense of mystery, poetry, lyrical rhythm, and movement of patterns in nature, our environment, and our earth. I am intrigued by symbolism and impressions which I like to present in a contemporary and abstract style with brilliant colors. Each painting is a product of deep reflection, meditation, and emotions that come from within. I enjoy bringing these bright compositions to my viewers with oils, acrylic, watercolors, and mixed media. 

Over the last several years I have been keenly observing our beautiful earth through the clouds during my many travels around the world.  I was always so drawn to what I saw that I decided to capture the vivid colors of those natural views on my canvas. As the climate crisis is a phenomenon that has always concerned me, I feel the need to use my artistic expression to raise awareness about ‘Our Earth’ and the environmental issues we face today. Reminding mankind to get together to work towards saving our earth makes it a safer place to live for future generations.To reflect this passion, I started painting a new series called “Ridges.” Since I work mostly from imagination, the only thing I knew about each painting when I started working on them was my color palette.  As I began laying the colors it all came to together naturally on the canvas. In each individual painting, I painstakingly set forth on the daunting task of bringing the majesty of our globe to my canvas as a tribute to the planet with which we are blessed.

http://www.senjita.com

Biography

My journey with colors began at a very early age. I was inspired by my maternal grandfather, a well-known artist in India and student of Rabindranath Tagore, first Asian Nobel laureate. 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 some 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 media 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 focus on developing my skills and expand my artistic range by exploring abstractions with mixed media and constantly considering and experimenting with new techniques and themes.

Exhibitions

2022Cultural Center of Cape Cod juried ‘Small Works Holiday Show & Sale’, Cape Cod
Las Laguna Art Gallery “Outstanding- Open Theme” online & In-person juried show, Laguna Beach, CA
Inaugural ‘Small Works Show’ juried show at 3Cs Art Collective Main Street Gallery, Colorado
Featured artist show at North American Bengali Conference, Las Vegas
University of Rhode Island Providence Campus Gallery, Rhode Island
Art league Rhode Island – Below the Surface II juried show, Rhode Island
Las Laguna Art Gallery’ Best of the Best show’, Laguna Beach, CA
2021Art Fluent ‘True Blue’ juried show Boston, MA
2021: 2nd Half Online Show, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2021: Modalities of Memory, Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NY, New York
2020-21Biafarin juried Online Exhibizone 2020 fall Ontario, Canada
2019Art in Rome; International art exhibition
International Art show, Bologna
Artexpo Rome; International art exhibition 
Tokyo International Art Exhibition, Toyko, Japan
Abstract Matters juried show, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2018Exposure 2018- Ceres Gallery, New York, New York
Stem to Steam – private art exhibition, Bellemead, NJ
2017Dharma in the 21st Century – Art show and fundraiser for Clean Ganga Foundation, West Windsor Arts Council , Princeton Junction, NJ
2016Solo Show – UMDNJ Gallery – Plainsboro Library, NJ
2015Light Space & Time, March 2015 ‘’All Women” Art Exhibition, juried online show
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Deepwells Mansion, St. James NY 
IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art 2015, NY juried show (traveling exhibition)
1st National Square Show, Ceres Gallery, New York
West Windsor Arts Council member juried show, NJ
2014Light Space & Time, Oct 2014 Abstract Art Competition, juried online show
2012IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art 2012, NY juried show (traveling exhibition from New York to Virginia)
2011Pastel Society of New Jersey, Award winners show
2010Museum 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 
2009Mrittika Inc of New Jersey – South Asian Heritage show, NJ 
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ 
2008Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ

Teaching/Involvements

Co-Chair of Art Action committee – Princeton Day School 2016-2017
Teaching artist at The West Windsor Arts Council, 2013-2016.
After-School-Enrichment art classes – Princeton Day School 2012-2014

Awards/Recognition

2021: International Artist Magazine (Feb/Mar 2021 issue#137) featured article ‘Nature Abstracted’ – Demonstrations, Workshops & Master Painters of the World
2020: International Artist Magazine (Aug/Sept 2020 issue #134) – Ridges 28 recipient of Finalist award for their Abstract/Experimental art competition #118
2020: Selected for Agora gallery representation, Chelsea, NYC  
2019: International Artist Magazine (April/May 2019 issue # 126) ‘Ridges 1’ recipient of Finalist award for their Abstract/Experimental art competition #110
2019: The Circle Foundation of the Arts, Spotlight Contemporary ART Magazine issue #16 
2019- 2020: The Circle Foundation of the Arts, ‘Ridges 6’ recipient of Honorable Mention, Artist of the Year Award Contest.
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
2014: Light Space & Time, 2014 Abstract Art Competition – recipient of Special Recognition Award selected from 896 entries submitted from around the world
2014: Featured Artist at Manhattan Arts International, NYC
2010: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ – Award of Excellence