The Purushottam Public Trust Scholarships
As an important form of Contemporary and Modern Art, Graphic Printmaking is unique and exhaustive, expensive and laborious to practice. The Purushottam Annual Merit Award for Printmaking encourages artists to continue this art form through monetary support as well as offering a platform for them to showcase their work. We hope to play a small role by helping talented budding artists, especially print-makers. The core objective is to provide initial momentum to a deserving artist as he/she leaves the cocooned existence of a university and embarks on a professional journey.
One of the main initiatives of the Trust is, therefore, to offer scholarships to new talent in the filed of print making, and we offer scholarships and a platform for exposure to them.
In alignment with this, every year, since 2014, the Purushottam Public Trust has awarded an annual merit award to a student in the field of print-making.
This is executed under the aegis of the Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and the Head of the Department of Graphics at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat - the premier institution of contemporary Indian art in the country. This annual merit award is conferred on the student securing highest marks in the final examinations of the Graphic Arts Course (Practical). The awardee receives a monetary award of Rupees One Lac, as well as the opportunity to showcase his/her works at the end of the year at a premier art gallery in Vadodara.
The Purshottam Public Trust awarded its Annual Merit Scholarship for the year 2022 to Rokesh Patil.
He has mastered all the printmaking techniques such as intaglio, Relief and planography, and he prefers mostly to work with the intaglio and specially the Dry point technique. He belongs to the Koli family, where he has been exposed with the boat, fish and fisherman net and the sea water and waves, as that became his subject for his prime focus to depict his ideas and emotions in his early artistic creations. Where as in Baroda since he is not able to see the sea, and fish. He tries to focus on the elements such as submarine and sea water and his past memories and observations to explore his artistic creations. He has developed his own technique to build up his matrix for printing color intaglio, where one can see his maturity in thoughts and artistic exploration.
Click HERE to download his resume.