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 2015 to Abhishek Narayan Verma.
Born in 1990 in Bihar. Abhishek completed his BFA in painting from the College of Art, New Delhi in 2012 and MVA in Graphics from M.S University, Baroda in 2015. He was a Gold medalist and also received a Scholarship from Ministry of Culture in 2014. He has participated in several National and International exhibitions such as the 57th & 58th NEA- LKA, Kochi-Muziris Student Biennale, DMZ Art Festival, Korea, and participated in the National Art Conclave organized by LKA, New Delhi in 2016 and 2017.
His solo show ” Diary of an idler” in 2016 at faculty of fine arts, Baroda was a part of Purushottam Annual merit Award for Printmaking. Currently he is based in Baroda.
The imagery in his Prints have continuously stemmed from constantly changing and demanding society. The works revolve around ideas of dysfunctionality, social conditioning, memory recall, personal insecurities arising out of one’s circumstances and anxiety, which he inject into his characters. He collides personal, social and political in a dramatized/theatrical setting using stark contrasts or subtleties. These settings reflect the mental states, becomes an investigative process through a selection of “what if’s”, building the arrangements in reaction to his own image-making.
Click HERE to download his resume.