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 2016 to Yogesh Ramakrishna.
Artist and print-maker Yogesh received his bachelor’s degree in from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai in 2014 followed by a masters in visual art from M. S. University, Baroda in 2016 with a specialization in printmaking techniques. He has participated in several residencies such as the Kooshk-Cultural Exchange Program in Tehran (2017), and the Black Church Print Studio residency in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019). Further, he has been part of the Khoj- Peers Share Program in Delhi (2016) the Space Studio Residency in Vadodara (2019), and the Piramal Artist Residency, Mumbai (2019). His solo exhibition 'Don’t believe me! I am telling the Truth!' in 2017 was curated by Satyajit Dave at the Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, and held under the aegis of the Purushottam Public Trust. He has also participated several group shows across India.
Yogesh adopted printmaking as tool to explore his project based ideas through series of works, experimenting with traditional techniques of printmaking in a newly conceptualized way. In his recent works he attempts to elaborate on the wide possibilities of etching process through experimentation and study. Along with printmaking, Yogesh explores drawing, installations and interactive qualities in his work. His works illustrate his perspective on current socio-political conditions, cultural propaganda, post-truth era behaviors of the society. The visual content of his work thereby becomes overdramatic, comically stylized, mythically charged and sometimes erotic. Altogether his works are perfect amalgamation of sociopolitical situations, existing myths and its behaviors with a touch of fantasy element to it which attempts to provide space for hope to the current world.
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