Rama Jana


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Rama Jana was born in India and came to the UK after graduating from Calcutta University. She then studied at UCLAN, obtaining a BA honours in Painting and Printing in 1982, followed in 2005 by an M.A. in Fine Art. Rama's early work was mostly figurative, and influenced by European Artists especially the French impressionists. She used mainly oil, pastel and acrylic on canvas and paper. Since her M.A. course she has developed a more experimental style and incorporated into her works themes drawn from Hindu mythology, especially the holy Vedas, a series of ancient Hindu religious texts. For a while she focused her attention on works of Alpona, a special type of traditional Indian wall and floor decoration made with rice.

Rama's more recent work concentrates on the use of ink drawings which further develop the themes of Hindu mythology and religious practices, combined with an interest in the particularity of nature. These works include intricate images of marshlands, trees, grasses and rivers. The river Ganges, the most sacred river for Hindus, is considered a Goddess and Rama's work expresses this force of divinity in an abstract form using complex flowing patterns.

Rama's drawings move smoothly from naturalistic representations of the landscape around the river Ganges to semi-abstract and symbolic images. They unite all these aesthetic approaches while reminding the viewer of the mysterious presence of the divine in nature, the beauty of the landscape and its fragile ecology.



 
Sun Flare
Sun Flare



Descent of the Ganges
Descent of the Ganges



Firegod
Firegod



Sheeba Holding the Ganges
Sheeba Holding the Ganges