Jin Sook Shinde
South Korean artist known for her experimentations with traditional artforms, Jin Sook Shinde’s work combines tradition and contemporaneity to explore natural forms as well as Indian architecture and landscape.
Born in South Korea, Shinde graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Hong IK College of Art, Seoul, in 1976 and went on to study printmaking at Atelier 17, Paris (1980–83), where she was mentored by English printmaker Stanley Hayter. While in Paris, she met Vilas Shinde, whom she later married and with whom she moved to India in 1983. She also worked at the Glasgow Print Studio in 2000.
Early in her career, Shinde aimed to devise her own style that was removed from traditional Chinese painting as well as Western modes of art, depicting nature and landscapes with simple lines and contours and the economical use of light and colour. She also focused on formal repetition in her works, adapted from traditional crafts such as weaving. Her works are further marked by the use of natural pigments applied with spontaneous brushstrokes and finely cut, painted strips of paper which are arranged and pressed on acrylic surfaces to communicate shifting depths and textures. In her later practice, she experimented with pasting the paper strips such that they stand on their sides, to explore the effects of light, shadow and colour.
Her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions, including the Gallery Chemould, Mumbai (1999); Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2000); the India International Centre, New Delhi (2013); and the Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai (2018). Shinde was also part of the committee for the Lalit Kala Akademi’s Print Biennale (2020). She received the Bombay Art Society Award in 1984 and the DG Nadkarni Art Critic Award in 1986.
At the time of writing, she lives and works in Mumbai.
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