Artist of The Day | Orijit Sen
Orijit Sen (born 1963) is an Indian graphic artist and designer. His graphic novel River of Stories, published in 1994 by Kalpavriksh, is considered as the first graphic novel of India. He co-founded People Tree in 1990 as a "collaborative studio and store for artists, designers, and craftspeople." He is one of the founders of The Pao Collective of comic book artists; PAO: The Anthology Of Comics 1 by Penguin Books India won the 2nd Comic Con India Awards 2012 in the best graphic anthology category. He is Mario Miranda Chair visiting professor at Goa University. The Disappearing Tiger, a T-shirt designed by him, is currently featured at The Fabric of India exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His diverse works, which include public art works, have been exhibited in India, England, Russia, France, Japan, Canada, and various other countries.
As a graphic artist and designer, I have always been interested in posters, particularly screen-printed posters. In some ways, the traditional printed poster is a marginalized form now—with the shrinking public spaces in our cities now dominated by large-scale, commercial digital printing; and with the internet and social media having become the medium of choice for the delivery and consumption of announcements, publicity and propaganda of all kinds. Of course, posters continue to survive within certain specific contexts - such as at mainstream political rallies, or as part of the organizing efforts of social movements, or in college campuses.
The very limitations of the old media - limited colors and tones, higher production costs and logistics of dissemination etc., gave rise to graphic forms that were distinctive and beautiful. I am particularly fascinated by the ways that posters balance the need to grab attention with arresting graphics and type, and then draw the viewer into a more nuanced or layered exposition of the subject at hand.
‘Imposters’ pays homage to the language of posters through a series of limited edition screen prints.
Unlike conventional posters—such as announcements, which would usually speak to the future—these ‘imposters’ are retrospectively created, using full advantage of hindsight to investigate and play upon some of the influential events, people, cities and ideas of our time. In unpacking the iconic imagery of traditional poster art, these graphic renditions move between homage and spoof, between the real and the imaginary, between fiction and fact. Seen collectively, the images and texts on these posters also constitute a personal commentary on the many cultural and political histories we simultaneously strive to live with and live by.
Courtesy of Roy Thomas