Fantasy in the Mundane

London-based illustrator Janine Shroff grew up in Bombay. She claims that it was her lack of ability or interest in most other fields that made her go into the arts. However,in school Janine drew on her desks, notebooks and any paper she could find. Janine’s school had a small art class with prescribed topics, styles and techniques. ‘Figurative’ or ‘Memory’ drawings were her favourite and has formed the core basis of her work since then.

Her inspirations include comics like MAD magazine, Joe Coleman (who drew the detailed fold-ins at the back), Sergio Aragones (He drew tiny comics in the margins) and as she grew older comics like Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns, Sandman etc.
After a failed application to NID, Janine went to college first at Camberwell College of Arts in London and later for an M.A. at Central St. Martins College in 2007. She was short-listed for the Mercury Art Prize in 2007 and has exhibited in group-shows in London at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich & The Mall Galleries at the ICA.

Janine’s work is figurative and occasionally surreal – utilising bright colours and humour with darker undertones. Androgynous bird characters and humans enact fantasy scenes, mostly in mundane and domestic landscapes. Her work explores a range of themes including birth, pregnancy, relationships, sexual identity and gender, in mixed media, acrylic and ballpoint-pens on heavy-weight paper.

Last December Janine had her first solo show in Mumbai’s Sitara Studios and is currently working on a new set of personal works.

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