(Jaswant S. Tung) was born in 1960 in a small village 'Tung' in the scenic Punjab
region of India, where folk arts, crafts and poetry are integral parts of daily
life. Following tradition, he continued as a youth to develop his talent by choosing
his surroundings as his muse. Even at an early age, Jay knew that he wanted to
pursue his art both academically and professionally.
He earned a Degree in
Painting at the College of Art Chandigarh India. During his five years there,
he travelled around Punjab and the foothills of the Himalayas where he painted
landscapes in water colours and oil, as well as a series of village life sketches.
graduation, He lectured for the Government Polytechnic in Ambala City, India.
In the mid eighties he went to Nepal where, he painted large murals and paintings
for prominent five-star hotels in and around Kathmandu. In the late eighties he
went to East Africa Kenya, where for several years he painted African wildlife
in watercolors, acrylic and oil paints.
Jay has exhibited in over 50 solo,
group and art exhibits throughout India, Kenya, Canada, U.K. and U.S.A. He has
received several awards. His paintings are included in the permanent collections
of Galleries, Museums and private collectors throughout the world.
art of Jay reflects luminous consciousness, the essence of who we really are,
an empowering path to well being and self knowledge. Each image create its own
world where viewer enjoy the inner most and look forward to search for his own
Jay is a member of Portrait Society of America, New York Artists Equity
Association, Inc., Flushing Council on Culture & The Arts at Town Hall New
York. Williamsburg Art and Historical Center NY, Southampton Artist Association
Since 1999, he has been living and working in the U.S.
present some of his unique paintings. More can be seen on his website:http://www.punjabipainter.com
traversed various stations in my life, the conflict within encouraged me to create
these works. My recent paintings have been inspired by the Sacred Hymns of Sikh
Gurus, poetic compositions of Nath-Yogis, spiritual writings of Sufi Saints, and
the Punjabi folklore. I translate my spiritual and more worldly experiences into
images through various media and techniques. Using symbols, words and images in
bold colours, I enjoy the divine unsung melodies. Through meditation, I have forayed
into the realm of the Spirit, which prods me on to convey my innermost aspirations.
soothe my soul,
"I meditate through painting,
I paint through meditation." (jay jaswant)
present a few lines from articles published in a local New York newspaper:-
What we are; where we came from; and where do we go?
Prophets, Sages, Philosophers, Thinkers, Yogis, Scientists and other enlightened
people have different views about our entity, our origin, and our destination.
These questions are debated since thousands of years by almost every civilization.
Many of inhabitants of the earliest civilizations have left their questions and
answers carved or painted in the caves on the chests of stone, wood and metal
in the hills and forests. Old civilizations left their indelible imprint in the
temples, pyramids and other places carved, painted and written in so many different
media and methods. To date, in the modern world, living in the cyber age soul
searching is practiced by most humans. And most have different answers, questions
and confusions, pervading their minds.
Soul searching artist Jay Jaswant
says, "The answer is meditation, and art for me is a mystically magical journey
of self awareness and discovery. It is about possibilities, ideas, energy transformed
and expressed by lines, shapes, symbols, words and colors, emerging as forms of
humans, animals and landscapes. Part of the magic is THE MYSTERY and the conflict
within, encouraging me to create these works. The Sacred Hymns of Sikh Gurus,
poetic compositions of Nath-Yogis, spiritual writings of Sufi Saints, and the
Punjabi folklore have inspired my recent paintings. I translate my spiritual and
worldly experiences into images through various media and techniques. Using symbols,
words and images in bold colors, I enjoy the divine unsung melodies. Through meditation,
I have forayed into the realm of the spirit, which prods me on to convey my innermost
aspirations. To soothe my soul, I meditate through painting, I paint through meditation.
His paintings are poems drawn on canvas in bold fascinating colors.
The enchanting marriage of poetry and art beckons us to enter a garden of beauty
and truth where we listen to unsung melodies and drink nectar from the unfathomable
ocean of The Divine. Influenced by Guru Nanaks philosophy, these images
open sacred doorways into another world, where the artist walks, flies and swims
with symbols, forms, words and colors, singing WAHEGURU- DHUN (Godly melody) in
These amazing paintings reveal the deeper inner spirit and the
refined qualities of the artist's skills, where his trees recite the name of Almighty
God and birds sing the songs of Divine Truth. His awakened collection
of paintings reflects the process of his soul-search. These paintings take us
through the moons of the soul where the artist surfs the sacred web of life, tracing
reflections of spiritual qualities of the human psyche.
Lindall (Vice-Chairman, The Society for Art of Imagination, London, England)
works are a soul-searching introspection by an artist from Amritsar.
is an Indian city of Golden Temple, where the great Guru Granth lives,
and classical minstrels recite Gurbani, day and night. Many great spiritual masters,
meditators, poets and artisans, the followers of Baba Nanaks living tradition,
blossomed there, contributing the most, by way of promoting Sikh religion and
Punjabi culture through visual arts, performing arts, and literature. Many of
them residing in different global zones, have proven themselves as blessed practitioners
of the arts.
Jay ( Jaswant S. Tung) has all those refined attributes, which
are, in essence, symbolic of that rich tradition.
His paintings, with their
intensely rich and radiant colors, give us a glimpse of his unique sensibility.
The healing powers of the colors can only engross the viewers attention,
thereby negating the overwhelming emptiness, within.
(Artist) New Delhi