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Raina Bajpai
updated: 06/08/2013
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Heroic Portrait of Jenna Jameson
Ursula
Fancy Flounder
La Castiglione
Giorgio di Castiglione
Albino Cameo
Bust with Violet Eyes
Lou on his Sphinx
Colorized Cameo
Portrait of Yullian
Victory Lotto
When Vampire Eyes Are Smiling
Part of a Marc Jacobs Coat
SEQUINS NOOO!
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  portraiture, animals, figurative
 
 
Heroic Portrait of Jenna Jameson by Raina Bajpai
Heroic Portrait of Jenna Jameson
colored pencil
2013
17" x  15" 
Ursula by Raina Bajpai
Ursula
colored and graphite pencil on paper
2011
14" x  11" 
Fancy Flounder by Raina Bajpai
Fancy Flounder
colored pencil on paper
2011
14" x  11" 
La Castiglione by Raina Bajpai
La Castiglione
colored and graphite pencil on pink Canson Mi-Teintes
2011
16" x  13" 
Giorgio di Castiglione by Raina Bajpai
Giorgio di Castiglione
colored and graphite pencil on pink Canson Mi-Teintes
2011
18" x  12" 
Albino Cameo by Raina Bajpai
Albino Cameo
colored and graphite pencil on paper
2012
14 " x  11 " 
Bust with Violet Eyes by Raina Bajpai
Bust with Violet Eyes
colored and graphite pencil on pink watercolor paper
2011
10" x  7" 
Lou on his Sphinx by Raina Bajpai
Lou on his Sphinx
colored pencil on blue paper
2011
15" x  22" 
Colorized Cameo by Raina Bajpai
Colorized Cameo
colored pencil on paper
2011
17" x  14" 
Portrait of Yullian by Raina Bajpai
Portrait of Yullian
colored pencil on paper
2011
14" x  11" 
Victory Lotto by Raina Bajpai
Victory Lotto
colored pencil on paper
2011
15 " x  10 " 
When Vampire Eyes Are Smiling by Raina Bajpai
When Vampire Eyes Are Smiling
colored pencil, ink, and nail polish on paper
2011
14" x  11" 
Part of a Marc Jacobs Coat by Raina Bajpai
Part of a Marc Jacobs Coat
colored pencil on paper
2011
14" x  11" 
SEQUINS NOOO! by Raina Bajpai
SEQUINS NOOO!
digital image made from a pastel
2011
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
I am a painter, but this year I tried colored pencils for the first time since I was a kid, and discovered that they are not the horrible, dry, useless things I remember from childhood, but actually great to work with. I have been drawing in colored pencil for the past several months.

I let the drawings develop as responses to images, events, news, whatever strikes me, and try to execute them while the impression is still fresh.  If the impression seems like it will make an interesting image, I don't worry about how random it is (that's how I ended up with an Irish vampire--it was St. Patrick's Day, and someone mentioned vampires).  I've always been interested in the past, in art history, which is apparent in my work (my favorite painters have and likely always will be Ingres and Bronzino) and I think past+present can often be an interesting combination, especially when it develops intuitively.  I am happy when I allow particularly compelling images or themes to find their way into the drawings, and look back later and think, "Oh yeah, that Japanese ball-jointed doll with the huge eyes was a Medici, wasn't she?".

Through this process, a tribe of large-eyed, candy-colored people and animals has been born.  The more drawings I do, the more I learn about them--so far their world seems either mythological or bewitched, because of the weird animals and living statues.  But they are also into fashion, and at least one of them is a portrait painter fascinated by aristocracy.  It is pretty funny, to me at least.

My next drawing is going to be a cameo with a black eye.  I can't wait to start it.

Artist Bio / CV

Education:
MFA, Painting, Stanford University
BFA, Painting, BA, English, University of Dayton


Selected grants, awards, fellowships and shows:
Skowhegan
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant
Gill Award in Painting, Ucross Foundation
MacMillan Fellowship, Villa Montalvo
Ragdale Foundation
Millay Colony
Villa Montalvo
Artist Residency Program at Centrum
Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
Blue Mountain Center
Hambidge Center
Butler Institute of American Art
New American Talent (traveling exhibition)
LaGrange National Biennial
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