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"Smrita Jain has successfully built a creative arts career in a distant land, representing an ethnicity that often rides along traditional and conservative boundaries and... [found] freedom beyond the expected."
- THE CITIZEN
"She wanted to keep [her book Creating Durga] focused on the art of sculpting a diety rather than on details of the religion that inspires them."
- LITTLE INDIA MAGAZINE
"When you meet the artist you are surely in for a surprise."
- WOMAN'S ERA MAGAZINE
"Our mission now is to give both emerging and established artists an international platform to showcase their work."
- INTERVIEW IN THE JERSEY JOURNAL
Smrita Jain is an eclectic, award-winning graphic designer working at The Aquario Group in New York City. She is also the lead internationally reknowned artist at Surmrit Gallery of Art and Design based in Brooklyn, NY. Smrita's art has been showcased in New York, London, and India. Her work ranges from typography and graphic design to paintings, drawings, digital canvas prints, and photography. She does not constrain herself to one medium or style of work. Her process is free flowing, combining various styles and techniques to make Smrita’s work uniquely her own.
Formally trained in design, Smrita could never imagine her career, or this world, to be anything without art. She strongly believes that design is a derivative of art. Much of Smrita’s artistic work reflects her formal design training. Strategic thinking, rhythm, coordination and principles of balance come together with her inner expression and craft, producing stunning visual results.
Smrita brings a unique perspective, combining experience working with design studios, marketing firms, PR and advertising agencies with an entrepreneurial drive inherited from her family.
Smrita finds inspiration in nature and most of her work reflects naturally found elements. Her biggest influencers are people -- from those who bring her to life and those who bring her down. She finds inspiration in the worst situations, translating a troubling experience into an uplifting painting or capturing a moment through her writing or photography.
She is known for her documentary photography: Smrita captured the intricate artisial work that goes into producing India's famous Durga festival in her first book Creating Durga. She is currently working on her second book, an autobiography called Fat Free Samosa due for release in late 2016. In addition to being a published writer, Smrita is a design mentor for students in New York City.
Smrita’s first solo exhibition was displayed at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in 2011 followed by her first group exhibition at Javits Center. Later, her work joined that of many well known artists at Queens Museum in January 2014. Smrita became the first Indian to open Newport, Jersey City’s first private art gallery on May 29, 2014. She is the head of Marketing and Communications for the Board of Directors at Evolving Arts of America.
Surmrit Gallery was the first private art gallery opened in Newport, Jersey City, NJ. It has since relocated to Brooklyn, NY.
SUR means rhythm and MRIT means dead. If one can create rhythm and bring life to something that is dead, that is SURMRIT.
Surmrit Gallery is located at 9101 Shore Road #605 Brooklyn, New York 11209 with its headquarters in Manhattan at 80 Broad Street, 5th Floor. The gallery has been acquired by The Aquario Group and operates as an art division of The Aquario Group.
For more information please visit www.surmritgallery.com