About my work
Janine Shroff is a queer illustrator, painter and designer. She lived in Bombay for 18 years before moving to London where she is currently based. Her work is detailed, figurative and draws from Persian & Mughal miniatures and contemporary culture. Themes of her work are day to day life, gender, pregnancy & relationships.
Shroff’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; from the worship of fertility, both historic and modern within the ‘Goddess’ series to the more dystopian set of both organic and mechanical in ‘The Queen’ and ‘The Breeders’.
She works predominantly using mixed media, acrylic and ballpoint-pens on heavy-weight paper. Her early influences were miniature paintings and late 80’s comic books like MAD magazine. She completed an M.A. with distinction at Central St. Martins College, London in 2007, following a B.A. at Camberwell College of Art. She was short-listed for the Mercury Art Prize in 2007 and has exhibited in group-shows in London at the Rich Mix in Brick Lane, The Mall Galleries at the ICA & a solo show at Sitara Studios in Mumbai.
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2021 Fantasy of a Trailer Wagon | Gallery 46 WhiteChapel London
2017 Kadak Reading Room, Create Culture | Bold; Graphic Design from India, Rich Mix, London
2016 Kadak Reading Room, Gender Bender Goethe Institut, Bangalore
2016 Kadak at ELCAF | East London Comic Arts Festival, London
2014 Otherlands: Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Sitara Studios, Mumbai
2014 Visual Disobedience Launch, Mumbai
2007 M.A End of Year Show, ICA Mall Galleries, London
2006 Interim M.A Group Show, Westbourne Studios, London 2006
2007 The Mercury Art Prize, Finalists, The Hospital Gallery, London
2005 Maritime Museum Group Show Along side Tintin Exhibition
Greenwich Maritime Museum, London