Artist Bio

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’.

The ‘Arsonist’s Ball’ and ‘Motel’ document aspects of relationships and voyeurism while ‘Bucket Bath’ is part of a new series set in fantasy landscapes with lurking worlds hidden from us.

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.

Shroff is working on a new set of works about monstrous femininity, book illustrations as well as designing her own set of Tarot cards.

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Janine in all red outfit
Pantoning in all red

Exhibitions

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 

Exhibition photo

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