Is born on June 20, in Sojitra in the Kheda district of Gujarat.
Wins Lalit Kala Akademi’s national award.
Studies typography and publicity design at Central School of Art and
Craft, London. Travels in England and France during this period.
Is represented at the Tokyo Biennale, Japan
Receives a silver medal from Bombay Art Society.
Pursues a new medium in abstraction, attempting to represent his
innermost, unknown feelings, through engravings on wood, burnt by
a blowtorch as a method of erasure or ‘forgetting something’.
Travels to Japan to refine his artistic sensibilities and is exposed to a
multitude of mediums being worked with, and gets the idea to work
Visits a Paul Klee exhibition and comes away with the conviction that
the artistic process is deeply individual, confirming the path he has
already embarked on.
Begins to work with blowtorch on wood, also using enamel paint on
Is part of the twelve founding members of Group 1890, alongside J.
Swaminathan, Himmat Shah, Jyoti Bhatt, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh,
and others. They hope to create a new definition of art through their
process and use of materials.
Joins National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, as design consultant.
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurates Group 1890’s exhibition
at Lalit Kala Akademi in the presence of Mexico’s ambassador to India
and poet of renown, Octavio Paz.
Is represented in the Tokyo Biennale, Japan, and the Sao Paulo
Is associated with Weavers’ Service Centre set up by Pupul Jayakar
under the All India Handloom Board.
Serves as professor in the painting department at Faculty of Fine
An attempt to revive Group 1890 sees Jeram Patel invite members to
a meeting in Baroda.
Participates in the first, third, fourth and fifth International Triennale
of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Stops solely producing blowtorch woodworks. From now on he will
paint the same form on paper and canvas.
Is appointed professor at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, where he goes
on to become the dean.
Receives the national award for design.
Participates in the XIV Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil.
Participates in the third World Biennale of Graphic Art, London, and
the sixth British International Print Biennale, London.
Participates in the third World Biennale of Graphic Art, Baghdad.
Attends a fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts, London.
Makes his Hospital series of drawings. These are similar to his crow
quill and brush and ink drawings from the 1960s.
Becomes dean at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda.
Is chairman, Board of Studies and Faculty Board, Benaras Hindu
Is part of the artists whose works are shown in the Festival of India,
Is part of the ‘Graphic-Print Exhibition’, Festival of India, U.S.A.
Is jury member at the first Bharat Bhavan International Prints
Wins the Ravishankar Raval Award of the Government of Gujarat.
Exhibits as part of ‘Exhibition of 28 Contemporary Artists’, Maltwood
Art Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, U.S.A.
His work is also part of the third International Prints Biennale, Bhopal.
Accepts chairmanship of Lalit Kala Akademi, Gandhinagar, a post he
holds till 2000.
Receives Kala Ratna from the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society,
Rediscovers his love for blowtorch works and returns to the medium
after two decades.
Has solo exhibitions in New Delhi where his torchworks are exhibited
alongside his paintings.
Passes away on January 18.Kiran Nadar Museum of Art hosts his retrospective.