The mind and spirit behind the creativity.
Jai Sol is a self-taught visual artist from the north of England. People, culture and spirituality inspire his life and creativity. He observes the world around him and creates interpretations of what he sees, thinks and feels. Each piece depicts subjects and themes that have inspired and influenced his journey, a record of his actual experiences and thoughts. Jai's art is a blend of paintings, illustrations, photography and digital editing. He fuses traditional and modern artistic methods to create textured, atmospheric aesthetics that convey narrative and messages in the old and new style.
With over thirty years of experience as a self publishing artist and exhibitor, Jai has established a reputation with a loyal following of patrons, collectors and admirers worldwide who support his creativity and vision.
Jai draws inspiration from his interactions with people. He genuinely enjoys presenting his work and learning how others perceive and feel about it. He aims to guide the viewer to the details and subjects, offering them a moment to absorb the art and express their personality, thoughts and insights. Each exchange is monumental and provides new perspectives and friendships.
Jai's exhibiting journey began displaying at temples, churches, care homes, market stalls and labour clubs in Lancashire, England. Each experience was positive and led to further opportunities to exhibit and meet communities of people. Jai has been honoured with the opportunity to display for the Royal Family, the Prime Minister of India and at several private events hosted by Prince Charles. Jai's art has been featured at Wembley stadium in front of a capacity audience with 2.3 billion viewers live on television and has projected at major fashion shows, spiritual events, music concerts and wellbeing festivals in Europe and South Asia.
Photographs supplement Jai's creative process. He replicates and manipulates them using digital tools, fusing them with paint, illustration and other artistic methods. He reinvents the photographs so they appear as living, breathing artworks.
Jai discovered his unique process of infusing multiple elements with photography early on in his artistic journey. He explored his unique process with photos taken by photographers who showcased original themes and distinctive styles in their work. He searched for pictures related to his interests and began to dialogue and collaborate with small group of independent photographers. Over four years they experimented and tested his process and collectively produced raw materials and ideas for art. The experiments led to incredible work, both aesthetically and in meaning. Over an extended period, he travelled to America, India, Dubai, and Europe to collaborate with many gifted photographers.
In 1996, digital technology and its applications for creative work became available. Jai was fortunate to have access to this technology while studying fine art and new media at college. The idea of developing art with pixels fascinated Jai. He soon began to explore the software, merging photographs with digital imagery and fine art samples. He created visuals that combined several artistic processes and styles. He later merged 3D and other artistic mediums with digital. For Jai, this new technology allowed for unlimited experimentation and integration with other art-based elements, unlike traditional methods.
In 2001, Jai's expanded his knowledge further and explored 4d, now known as virtual art. He adopted multidimensional applications into his process and practices. After twenty years of integrating traditional with modern styles in his work, Jai, today is perfectly positioned to transform his vast collections into virtual art. He is currently experimenting with the latest in creative technologies, fusing his digitally crafted art with virtual reality, immersion design and 3d mapping.
Jai's early experiences in life, and at first hand, witnessing inequality and prejudice, motivated him to represent social issues in his work. As an artist, with a license to express freely, he wanted to use his creativity to communicate collective challenges in both his community and the wider world. He firmly believed that through art, he could convey circumstances, perspectives, and stories of people in need of support.
Over ten years, Jai created several artworks to raise awareness and funds for social causes worldwide. His first donation in 2007 was for a child trafficking campaign in Bangladesh which led to further opportunities to support similar campaigns. Funds raised have contributed to children's hospices in Manchester, the British Asian Trust in London, the literature festival in Delhi and many other organisations worldwide. His most rewarding contribution was as an art teacher, volunteering at orphanages and underprivileged schools across India.
In the fall of 2008, Jai began a journey which eventually led him to experience the world differently. He travelled through villages and cities, mainly in rural, India, meeting people and making art with them. His experiences were diverse and filled with profound realisations about his life and theirs.
After several months of travel, he returned to the UK to develop a series of art-themed workshops for children. His vision was to introduce the experience of creativity to young people living on the streets, in orphanages and refugee camps. He wanted to offer the children a moment of self-empowerment, the freedom to express at will and to explore their creativity further, hoping they integrate the feeling into their thinking and awareness.
In 2011, Jai launched workshops at a school in north India where he taught underprivileged children. The experience was life-changing and encouraged him to seek opportunities to share his creative workshop experiences.
Jai enjoys creating graphic design solutions with imagery and has developed a substantial portfolio for professionals worldwide. His career as a designer began in 2003. He was contracted to generated brand concepts and visuals for a well-known dance organisation in England. The campaign was a huge success and opened the doors to several other opportunities to display his design skills.
Over nine years, he designed dynamic and effective art for corporate brands, products, services and events. He worked closely with clients to establish their concepts and create bespoke visuals conveying their commercial aims and objectives. He provided an end-to-end service from initial consultation, concept development, photoshoots, design creation, publishing and everything in between.