Leonardo da Vinci- Studies of Embryos

About Me

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As of September 2015

Hello, I am Arjun Jain, currently student of Art and Science (MA) at Central Saint Martins, London; and formerly student of physics (MSc.) at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. I was born in New Delhi, and will be based in London from October 2015 to June 2017.

The past one year, I have spent exhibiting my artwork around Delhi, transitioning from a life in science to one in the arts, and coming to terms with what I see as a worthy goal now.

The decision to migrate to the arts, which may be, I must admit, only temporary, I took, due to deep dissatisfaction with the science I had studied in college, but more, due to the effect of readings of Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi on me. My purpose in life, as of now, as I hope will remain forever, is to strive towards truth and insist on it, and keep on clarifying what that means to me. My departure from traditionally scientific things, if nothing more, has opened my eyes to what else there is in the world around me- how much goodness there is that I was missing. Through my art, I wish to express these observations and heartfelt feelings as best and as honestly as I can.

For my time in London, my plans are to improve my artistic skills most of all, and then, as part of a bigger project I’ll be undertaking concerning the meaning of science for me and what I can do to take it forward, to conduct an experiment, borne out of necessity but for which I am very excited, in living the life of an ideal artist-scientist- a wandering artist-scientist, as described in the end of Tolstoy’s What is Art. My hopes with this experiment are to be able to learn how to love truly, become more independent, and to be able to prove, that as much as it seems otherwise, humans remain, at their core, moral beings.

The sort of company a person prefers is one of the most telling features of his character. I have spent the last year of my life  more in the company of the thoughts of the following people than of others. Of course, this does not show who I am, but who I intend to be, which I think is more important. If something more concrete is desired, you can go through my Manifesto and C.V.  above.

People who inspire me (in alphabetical order):

  • John Ruskin
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Vincent Van Gogh

Featured image: Studies of Embryos by Leonardo Da Vinci





As of August 2014

Hello. I am Arjun Jain, recently graduated physics student from IIT Roorkee and upcoming artist based in New Delhi, India.

After spending 5 years studying physics, I’ve now decided to immerse myself in art. Although I did initially want to become a physicist, recent events have changed my perspective. I was introduced to Wittgenstein’s philosophy at a literary festival some time ago and fell in love instantly; and having discovered the works of Tolstoy, there was no going back. Thereafter, I was instinctively drawn towards ideas pushing me away from pursuing a PhD. I began branching out into art and music, and started reading books on philosophy.

By the end of my time in college, I had realized that although the majority of the people I lived with were indeed very intelligent and capable of understanding very difficult scientific and mathematical arguments, they were rarely capable of understanding simple and obvious truths if it required that they admit that a judgement they had formed about something may be wrong. These judgements, they were even proud of,  might have taught to others and were the basis on which they lead their lives. I myself had done so on many occasions. Though some did read a lot, they did not really absorb anything- they were capable of arguing perfectly but not assimilating much within themselves. Also, the activity of science for science’s sake started seeming futile to me. Instead of studying about how we live, the question of how to live became much more attractive.

Having engaged myself in multiple pursuits and having been fortunate to experience the feelings of an outsider, I understood that it was very difficult, almost impossible, to comprehend other people’s viewpoints truly without ever having been in a similar situation. The worlds of art and physics are completely different once you’re completely absorbed into any one- you only notice those things that could benefit you in your own field, ignoring everything else without the slightest notice.

So, I have now decided to become a wide achiever rather than focus my energy just on physics. I am sure that if I had studied art instead of physics and had gone to art school, I would have come to the same conclusion.

The sort of company a person prefers is one of the most telling features of his character. I have spent the last few years of my life, more in the company of the thoughts of the following people than of others. Of course, this does not show who I am, but who I intend to be, which I think is more important. If you want to look at something more concrete, you can go through my manifesto and C.V. .

People who have inspired me (in alphabetical order):

  • Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • George Harrison
  • Isaac Newton
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jimmy Page
  • John Lennon
  • John Ruskin
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Paul Dirac
  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Richard Feynman
  • Vincent Van Gogh

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