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Niam Jain specializes in Gestural Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism. At the tender of age of only 13 Jain is being recognized all over North America from collectors for his unique talents. Jain has autism and limited speech. Jain paints in layers.  Each layer expresses a thought or emotion with the entire painting telling a story. As Jain paints, the colors explode in his paintings, bursting onto the canvas in bold dabs and brushstrokes, at times with complete abstract abandon. With astounding pictorial intuition, Jain composes works that inspire and intrigue. He invites the viewer into a vibrant world of unrestraint abandon, where the viewer is lost in the emotions of the painting. Although, Jain lacks fluent speech he reminds us a canvas is a medium of ultimate expression.

April 2017 – Faculty Club, Solo Show University of Toronto

July 2016 – KontemporAry Gallery. Alberta, Canada.

June 5, 2016 – Autism Speaks Canada (Solo). Toronto, Canada.

April 16, 2016 – Mackenzie Health Hospital (Solo). Toronto, Canada.

November 22, 2015 – We are Your Sisters Yogathon (Solo). Brampton, Canada.

October 17, 2015 – Gallery of Inspiration (Group Exhibition). Mississauga, Canada.  

Meet the 14-year-old Toronto artist with autism leaving his mark on Canada’s art community

Niam Jain is the youngest recipient of the ANOKHI Awards

By Amara McLaughlin, CBC News Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 29, 2017 7:00 AM ET

At 14, Toronto artist Niam Jain became the youngest recipient of the ANOKHI Awards, an honour his mother Nina says looks beyond the fact that he has autism.

At 14, Toronto artist Niam Jain became the youngest recipient of the ANOKHI Awards, an honour his mother Nina says looks beyond the fact that he has autism. (Spencer Gallichan-Lowe/CBC)

A 14-year-old Toronto boy with autism has crafted a name for himself in the art world despite only picking up a paintbrush two years ago.

Niam Jain became the youngest recipient of the ANOKHI Awards on Tuesday night. The gala event held in Liberty Village recognizes the achievements of dozens of people from the South Asian community.

“I’m really, really excited. It’s a beautiful moment for Niam,” said Jain’s mother, Nina.

“Really, the award is showcasing and highlighting Niam’s potential and what he’s accomplished and, really not highlighting the fact that he has autism, but really looking at him as an individual.”

Niam Jain

Niam Jain stands beside an unnamed painting, one of his biggest. He worked on this piece for almost six months. (Corinne Seminoff/CBC)

In the summer of 2015, she first brought her son some art supplies to give him something to do. She never thought it would lead to a passion and a burgeoning career.

Jain was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of two. He has minimal speech and comprehension skills and uses technology to communicate. But give him a brush and some paint and he communicates with ease.

The colourful layers of his abstract and expressionist paintings started attracting attention from Canadian art collectors, such as Calgary gallery owner Andrew Cumming and Toronto’s KontemporaryArt director Marco Rosada, last year.

Since then, Jain’s mother estimates he has sold more than 50 paintings worldwide and earned some $50,000.

“He’s having sold-out shows and he’s not able to produce the artwork as fast as the demand is,” she said.

“He’s independent now financially, he’s created a business, he’s paying tax, he’s a contributing member of society, and as a parent that’s more than you could ask,” she said.

He has a reason to get up in the morning and he has a passion … Many people don’t even find that, and he has found it.”

Niam Jain

Niam Jain, 14, and his mom, Nina, in the studio. Jain has sold more than 50 paintings and the demand keeps growing. (CBC)

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