Jagdish studied painting from Delhi College of Arts, University of Delhi (1972-77) and in 1984-86 went to the Department of Fine Arts, University of Tsukuba, Japan as a Research Scholar. He has won awards and scholarships like Junior Fellowship in painting from Ministry of Human Resources & Development, Scholarship in painting, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan awarded by the  Japanese Govt. (Monbusho), Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in Painting,Delhi; Sanskriti Award in  the field of art by Sanskriti Pratisthan, Delhi 1988, National Award in painting, National Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi 1990, Senior Fellowship in Fine Arts from Ministry of Human Resources and Development 1996-98. Has held many solo exhibitions and been part of many group shows like Power of Peace, Imprints (Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo), Indiart 2007 at The House of Lords, London to name a few.

Lives and works in Delhi.