JAYASHREE CHAKRAVARTHY

B. 1956

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The artist says that her paintings are mostly autobiographical. "I have been able to reach out to those who have little to do with my personal life," she points out, "and make them identify with my deeply felt imagery." Chakravarty's ink on paper sketches is an exercise in transition and transforming personal experience into mystical truth. She positions herself in the image of a spontaneous, instinctive woman who is a muse and eternal child rolled into one.

Chakravarty says that her paintings, either ink on paper or oils, have the feel of a dream about them. She believes that relating to human beings of a distant country and a different culture has expanded the horizons of her imagination and forced certain pre-conceived images to change.

In her works, she uses superimposed forms, quite like the sketches that cave painters worked on before they mapped them on the walls of caves. Her imagery, because of her fluid and transparent images, reflect the present mood of the world, which is fluid in itself. At a mere conventional and figurative level, her works reflect the unity of man with nature.

Some motifs constantly recur in her paintings --- dogs, waves and serried crescent shapes. Influenced by post-modernist painters, each of her canvas seems to embrace the entire gamut of colors that range from blues to even purple.

Chakravarty has exhibited across India and Sweden and her works can be see in the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and in Chandigarh Museum. She won an award in 1988 in the II Bharat Bhavan Bienniale Bhopal.

The artist lives and works in Salt Lake, Kolkota, India.