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Works of Jayashree Chakravarty(b.1956)


Jayshree Chakravarty was educated at Santiniketan and she graduated in Fine Arts from the Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, in 1978 and obtained a post-graduate diploma from M.S.University, Baroda, in 1980. She received a Canadian grant in 1982 to study art. The artist says that her paintings are mostly autobiographical. "I have beenable to reach out to those who have little to do with my personal life," shepoints 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 eternalchild 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 herimagination 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. Herimagery, because of her fluid and transparent images, reflect the presentmood of the world, which is fluid in itself. At a mere conventional andfigurative level, her works reflect the unity of man with nature.

Some motifs constantly recur in her paintings dogs, waves and serriedcrescent shapes.
Chakravarty has exhibited across India and Sweden and her works can be see inthe National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and in Chandigarh Museum. Shewon an award in 1988 in the II Bharat Bhavan Bienniale Bhopal. 


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