Chandra Bhattacharjee (b.1961)

Chandra Bhattacharjee’s canvases are languid and far removed from the urbanworld. Dusky men and women carry out their daily chores in an ethereal realmuntouched by the madness of everyday city life. Bhattacharjee’s compositions areinfluenced by the rural and tribal associations that he had an opportunity to workwith; particularly the ‘Santhal’ tribe of Calcutta. The colours in Bhattacharjee’spaintings are at once, subdued and vibrant. Warm pinks, full-bodied blues,interspersed with blank areas, soothe the senses. He uses the technique ofcrosshatching (a method used more often in pencil drawings), in black, over thecolour; this adds depth to his colours. Bhattacharjee’s paintings tell a story, but itis a story without a beginning or an end and it flows seamlessly from the artistonto the surface of the canvas. The world of Bhattacharjee’s creation is withoutboundaries; where humans, animals and surreal creatures coexist in harmony.Bhattacharjee, although influenced by rural and tribal themes, has a firm academicgrounding. He has studied at the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, Calcutta.He received a gold medal from the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, in 1986.He has held several group as well as solo exhibitions of his works in Delhi, Mumbaiand Kolkata.

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