Jayshree Chakravarty

Jayshree Chakravarty was born in Khoai, Tripura in 1956. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan and obtained her post graduate diploma from M. S. University in Baroda. She was also an artist-in-residence at the Ecole d´ Art in Aix-en-Provence, France from 1994-96.

Chakravarty was inspired by Tagore, Binode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinkar Baij. Over the years, she started bringing elements of her life into her art. From squiggly patterns on her parents’ electroencephalogram (EEG) reports to aerial views of landscapes from aircraft windows, nothing is deemed too trivial to be of some consequence to her art.

She spent her early years in Kolkata, in the proximity of hills and forests thereby coming across a variety of flora and fauna. Soon, the township became a concrete jungle, with few traces of the natural past left behind.This influenced her paintings, where the old and new cityscapes are melded with a fine expertise. An occasional bird, a broken window, or a brick wall emerge out of the mossy hue and mouldy texture of some of the works.

Her works are autobiographical and dream-like in nature. Her ink on paper sketches are exercises in transition and transform personal experience into mystical truth. Her use of brush, palette knife, fingers and imprint of bubble wrap for a textured effect has not changed much over the years, but the effect varies from canvas to canvas. She experiments with an exciting variety of media like rice paper, tissue and cellophane. 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. Motifs such as dogs, waves and serried crescent shapes recur in her works.

She received the Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi Award and the Second Bharat Bhavan Biennale Award in 1988. She has also been honoured with Bombay Art Society Award, Mumbai (1980) and Honorable Mention Award, Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1997) to name a few. She lives and works in Kolkata.