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Jayashree Chakravarti

“I think of a painting as a puzzle. At times, I can instantly see how it all fits in; there are times it takes ages to solve the mystery, and sometimes the pieces are impossible to resolve”   – Jayashree Chakravarty
Is this not a metaphor for life too!
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 MS University, Baroda, in 1980. Her talent was spotted and she received a Canadian grant to further study Art in 1982, and later migrated to France and married a French flautist.
“My earlier paintings are like a personal diary of my days in France and the influences.”
Jayshree’s life in France was turbulent and full of surprises, which reflects in her art which is rich, intense and in many layers. The more one looks into her work, the more layers one unravels. Her images are also fluid and transparent, reflecting the present mood of this constantly changing world.
Inspired by nature, at a more conventional level her works reflect the unity of man with nature. She has seen her own city, Kolkata, change since she moved back in 1982 – from seeing water snakes and rare birds, all she can today see is a concrete jungle! You will see this reflected in her art too, as you peer into its layers you will discover cityscapes, broken objects, occasional animals, and plants blended beautifully together.
“I am always working on several paintings and it takes me a few months to years in order to finish a work!”
Jayshree has developed her own distinct style, drawing on inspiration from the French impressionists, and Byzantine mosaic design. She has exhibited across India and Sweden and her works can be seen in the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and other museums. She has also won many awards for her work. Jayshree lives and works in Kolkata.
What we love about her work is that each time you look at it you discover something new – something that tells you about her, about our world and perhaps about our own lives! Jayashree, I believe is one artist who will be remembered, has created her mark and will hold value.