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Jayashree Chakraborty

Tripura, India

Jayashree Chakraborty is an Indian modern and contemporary painter. She is known extensively for her canvases and paper works. Chakraborty’s works position the human form amidst the characteristic lines, splashes of colour, dashes, dots, and floating words, and also layer it with films of various depth and texture. The artist’s shifts from small towns to larger cities have brought her involvement with notions of belonging to the canvas she prepares, tracing the forming and un-forming of boundaries across space and memory. As posited by several critics, the idea behind a lot of the construction that she inserts in her work is the presentation of consciousness as boundless and floating, coupled with an affective density that obfuscates readings of the work itself. Jayashree Chakravarty, born (1956) in Khoai in Tripura and spent her childhood in Agartala, where she was first introduced to art. She studied at Kala Bhavana – Visva Bharati, Santiniketan (1973-78) where she drew from the works of masters such as Nandalal Bose and Benodebihari Mukherjee, building a more nuanced vocabulary of her early interest in nature. In the early 1980s, Jayashree joined MS University, Vadodara, for a PG Diploma in Painting. This change brought influences to her practice from post-Independence narrative art, especially as Vadodara became almost a transitional location between Agartala, Santiniketan, and Provence, France where the artist attended a two-year artist-residence programme between 1993-1995. She was the first Indian artist to showcase at Paris’ Guimet Museum. 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 Honourable Mention Award, Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1997) to name a few. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.


Mixed media on paper 10.5" x 14"
Mixed media on paper 10" x 10"
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