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Mandali: India and the World | Chandrima Bhattacharyya

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 2:57pm

When: September 8, 2020

Chandrima Bhattacharyya discusses her work and the affect of Covid-19 from her studio in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.

Artist Statement:

Having studied Ceramic Design and Art History for my Undergraduate and Post Graduate studies respectively, I actually didn't undergo regular training in Painting & Drawing in the form of classroom pedagogy.

My artworks arise from deepened sensitivity to nature and life in general as perceived through my fairly extensive knowledge of historical and contemporary art practices. We were always advised to sketch extensively, drawing upon local flora and fauna, local tea shops and village life around Santiniketan, to master facility in drawing.

My artwork is of two types - Drawings on paper and Paintings on canvas. The themes revolve around my own life seen through a kind of surreal drama. They are representations of my observations of life around me woven in with memories, desires and fears arising unconsciously from my subconscious, a synergy happening from a trance like state while listening to music, my other passion. 

I revel in textures of things, their sensuousness to touch. They are realistic without being photorealistic, because quite often the objects in my work are derived from imagined situations. Hence I like to place my whole oeuvre of work belonging to the literary genre of magic realism.

Uma and Simba
Chandrima Bhattacharyya “Uma and Simba”, acrylic on canvas, 91.4cm x 121.9cm, 2014


















Ailing and Abandoned
Chandrima Bhattacharyya “Bharatmata, Ailing and Abandoned (after Abanindranath Tagore)”, waterproof acrylic ink on archival paper, 2020




























Lakshmi and Her Consort
Chandrima Bhattacharyya “Lakshmi and Her Consort, Etc.”, acrylic on canvas, 76.2cm x 91.4 cm, 2014























More of Chandrima Bhattacharyya's work can be found on her social media account: instagram.

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September 8, 2020

Length: 00:04:13

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