|Shekhar Roy (sr.)|
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|Shekhar Roy (sr.) | b.1957|
A cloud does not know why it moves in such a direction and at such a speed - it feels an impulsion - this is the place to go now.
Impulsion. I guess that is the key word for me today. When I dip a brush in colour and hold it before a sparkling white canvas, I do not really know what my next painting is going to be. I have no pre-determined theme. The canvas leads me on and demands of me new dimensions, shades and shapes. And I obey.
The financial scenario was not very bright then. I could not afford a canvas. So all my works would be black and white drawings, done in charcoal. Camus and Kafka were my favourite authors, so when I could finally buy a canvas, I did the (Metamorphosis) series. That was my first show, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Calcutta.
I gradually entered into the world of colour. I tried my hand at different media - oil, water colour and acrylic. I was moved by my surroundings, the society I lived in.
Even in a world teeming with millions, every man seemed like an island, living his own private, isolated life. In intimate relationships too, people seemed to have woven impenetrable cocoons around themselves. I tried to express this pervading sense of alienation in my works. The colours I used in them were deep shades of brown or mauve or green, the colours of evening or twilight.
The sense of solitude in the works of David Hockney, Kitaj and David Hopper appealed to me. Even though my works have very Indian imagery, and are strikingly different from theirs, mine too, exude the same loneliness. I have been into figurative paintings for the past 20 years or more. Human beings –( I do them angular and never soft and rounded) have been my favorite subject always. Only earlier, like an early Bengali theater, my paintings had no women. They float into my works now. My favorite medium these days is wood. I make drawings on it, burn it, use iron clips to join the parts together - it is a strenuous and complex experiment. The medium is not very popular, mostly because of the weight of each work and transportation difficulties. But I love it because it helps me get out of the monotony of a square canvas.
Date Of Birth
Graduated with 1st Class from Government Collage of Art and Craft, Calcutta
At British Council Calcutta 1985.
Academy of fine Arts Calcutta 1985
Rabindra Bhavan New Delhi 1982.
"Painters from Calcutta" at Stockholm Sweden 1985.
Jahangir Art Gallery Bombay 1985 and 1987.
Gallery Chemould Calcutta 1989.
Sanskriti Art Gallery Calcutta 1990 and 1991
Gallery BF 14 Calcutta 1990, 1991 and 1993
Artaid, Rotary Club Galerie 88 calcutta
"A Tree my Life" The Village Gallery 1996
Indian Contemporary Art Tokyo 1995
Artworld Chennai 2000
Small Format Art Today, New Delhi 1999
Colour of the month Art Today, New Delhi 2000
Seventh Anniversary Exhibition Surya Gallery, Hyderabad 2000.
At the Academy of Fine Art Calcutta 1987.
Galerie 88 Calcutta 1991.
Jahangir Art Gallery Bombay 1991.
Gallery Escape New Delhi 1992.
Galerie 88 Calcutta 1993.
Jahangir Art Gallery Bombay 1994.
Galerie Kunst im Kotten, Soligen West Germany 1995.
Honours & Awards
Senior Fellowship Award of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India (for Painting) in 2000.
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