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SHIPRA BHATTACHARYA

Shipra Bhattacharya puts the Woman at the center of her statement. This woman is settled squarely within the frame, surrounded by greenery or by flowers or sitting on a bedspread equally decorated and brightly hued.  Her coloring has no greys. Her form, rounded and full, flaunts her femininity.  She is in the arms of nature, at one with her desires and her dreams. She has the contentment of her creator, self-assured and masterful. Shipra’s works have a lyrical quality with a sense of spontaneity and innocence.

JAYASRI BURMAN
Jayasri Burman's works are rich in detail, iconic in their subject. But there is a lyricism in her work which lights up all that she does. Whether it is of the goddess she paints or the animal kingdom around her, the vegetation or the flowers, there seems to be a story about to be told or a song ready to escape some set of lips. Framed as all her works are within their own borders, you look as it were, into a sweet and secluded garden to catch a glimpse of another world.

JAYASHREE CHAKRAVARTY
Within the chaotic and dreamlike abandon of Jayashree Chakravarty’s canvas, within the fluidity of her images, there is a stillness. This is a stillness, not superimposed but flowing. It harks back to the greats Impressionists and yet is deeply imbedded in the modern, moving city – dark and dense. You sense, through this dream an autobiographical note, waiting to be read. 

PARESH MAITY
Paresh Maity's art, you could say is extrovert, and you could be forgiven for it, because his clean lines and positive brush strokes lead one's thoughts in that direction. But there is also visual imagery, his explosive vibrant self, carefully disciplined, but still obvious in each of his works. His colors scream their statements, the theme of love, omniscient, subtly presents itself. You are swept away by the exuberance of his art and forget quite how brilliant is his technical virtuosity. It is like listening to a Raga - in the final flourish of his work, you could lose the loving, caring assembly that is its opening statement.

T.VAIKUNTAM
Vaikuntam’s paintings are synonymous with the people of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh. His men and women evoke a sense of earthiness which is rooted in the folk culture and tradition of southern India. Painted generally on small canvases, his figures take up most of the pictorial space.  Flat, two-dimensional, yet voluptuous and earthy, the painter uses vivid colors to highlight his fluid lines.  Typical Andhra jewelry bedeck his women, flowers and caste marks to further their authenticity, but when we get past all of this, there is a flair that is  distinctly his own. If Andhra is his theme, then he is Andhra's artistic standard bearer.

BAIJU PARTHAN
Baiju Parthan is a man of may parts. A cerebral artist, he veers towards the spiritual world as seen through the eyes of a ‘shaman.’ Although he claims that he is an academically trained artist, it is the education and exposure that he has gleaned in various fields over the years that influences his art today. This is apparent in the construction of his iconography, with its fine sense of design and use of pictorial space, showcasing the influence of technology and media as well as the relationship between man and machine.

ASHOK BHOWMIK
Ashok Bhowmik plays with light.  All his images are illuminated by a myriad of undetectable light sources. They are deathly pale, very inward looking, masked it would seem by their own loneliness.  Against a flat background, they stand out like harbingers of death or at least its fore-runners.  It is a ghostly, fascinating scene that he creates, finely wrought and masterfully finished. It is death in life that we see – haunting and mesmeric.  An artist, already greatly recognized, his growth as a person goes hand in hand with his works.

YUSUF ARAKKAL
Yusuf Arakkal uses many mediums, many techniques, but always ends up depicting the lonely, weary, lost creature in today's increasingly self-centered and commercial world. Dark, brooding, shadowy figures are dramatically highlighted.  We can see his works as an expression of 'Impressionism,' but through all these works and all the 'isms' there is a love for the ordinary person which gives his art and therefore these people, their dignity and their privacy today.