Acrylic, paper, gold thread, leaf, oil on canvas
71 x 52 inches
Jayashree Chakravarty (b. 1956) is one of India's foremost contemporary artists. She studied at the finest art institutions in India, first, at Visva Bharati in the sprawling natural environs of Santiniketan, Kolkata, and then at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University, Baroda, where she was exposed to an urban sensibility. She was also an artist-in-residence at Aix en Provence from 1993-95 where she was influenced in the formative years of her practice by the French movement Supports/Surfaces, especially by Claude Viallat and also had conversations with some of the group members at the time. Inventing her own creative techniques, using organic material and varied kinds of papers, her installations in the form of paper scrolls remain unique in their conceptions and execution. Jayashree has had exhibitions both in India and abroad, with shows at various museums, in Nice, France; Berlin, Germany; Chicago, USA, and Singapore. Her recent shows include exhibitions at Musée Guimet, Nice, France, and at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in Mumbai, both in collaboration with the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, and supported by Akar Prakar. The artist lives and works in Kolkata, India.