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Signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Jayashree / '97 / oil on canvas / Untitled / Size - 273 x 178 cm.' (on the reverse)

Private collection, Dubai

Jayashree Chakravarty's paintings are mostly autobiographical. Her own personal style is influenced by French impressionist and Byzantine mosaic design but her preoccupations and concerns in her art are on the changing natural habitat and bodies of water in the Indian cities.

Chakravarty's canvases are often bustling, crowded and teeming with energetic imagery and line. In this work, she has masterfully maintained her characteristic use of cartographic and figural themes that had dominated her paintings in the 1990's while using superimposed forms to reflect the unity of man with nature in both conventional and figurative level.

Jayashree Chakravarty

(b. 1956)
Born in 1956, Jayashree Chakravarty was educated at Santiniketan and graduated in Fine Arts from the Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, in 1978. She obtained a post graduate diploma from M.S. University, Baroda, in 1980, receiving a Canadian grant in 1982 to study art. She later migrated to France and married a French flautist. Chakravarty’s ink on paper sketches are an exercise in transition, and transforming personal experience into mystical truth. She positions herself in the image of a spontaneous, instinctive woman who is a muse and eternal child rolled into one. In her works, she uses super imposed forms, quite like the sketches that cave painters worked on before they mapped them on the walls of caves. Her imagery, because of her fluid and transparent images, reflects the present mood of the world, which is fluid in itself. At a mere conventional and figurative level, her works reflect the unity of man with nature. Chakravarty has exhibited across India and Sweden and her works can be seen in the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and in Chandigarh Museum. She won an award in 1988 in the II Bharat Bhavan Bienniale Bhopal. She lives and works out of Paris.