Thursday, October 23, 2014

Newly Wed

I kicked off this painting with absolutely no vision in my mind, striking large brush stokes throughout the canvas. Then as I outlined a face with lighter skin color , it struck in my mind to portray a Bengali woman with big and bright eyes. Interestingly as a Bengali, whenever you think of  big bright eyes, the very first thing that clicks in your mind are Kalighat and Jamini Roy's unique style of Paintings. Kalighat paintings and Vishnupur temple's terracotta inspired Jamini Roy and he blended this heritage with his signature bold use of line & sweeping brush stokes. Undoubtedly he is one of the most influencial and respected Indian artist of the 20th century.

Constantly having Jamini Roy's " Maiden" at the back of my mind, I knew I was going to  portray "Maiden" in my own way as soon as I finished the face with large eyes. How does a real woman look like in her "Maiden" form ? What if she is no more a maiden but gets transformed into a newly married woman with all the blushes of her pristine happiness? Her first Durga puja after marriage when she is dolled up to go to the temple with the fresh fragrance of shiuli flower is all I could think of as the quintessential "Newly Wed" Bengali woman...... my answer to all these  questions !

     Photo taken from a article by Alok Deshwal

 " Newly Wed"
         Acrylic on Canvas ( 16" x 20" )


  1. Darun hoyeche! love her curly hair :)

  2. Sutapa madam

    Namaste. How are you madam. How your arts and paintings projects going on?

    Sutapa madam on last sunday i am presented my Third Seminar on Indian Heritage and Culture to young children. In this seminar i am sharing my paintings and other collections relating to Indian Heritage and explaining children about various aspects of our Heritage and Culture through my collections. Children are eagerly participated in my seminar and they clarified their doubts about our glorious heritage.

    Sutapa madam please look into my Third Seminar on Indian Heritage post and share your valuable and inspirational comment for the same.

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