Biography: Chandra Bhattacherjee
Born: 1961, Patuli (Bardhaman), West Bengal.
Education: 1989 Post-Graduate in Fine Arts, Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. 1986 Graduated from the Indian College of Art and Draughtsman ship, Kolkata. 1987 Fine Arts, Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan.
Chandra Bhattacharjee's canvases are languid and far removed from the urban world. Dusky men and women exist in an ethereal realm untouched by the madness of everyday city life, carrying out their daily chores. Bahttacharjee's compositions are influenced by the rural and tribal associations that he had an opportunity to work with; particularly the 'Santhal' tribe of Calcutta. The textural quality of his paintings is strongly reminiscent of the traditional mud walls of these villages,
smeared with cow-dung.
The colours in Bhattacharjee's paintings are at once, subdued and vibrant. Warm pinks, full-bodied blues, interspersed with blank areas, soothe the senses. He uses the technique of crosshatching (a method used more often in pencil drawings), in black, over the colour; this adds depth to his colours. Bhattacharjee's paintings tell a story, but it is a story without a beginning or an end and it flows seamlessly from the artist onto the surface of the canvas. The world of Bhattacharjee's creation is without boundaries; where humans, animals and surreal creatures coexist in harmony.
Bhattacharjee, although influenced by rural and tribal themes, has a firm academic grounding. He has studied at the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, Calcutta. He received a gold medal from the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, in 1986. He has held several group as well as solo exhibitions of his works in Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta.