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‘First Step’  

Sajal Roy

Sajal Roy's paintings, graphics and drawings evoke the oppressive resonances of the seemingly insignificant details of day-to-day life in an Indian metropolis, as they filter through the prism of his emotionally charged imagination. His works are essentially statements against the dehumanization of the vulnerable and weak by a demonic, increasingly materialistic civilization, which engenders compulsions that violate basic human dignity. Material progress, he seems to say, is reactionary if it devalues the individual.

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‘‘The Fluteplayer'
gouache on paper
22” x 28”
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‘Sindoor Khela'
gouache on paper
22” x 28”
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‘Rape’
oil in canvas
40” x 50”
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Despite his dramatic images of unbridled lust in ‘Rape’ and ‘On Fire’, there is nothing essentially strident in Roy’s depictions. His mood straddles a multiplicity of emotions, from touching hope in the faces of rustic ‘Migrants’ to the city or infinite tenderness in the faces of a mother or a vulnerable child, to anguish, weariness, fear, boredom, matter-of-fact submission to daily routine, or even an almost spiritual resignation to a diminished existence as in ‘The Flute Player’. Ultimately, each figure projects in its mute self-containment, a strange kind of dignity.

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‘Mother& Child'
gouache on paper
22” x 22
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'Earthquake'
gouache on paper
24” x 17”
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‘Visitors'
gouache on paper
22” x 26”
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Human emotion spills over into animals in Roy 's ‘Horse' series. The horse symbolizes ‘shakti' or power, and underlines the artist's faith in the fundamental strength of the spirit. Whether it arches its neck and flares its nostrils in ‘Fallen Down’, or nuzzles its mate in ‘Amity', it is the strength and capacity to endure in a horse – or, by implication, in a human being – the artist seems to imply, that defines the value of a life.

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‘First Step’
gouache on paper
22” x 22
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The dilemmas of ordinary people – of men on the street – as they tackle their day to day life-situations in an increasingly complex social milieu, assumes extraordinary emotional relevance in Roy’s art. And the power of the artist’s visual language is an extension of this social commitment. The human drama infused into every composition is rhythmically enforced through use of strong vibrant lines, sometimes rough, sometimes fluid, but always intense; and in the powerful distortions, disproportions and stylization of his chunky human and animal forms. His use of color too – stark, muted, somber or vivid – eloquently evokes the mood of the composition.


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About the Artist

Born: Calcutta

Education: 1 st Class First in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2006, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1983, 1980, 1988, 1977, 1973 1970, 1968, 1964 All India Shows, Paintings Drawings and Graphics

Group Exhibitions & Participations

  • 2004 ‘ Manifestation III' Mumbai & N. Delhi
  • 2003 ‘ Manifestation II' Mumbai & N. Delhi
  • 1964 onwards All India Shows
  • 1987, 1984, 1980, 1976 INTERGRAFIK, Berlin
  • 1979 Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Indo-

German Artist's Workshop, KWARZ

  • 1970, 1968 German Democratic Republic
  • 1969 Texas , USA

Awards

  • 1992 Solids First Indian Drawing Biennale
  • 1996 ‘ Veteran Artists of India ' Silver Plaque By All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi

 

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