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Mr. Animesh Roy

Animesh Roy is inspired by the furious passion of Van Gogh, the adventure in Robert Louis Stevenson and the grit in Papillon, by Messner for being alone with the mountains, the irreverence and bohemia of Henry Miller, the rebellious youths in The Wild One, saying “What are you rebelling against? What’ve you got?”, the sublime serenity of Tagore and Ray, and the courage and greatness of the Mahatma.

Born in one of the most artistic places in Bengal, Krishnagar, famous for its clay sculptures, Roy has been crisscrossing since a child as his parents had transferable jobs. A sense of adventure was instilled in him as a child through treks in the Himalayas — “Walking down to Saat Taal and getting lost on the way back in the darkness.....”

Inspiration comes from adventure, travel, meeting people, visiting villages, monasteries, temples, churches, mosques, and graveyards. He would not be able to work in the confines of a comfortable city studio. Though many of his works do get physically done in a studio - the germs are born on the road, while traveling, soaking in.

Roy has been a rebel and a traveler and his natural skills are completely untrained. His artistic growth did get stunted from four years of exile in the Delhi College of Art, trying to get a meaningless ‘art degree’. He planned for a ‘break’ like Papillon succeeding with two back to back solo shows just out of college in 1992, thus earning the ire of the art critics and his art college professors!

Since then Roy has had seven solo shows in major Indian cities.

Roy traveled to Ladakh in 1995 in the comforts of an aircraft and called it - Travels with a Donkey - an R. L. Stevenson travelogue. He did some 100 drawings in and around Leh.

Then in 1997 onwards he went into a hiatus — reading, learning how to drive and traveling furiously whenever his budget would allow — Nepal, Bhutan, America, Sikkim, Garhwal, Himachal, Rajasthan, Kutch, UP, Bengal, Goa, Madras. He stopped painting and exhibiting, cutting himself off from the ‘art world’ but continued quietly to do pen-and-ink drawings of places visited.

From 1996 to 2004 Roy did extensive pen-and-ink drawing of Delhi’s ruins: Mehrauli, Tughlakhabad, Adilabad, Sri, Sultan Ghari, Old Delhi etc., while constantly planning his next trip to Leh by road via Manali a distance of over 3,000 km from Delhi and back.

In 2004 he went back to Ladakh, this time traveling alone in his jeep, battling severe high altitude sickness, driving through some of the world’s highest altitude roads and passes. He paints this time. Early 2006 he visited Banaras and came back to his studio in Delhi to produce some 30 odd paintings in acrylics on canvas mostly inspired by the spring and summer of Delhi and a new found joy in his heart.

Roy is now back to his first love - painting.

In the summer of 2006 Roy went back to the Himalayas…to the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, painting the waterfalls and mountainscapes in acrylics on canvas. By the time monsoon came he was back to the plains, painting the fields in the villages around Delhi. During this time Roy finally switched to oils… a medium till now avoided by him due to the fear that it was not suited to his temperament! Many wise men had advised him against using oils!! But lately Roy was very unhappy with the results of Acrylic paints.. ‘It’s too muddy and there’s no sparkle’. So he started oils. Initially it was difficult to work outdoors with oils but he has adapted and has been working since in oils.

Roy went to Poland in 2007. It was early spring and the earth was coming back to life after a harsh winter... everyday fresh blades of grass and wild flowers would spurt... soon the landscape was flooded with flowering tress, shrubs, herbs... it was difficult to keep pace with ever-changing landscape.. before you could decide and go back to a spot the flowers have gone and was greeted by something new!

He spent about six months in Poland, traveling and painting. By the time he packed his easel and paints, he had finished about sixty odd works during his sojourn. Most of the works were done in the open air, and when the weather would turn too rough for outdoors, he would do some still life indoors.

Why Poland? Heart has its reason which the mind can’t fathom...."Adventure is not in the guidebook

and beauty is not on the map. Seek and you shall find." — Elliot Porter

Roy is currently painting in Europe....

 



Background

Animesh Roy

Born 12 January 1968 Krishnagar West Bengal

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Delhi College of Art 1986-90

 

 

Solo Shows

2009-10

Plein Air In Poland

Paintings (Oil & Acrylic on Canvas)

Online Solo Show

Indian Art Collectors website

2009

Exhibition of Paintings,

Slide Show and interactive session with the artist

Galeria Spotkań

Poznan, Poland

Romantic Days In Poland - II

Paintings (Oil on Canvas)

Online Artist of the Month

Indian Art Collectors website

2008

Romantic Days In Poland

Paintings (Oil on Canvas)

Online Solo Show

Indian Art Collectors website

2006

A Traveler’s Palette

Drawings and Paintings (Oils, Acrylic and Pen & Ink)

Open Palm Court Gallery

The Habitat Centre, New Delhi

1996

Drawings and Paintings

(Water Colour, Acrylic, Mix Media and Pen & Ink)

Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Bombay

1995

Travels With A Donkey

Drawings of Ladakh

(Pen and Ink Drawings)

Mirage: Gallery of Arts, New Delhi

1994

Paintings & Drawings

(Water Colour, Acrylic, Mix Media and Pen & Ink)

Triveni Gallery, New Delhi

1992

On The Road’ Paintings (Acrylic)

M.E.C. Art Gallery, New Delhi

1992

Paintings (Water Colour and Mix Media)

Masterpiece Art Gallery, New Delhi


Group Shows

2008

The Art People show

(Oil, Acrylic on Canvas)

AIFACS, New Delhi

2008

The Art People show

(Oil, Acrylic on Canvas)

Travanecore Art Gallery, New Delhi

1995

Paintings & Drawings

(Water Colour, Acrylic, Mix Media and Pen & Ink)

Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta

1994

Paintings (Water Colour and Acrylic)

AIFACS, New Delhi

1992

Paintings (Water Colour)

Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi

1992

Paintings (Acrylic)

M.E.C. Art Gallery, New Delhi

1991

Paintings (Water Colour and Mix Media)

selected by M. F. Hussain

Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

 





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Artwork No: 21618

Lotus
Mr. Animesh Roy
Category: Painting
Style: Landscape
Color: blue
Oil on Canvas
Year : 2008

Size: (height x width)
28.00 X 29.00 inches
71.12 X 73.66 cms

US $: 1,394
Rs.: 85,000
 
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