Sanjay Bhattacharya (b.1958)
Oil on Canvas
44 x 36 in.
Born and raised in Kolkata, Sanjay Bhattacharya’s work can be characterized by his masterful realist depictions of interior and exterior architectural scenes taken from lower and middle-class urban Indian neighborhoods and his portraiture of the inhabitants found therein. The two works on display here beautifully encapsulate Bhattacharya’s skill in conveying a wealth of insight into the lives of his subjects through a serene single candid image of their daily routine. Drawing inspiration from senior Bengali realist painter Bikash Bhattacharjee, as well as Western masters such as Rembrandt and Velasquez, Bhattacharya is known for his exquisite control of perspective and light and for imbuing his scenes of everyday life with evocative and romantic imagery which speaks to the complex stories of the individuals and families who dwell amongst them, both on and off his canvases. Though rooted in realism, Bhattacharya’s work seeks to blend and bring to life what he calls the “inner and outer realities” found juxtaposed within the interiors and structures he depicts and the lives and histories of those who have called them home.
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