Rajib Deyashi
Rajib Deyashi
Kolkata India
About Me

Rajib Deyashi paints out of an internal necessity. Though he is not expressionist in the conventional or rebellious sense, yet the term ‘internal necessity’ is very much applicable for him, as he inculcates a very enlightened sense of spirituality in the deeper layer of his consciousness, which has been developed in him since his childhood not only from his environment but also out of his encounter with the life and nature around him. He is also a theist in the religious sense. His paintings generate from that theistic spirituality. He is young, very modest and full of dream. He believes in submission to this life and to the super-consciousness that enlightens, guides and controls this life. His creations come out of the interaction with the super-consciousness and complete submission to it. Beyond the strife and conflict that constantly pollutes the day to day mundane existence; he tries to posit an alternative space in his painting through which he can communicate with his own being and the being of the nature.

His recent paintings are therefore mostly symbolic, often abstract. Very often he uses different sorts of religious and natural icons but decontextualises them from their known and conventional environment and meaning with connotations towards something super-natural. Some of his works, as we see in this exhibition, are iconic and in some he transforms the icon. The icon or the natural element is very much present. But through repeated placement of the same icon or through conglomeration of a few he constructs one or more geometrical forms assigning in them symbolic connotation, mostly of ritualistic Hindu tantrik iconography. He thus builds up a metaphor of non-objective or abstract nature that symbolizes some philosophical thought concerning the expression of super-natural power.

In most of his paintings he repeatedly uses two natural elements: one is blood-red china-rose or the flower jabaa in Bengali and the other is wood-apple leaf or bel-pata or bilwa-patra. Both these two items are considered very sacred in Hindu religious rituals. Jabaa is used in the worship of Kali or the supernatural feminine power, also known as aadyaa- shakti. Bilwa-patra is very favorite of the god Shiva.

Let us now look at one or two of such paintings to note the trend of such transformation or decontextualisation. In one, a canvas painted with acrylic colour, the background is deep dark through application of flat black colour. Against that background there are two geometrical forms, one upon the other. The lower one is constructed with repeated placement of jabaa. It takes the form of a Shive-linga, a phallus form, representing Shiva-Shakti. In the lower part of it a similar small arched form is inscribed which dazzles with internal golden light. On the top of the large Shive-linga there is a circular form made up of bilwa-patra, each of which is a unit of three leaves together. In the centre of the circle is placed a small drum or tabor, known as damaru in Bengali. Damaru is the rhythmic percussion instrument used by Shiva. The jabaa, bilwa-patra and damaru – all are natural forms. But they are decontextualised from their naturalness and bestowed with an abstract symbolic connotation implying the supernatural expression of the omnipotent power of the universe. In another painting also the background is deep-dark black. On it he inscribed linear concentric circles from smaller one at the center to larger ones towards periphery. Over these circles is placed the phonetic symbol ‘Om’ written with a Bengali vowel through repeated placement of green bilwa-patra. Om is the symbol of Bromha or supreme power, the intrinsic force of the universe.

Education

Graduation From  ‘University  of Calcutta’,1999
B.f.a.(First Class First) from Indira Kala Sangit  
Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh C.G.,2004

Events/Exhibitions

Group Exhibition:
Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai - 2007
The Cross Section of Contemporary Indian Art,Organised by
“The Eye Within” at Jahangir Art Gallerty,Mumbai-2007
More Participation in various Exhibitions in Kolkata,Mumbai,Delhi.

Solo Exhibition:
Academy of Fine Arts, 2013
International Participation: An Exhibition At NINA’S Art Gallery,Paris-2006
Art Camp: Participated in various Art Camps all over India.
 

Awards/Honors

Certificate of Merit (Painting And Water Color) From Academy of Fine Arts - 2001
Awarded From College of Visual Art, Kolkata, Annual Exhibition – 2003
Awarded From Indian Society of Oriental Art - 2004
Cerficate of Merit from Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. 2004
Awarded “The Silver Brush 2008” (All India Level) Organised by Eye Within, Kolkata.
Awarded from Rajya charukala parshad Kolkata-2009

ARTWORKS BY Rajib Deyashi
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Shaw
Product Code: CE101706 Size: 36" X 36" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 35000
Kali
Product Code: CE101705 Size: 34" X 36" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 35000
Mandir
Product Code: CE101704 Size: 28" X 36" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 35000
Aradhana-2
Product Code: CE101703 Size: 34" X 34" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 35000
Aradhana-1
Product Code: CE101702 Size: 36" X 36" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 35000
Shiva And Kali
Product Code: CE101701 Size: 30" X 36" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 35000
Meditation
Product Code: CE101700 Size: 12" X 12" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 8000
Maa Kali
Product Code: CE101699 Size: 30" X 36" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 35000
Lord Krishna
Product Code: CE101698 Size: 24" X 24" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 15000
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