Works by Rajib Choudhary
Born in 1971, in Sodepur, West Bengal, Rajib Chowdhury is a Baroda based painter. Printmaking has seriously influenced his style of work and it is often evident in his paintings. Having earlier worked in several media like oil, gouache, and watercolors, Rajib has found acrylic to be his preferred media for the last couple of years.' Acrylic is also a good media in terms of longitivity and good maintenance of one painting' says the artist.
Often taking references from photographic images from the net or magazines, the artist incorporates these images by transferring them on the canvas and then redoing and over painting then to form an integral part of the picture. Several times the transferred picture is rarely visible due to the artist's transformation of the image. It is the result of this blend of the photographic image with the other elements that lend Rajibs work a persona of its own.
The planning part of a work begins from the selection of an image and then the thinking and creative process begins. Moreover, the result is a picture of harmonized colours and reflections.
Rajib is the recipient of the AIFACS award (1998,99), The Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, 1998 and the Bombay Art Society Award, 1999. He has also been awarded the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 1996.The artist has participated in several group shows including the Harmony Art Show since 2000. His upcoming shows include a group show, Feb Show 2004, at the ABS Gallery, Baroda and a solo show at the Jehangir Art Gallery in May this year. Rajib's works are in several collections in India, Israel, Belgium, France and U.K.