The Telegraph 2005
Sumeet Mukherjee
Colours and contours
Perhaps one of the most gifted artists of the present generation, Devajyoti Ray follows a grammar of art entirely his own. A remarkable aspect of his works is his unconventional use of colours and shapes, which invests them with an aura of pseudo-realism. The ongoing exhibition of his paintings presents richly figurative works based on realistic drawings. Though realistic in terms of theme and proportion, the paintings assume metaphorical dimension if seen from the perspective of colour-scheme and use of symbols. In Alone for a Living, a crimson river is set against the pink countenance of a fisherman who has blue and green hands. Ray’s use of simple, geometric shapes is significant in the sense that a single shape assumes different meanings in different contexts. Thus, a circle takes on the impression of a lid in Soliloquy and is a clock in In Despair. What is interesting about Ray’s art is that his off-beat colours and contours successfully create a balance between the real and the surreal, transporting the viewer to the artist’s private, imaginary world.
Event: An exhibition of paintings by Devajyoti Ray
When: Till November 6, 4 pm - 8 pm
Where: Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 4th floor


 Sunday Supplement of The Telegraph 2005

Sandip Sarkar

Like an ad photograph

Devajyoti Ray’s exhibition at the Birla Academy shows glaring and contrasting hues that recall early 20th century Fauvist exuberance. Ray is essentially a figurative painter who portrays his protagonists in fashionable dress, bare-bodied to the waist and in simple clothes in details. But their faces have colour-filled blanks without eyes, nose and mouth, which remind one of M.F. Husain’s Mother Teresa series. Ray puts his characters in Euclidian geometric space of receding planes inserted with squares and rectangles indicating dimensional perspective. The contrasting colours within the geometric frames are flat, like house painting. Aware of the monotony, he begins to shake up the hues. And they look like blown-up coloured photographs ready for use in commercial advertising.


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