Jyotsna Raj

Studio #109

863 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

I grew up in India and am inspired by the fine art and folk art traditions of India. In India, we are surrounded by color and beauty, and I have often chosen to paint flowers, animals and activities that I consider particularly Indian. So I have painted elephants, peacocks and Diwali celebrations. The lives of Indian women and the camaraderie between them is also a theme I am drawn to, depicting women applying henna, or a bangle seller showing her wares to a customer in my paintings. The images of our gods and goddesses is the basis for some of our most ancient murals and sculptures and I have also painted many such images. My art is very decorative and intricate, also very colorful. I have been painting all my life and as my style matures I focus on details against a somewhat stark background in order to highlight them - the silver jewelry on a woman's hands, or the swirl of her skirt against the desert sands.

 

As a completely self-taught painter, I identify strongly with village women in India, who paint on the walls of their homes in a completely organic fashion, often deleting and repainting murals as the festivals of the year go by. I have lived in the USA now for many decades and I believe my art brings me in communion with my new country and it's people.

Painting/Oil

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