Anannya Chowdhury is an award-winning self-taught emerging artist and former Clinical-Psychologist. Chowdhury was born in East India and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. She is an artist with a spiritual and vibrant personality that is reflected in all the art she creates. Her voice and sentiment can be felt and heard in her pieces, which are meticulously painted with exquisite details, fine brushwork. Her paintings communicate a sense of clarity, luminosity, strength, warmth, love, and freedom.
Her paintings have been publicly displayed in the Mayor’s Building, nationally and internationally (Madrid, Tuscany), shown in many juried exhibitions, art magazines, and newspapers. She was recently selected by juror Frank Hettig to show in the juried NEW TEXAS TALENT XXIII 2016 at Craighead Green Gallery. Chowdhury participated in the 31st Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition cosponsored by the Irving Arts Center and the Irving Art Association. She has also won many awards in juried art exhibitions.
My work is about a search for the spiritual aspect of daily existence so essential to life. To imbue my artwork with life I channel energy from my daily practice of meditation which flows into my creations. I regard painting as a meditation, and design my compositions to create visual stimulation and brain activity. In my own unique vibrant and dynamic style, I maintain a symmetrical pattern executed by deft brushwork.
I create spontaneous movements of curves, patterns through the whole design on the canvas. I do not feel bounded by any kind of preliminary compositions or rules. I believe in liquid movements of my thoughts and as I start to paint I feel through an infinite play of lines, forms and rhythms. New emotions and the discovery of unknown worlds in my life trigger a strong communication within myself, which naturally I express through my creations. It is all about lines, movements, curves, patterns and the dance of colors piecing your heart, dancing songs of joy in rich iridescent colors.
I am passionate about painting peacocks and other ancient folk tribal iconography from ancient India, which I represent in rich, shimmering colors. To maintain a sense of spiritual freedom and intuitiveness in my process I work in other media, such as colored modeling clay, which I use to created relief paintings. I also work with hammered metal, fabric, and colored sand, giving new life and relevance to ancient techniques.
I named my website Artmantras.com. The word mantra has two parts: man - which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind, and tra - which is the root of the word for instrument. Artmantras is therefore an instrument of the mind which can serve to enter a deep state of creativity and rejuvenation. My artwork is a reflection of the positive energy and vitality that I bring to the canvas during the creative process.
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