Samita Chatterjee’s unconventional art instantly inspires the viewers and compels them to think beyond the obvious. Her exceptional talent portrays her brilliant mind and a practiced hand. Following the buzz she created in Kolkata, she has now created a niche for herself in New Delhi.
“Drawing on walls is something I’ve also loved doing, and I think that could be because my mother did everything in her power to prevent me from doing that while I was (expected to be) growing up,” tells Samita.
After getting thoroughly bored of studying taxation laws and balance sheets, she decided to switch fields. She now illustrates books, comics and even intends to write some. She also loves painting on walls, be it graffiti or theme-based art. Apart from illustrating, she occasionally designs for web and print based projects.
Interestingly, cats on the internet, “the evil mind control monsters” have influenced her style of drawing. Her unique style is occasionally peppered with the macabre making for very interesting and refreshing art. Some of her illustrations are based on traditional art and some are simply mind boggling. The medium she uses varies from project to project; she uses charcoal, colour pencils, ink, watercolour, acrylic and generally uses spray cans for graffiti and wall art.
According to Samita the combination of recurrent non paid assignments and freelancing is a risky business. Moreover, she feels that deadlines are a major hindrance. They induce brain malfunctions, as she puts it, when one is staring at a piece of paper or the computer screen, trying very hard to come up with something that would satisfy the client’s need and terror follows soon after. This certainly restricts artistic freedom.
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As a part of the group, The Ferals, Samita has done some fantastic wall art in Kolkata, and some of her work is exhibited at The Basement, a well known pub in the city. Recently she was a part of the NH7 Pepsi Dubstation where she created a fascinating mural. Apart from art related work, she is trying her hand at light painting. She is currently completing her work at Boombox Cafe at Connaught Place, New Delhi. In another 5-10 years all she wants is to own a swimming pool at the least, if not an island!
Written by: Malavika Chatterjee