Arpita Bhattacharya (1976-2001) was introduced to the world of painting at the tender age of 2. Although never formally trained, the inspiration was her mother from whom she learnt the basics of painting. What started off as a mere expression of her thoughts through picture and colours, later became a serious hobby. She gave her complete dedication and passion, so much so that it became an integral part of who she was and who she aspired to be – free, strong, bold and constantly evolving.
She herself admitted, painting to her was a form of meditation which allowed her to be with herself. In a sense, it was fundamental to her and made her a more sincere and honest person because she felt that “no art can be enjoyable if it is devoid of truthfulness”. In fact, her work can be described as an intimate expression of herself.
Although ravaged by a malignant tumour for twelve long years, Arpita looked pain squarely in the eye. She transcended it with incredible courage. Whether in art or in her life she reaffirmed her conviction, that life was to be celebrated and to be rejoiced in. Acute adversity seemed to have given her a profound serenity and a luminous vision that saw what lay behind the apparent. The element that defined a moment, a situation, a scene, or a message a posture could convey.
“Arpita’s work are an affirmation of her undying spirit”