Shri Jamini Roy (11 April 1887 – 24 April 1972) was an Indian painter. He was honored with the State award of Padma Bhushan in 1955. Jamini Roy was born on 11 April 1887 into a moderately prosperous family. At sixteen he was sent to an Art School where he was taught to paint in the prevailing academic tradition drawing Classical nudes and painting in oils and in 1908 he received his Diploma in Fine Art
He soon realized that he needed to draw inspiration, not from Western traditions, but from his own culture. He was most influenced by the Kalighat Pat , which was a style of art with bold sweeping brush-strokes.
His new style was a reaction against the Bengal School and Western tradition. His underlying reaons was to capture the simplicity in the everyday life of the folk people; to make art accessible to a wider section of people; and to give Indian art its own identity.
He spent most of his life living and working in Calcutta. Initially he experimented with Kalighat paintings but found that it has ceased to be strictly a “patua” and went to learn from village patuas. Consequently, his techniques as well as subject matter was influenced by traditional art of Bengal. He preferred himself to be called a patua. Jamini Roy died in 1972. He was survived by four sons and a daughter.
I always try to learn different forms of Painting. A painting from a certain region always helps you, understand and connect to that respective region. From the time, I have read about him and his works, he has been one of my favorite and such a great inspiration. I have tried to recreate one of his works. His paintings help you connect and understand life of the folk people. His works are indeed such an inspiration to a lot of Painters trying to find their own identity through their paintings.