The works of the artist Asit Roy exhibited posthumously at the Jehangir Art Gallery

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It is often said that “An artist never dies”, as their legacy, the memory runs long with their contributions to the field of expertise. Similar is the case of the late Asit Roy, who carved for days of his life under the guidance of well-known sculptor Kiran Dixit.

It would not be wrong to say that we create what we see, imagine! Roy was one of them, his strokes and casts transformed everyday objects and situations into art. He probably viewed the events taking place in and around as a “work of art”, through which he captured moments in mud and clay.

His drawings, sculptures were the scenes of everyday life, which almost everyone came across. Still, freezing and recreating interesting scenes via sculpting was something Roy was interested in.

Are you someone who likes to sip ‘tapri chai’? One of Roy’s works is a sketch that illustrates “behind the tea stall”. See photo, right here:

From chai to cats, yoga poses to fatherly love, Roy sculpted almost everything his eyes communicated to the heart, soul and spirit – in short, via what his mind’s eye was absorbing.

His works often reveal his innate sense of composition. What is most adorable and amazing in every piece of art is the simplicity of compositional skill and proper presentation of desired visual effects.

Discover some of his works here:

‘Goat’ by Roy

“Dabbawala” by Roy

Roy’s “Father and Son”

Asit Roy’s connection to art seemed to have come from heaven. He succeeded thanks to his will, his skills and his advice.

The young man was in his late thirties when he died, details of the same application unstated. He happened to belong to the Santhal tribe. Asit’s grandfather was a weaver from Dumka, Jharkhand and was invited by Vishwa Bharati University (VBU) to help with weaving activities in Shilpa Sadan, Santiniketan. His father was an assistant in the sculpture department of Kala Bhavan.

Roy had entered the studio of sculptor Kiran Dixit years ago, it was then that his talent was given encouragement, well-wishes and a platform to grow. “Asit came to help me make molds, over time I was impressed with his work. I wanted him to pursue art, study and shine, but he was not financially strong for that It made me sponsor his studies and be his adoptive mother,” Kiran Dixit said wistfully.

Asit Roy did his Diploma in Sculptures at Kala Bhavan VBU, Higher Diploma in Sculptures at Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore. He also completed BVA in Fine Arts from Birla Academy of fine arts, Kolkata. He had previously exhibited his works at Nandan Kala Bhavan Kolkata in their annual exhibition, Mulk Raj Gallery, New Delhi and Academy of fine art, Kolkata. Two of his remarkable works are in the private collection of renowned art collectors.

Some of Asit Roy’s drawings and sculptures were exhibited in a tribute art exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai from 29th March to 4th April 2022. She showcased her artistic creations in watercolor, pen, in ink, paper and sculptures in mixed techniques, terracotta and metals …

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Published on: Saturday 02 April 2022, 20:04 IST

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