Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu (Roy) was born and raised in a small town named Chandannagar (former French colony), West Bengal in India. Presently she has settled down in Lexington, KY to pursue PhD in Plant Physiology. Her parents noticed her inclination towards painting right when she was only three years old and took her to a local Art school.
Being a typical product of the middle class India, soon Sutapa had to give up her art lessons as she was hit with sheer academic workload which obviously was more important that time. However this did not completely stop her from gratifying her passion as she was involved in numerous school projects and art competitions, be it state or national level. In fact, she still finds inspiration from those accolades when she looks back down the memory lane.
Eventually this got buried under college life which was like a rollercoaster ride full of ups and downs with endless exams, fun and frolic followed by the big decision of landing in US in order to shape up her academic career. And then finally after nearly 10 years of out of painting, Sutapa got tired of chasing assignments, deadlines and exams. This is precisely when she decided to start writing a blog in order to obviate the academic stress.
One of her very close American friends asked her for a “Mother-child” painting which was her first painting after this long hiatus of 10 years. It was full of flaws but she liked it because it helped to regain her confidence. Although she had enjoyed constant encouragement from her parents over years, the person who actually kept her going this time was her husband. His eulogistic criticism helps her to learn and improve every day.
Since then (early 2012) Sutapa started putting her wandering ideas on canvas with her new milieu of acrylic color. She also uses watercolor or pastel at times but mostly prefers to work with acrylic as it gives her a lot of liberty to nourish her changing ideas while painting. Sutapa is always intrigued by Indian mythology, she loves to depict these cult events in her own way combing both figurative and landscape painting with the use of bright colors which she considers as “Indian calendar style”.
Whenever she comes across an interesting place or object, she observes nature’s play of light and shadow very carefully with an artistic penchant and tries to replicate that in her paintings. Of late, she is concentrating more on landscape and abstract portraits. One of her favorite things to do in her leisure time is to go through various photographs taken by her husband or her friends and recreate ideas that suite her style. As a busy graduate student she doesn’t get much time but tries to attend local exhibitions and sell her painting mainly through her blog.
Within this short span of time and amidst immense irregularity, she is lucky to be spotted by many art loving personalities. Her painting has been featured in “Adora Art Project” and she is an active member of “Artist of India”, which is a very nice platform for Indian artists to showcase their work. Deep in her mind Sutapa has long nourishing dreams to nurture her hobby in a serious note sometime in near future and establish herself as an experienced and expert artist.

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