The Butterfly Lady

by Ajay De
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Medium: Charcoal & Acrylic on Paper
Year: 2015
Size: 15 x 15 inches


The effervescent Ajay De says, “In my 'Butterfly Lady ' I attempt to explore transformations of the human soul. In life, we come close to being the butterfly. Yet, only those chosen few are able to embrace the life of a butterfly, and dare towards liberation! The butterfly inspires me to live with my dream of liberty! It inspires me to transform the world, from the cocoon of dead habit to the freedom of unbridled expression so that even after I am gone the mirth lives on forever.”

  • ABOUT Ajay De

    While growing up in Kolkata, Ajay De spent his days drawing, fueled by the wonderment of nature around him. After graduating from the Government College of Arts and Crafts & completing his post-graduate at the J.J. School of Arts in Mumbai, he found himself drawn towards the black and white tones of charcoal, especially towards Japanese calligraphy. The image of the hard-working rickshaw puller stood out.

    In 1998, he had the opportunity to show his work in Tokyo, which was received well. Upon his return, he began exploring the boundaries of this medium & experimented with acrylic, adding a dash of colour to his charcoal works. Shades of red made their appearance in the Ganesha series, and blue in the Mother Teresa series. With the passing years Ajay De has been able to find his home in this medium, reaching ever greater levels of intimacy and expression.

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