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Welcome to Artist on a Mend!

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"Artist on a Mend" (an old painting) was painted over a period of one year. I left it unfinished, face down in the dirt and clammy moistness of a forgotten room for nearly eight months. It did not have the title by which people know it today. Meanwhile, things happened to me. To be "on a mend" could also mean "to be in a state of perpetual disrepair." Flip side of the same coin! But better be on a mend than be perfect.

Before Geocities closed down in 2009, this website (which was in Geocities since 2003) was easily accessible through the search phrase 'old master studies' - it used to rank number 1 (screenshot) in Google's list! Staggering - I know!

I guess it will take time to get back to that ranking. Meanwhile, if you wish to show my work to someone, and do not remember this address, simply ask them to google my name (note: there are no 'A'-s in it) - chances are I'll be one of the entries in the first page.

So, without further preamble, let me begin where I must - with an introduction to the painter. You may also read excerpts of the "older" intro at the end of this section.

I am Prosenjit Roy, a painter based in Kolkata (Calcutta for you, if you are unintiated into that secret and mysterious cult of Bengalihood! :D). Since 2000, I have withdrawn from my older profession (which involved wearing a white-coat and busily strutting/running up and down long corridors to the beck and call of pesky pagers or (more alarmingly!) laying wicked looking retractors against throbbing carotid arteries or strenuously picking out tiny shards of glass from defeated and wounded weekend pub-fighters to the more mundane task of pulling out wobbly incisors - all in the day's work of a maxillofacial resident!) and have devoted myself completely to the art of painting. I dont paint all day long, my productivity is abysmal (at least now, in may 2006, when this is being re-written), but I do 'think' about it all the time (this has become my life), and sometimes, during moments of inspiration actually come up with works of art.

This website contains a large body of my latest works, formal as well as informal which were not there in my previous website. My old paintings have been included in a seperate section as well as excerpts from related texts.

There is something else not commonly found in homepages such as these - a section on my studies on the Great Masters. We all learn from them, but often fail to acknowledge our debts. More of it in here...

While designing this site, I have replaced the customary "Home Page", with "New works" since this is where I wish my guests to be - everytime they visit artist on a mend.

The about me section is still evolving. It will mostly contain links to my contralateral reflections, a few excerpts about me from the older web gallery and whatever I may deem worI'm not an avid viewer of Bengali TV soaps (for that matter, any soap, although I do appreciate the realistic portrayals in 'Crime Patrol', which is a Hindi 'non-soap' based on real-life events). However, when the TV is on at home, and I'm passing by, I'd sometimes sit down and watch for a while.

I realize that after an initial period, all soaps lose direction of plot, and are basically trying to retain viewership by inventing dramatic twists, which are frequently inane. I don't blame them. They are doing a job, and a huge number of people are involved in each TV serial who must all remain employed. So they try their best to extend it as best as they can, although often faltering at the story-line. Having said that, one can still appreciate snatches of brilliant acting, even little turns of event, which are inspiring - when considered in isolation (from the jaded, overall script). This keeps my hopes alive in the enormous talent in Bengal, although the days of Chhobi Biswas, Tulshi Chakraborty, Bikash Roy, Tapan Kumar, Bhanu Bandopadhyay are long gone. Soumitra Chattopadhyay, that giant of an actor is now old, and is rarely seen on TV. Anyway, I digress too much.

It was in one of those soaps, where I viewed an amazing scene. A young lady who had suffered some great misfortune only recently, was cruelly treated by a man. It was easy to empathize with this character, and feel a sense of outrage at the incident (Hey, what's the fun in watching movies/soaps if you remain unresponsive!). One was lead to expect that some kind of retribution would follow, perhaps a divine intervention (like, from the script-writer) to put the 'insulter' in his place. 

Amazingly though, what followed was an act of deep kindness. The victim initially reacted as if she was about to punish him. Instead, she forgave him with a dramatic gesture of reconciliation. It was a stunning turn of events, and even the insulter was left tongue-tied. I do not know what happened next, for that was all I had watched. 

I couldn't but reflect on the rich, all-pervading sense of goodness and well-being that must affect you once you forgive someone. If you feel that you've been deeply wronged, your compassion and sincerity has been betrayed, its natural for thoughts of rage - even vengeance, to scorch your mind. But that is all it can do, it scorches your precious moments on earth, eating into you little by little. Life has enough misery as it is, without having to suffer self-inflicted ones.

It is easy to blame the other person, but you were guilty in the first place to allow expectations to build up. That expectation was your motive, and motivated action attaches you to it. From then on, you're like a slave to turns of event beyond your control.

No wonder ancient sages warn us, the instant we seek to gratify our senses, especially outside of socially permissible norms, we are inviting trouble. For that will build up expectations, and  you'll be left anticipating more and more of the same. Gratification is not the 'sin', the anticipation is. Take each instance of kindness/affection to be an isolated one (they'd say), and respond to subsequent ones on their individual merit. That way, each will come as a happy surprise to you, and you'll be left freshly grateful.

Swami Vivekananda, that fiery sage had written to one of his disciples (Chicago, 28th May, 1894), "Build your hope on none".

So why be angry with the other person(s), he or she is only following his/her natural tendencies. It is as if, the first time you had a particularly delicious fruit, and enjoyed it, you tend to anticipate the same taste every time thereafter. Which is rather unrealistic!

For that one fruit is gone, that was one instance of experience only. Every subsequent one involves a new fruit, with innumerably different conditions of growth and degrees of ripeness. Same with people. They change, the circumstances and compulsions of their life change. Even a mother may harshly react to a child's most innocuous demand, leaving it bewildered. Who knows what was troubling her mind at that moment!

Hence, acts of perceived betrayal/insensitivty/irrational behaviour are, I believe, a person's attempts to readjust to changing situations in his/her life. Those are his/her survival strategy, and however hurtful it may seem at first, its probably best to empathize with it. Change is the truth. And we, the perceived 'victim' must learn to adapt to it as well.

Forgiveness is that act of (conscious) re-adjustment to new realities. It can take us to a fountain of peace, put out the fire of anger, and fill us with kindness. The latter, sages say, goes a long way in healing oneself. It makes you see things from both ends, and you emerge a wiser, happier person.thy of publication.

Please let me know if you have any queries on the paintings, or wish to comment upon those. Thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy the exhibition...

Prosenjit Roy.

>> (Scroll down to the Thumbnails OR Read Introductory Excerpts from the Previous Gallery)

Genesis : artist_on_a_mend ... These are excerpts, somewhat modified, from the initial pages of my first website. I wrote these during my de-coccooning years, when I was changing shells.

"Hello! This is the paintings section. And its me here, artist_on_a_mend.

Intrigued? Amused? Wondering why that of all names? Well, to be truthful, I am not too sure myself. The name simply happened. Maybe out of some deeper necessity to heal, to reform! More of that follows. But for those who would simply wish to see the paintings, lets move on to Faith, one of my older works...

Oh! So you didn't move on. Many thanks, you are equally welcome here. Perhaps a painting is better appreciated when there's a glimpse of what went behind its creation. Now about the artist_on_a_mend ...

In a previous life, dead and buried under the shifting sands of time, I was conferred a a Bachelors degree in Dental Surgery (they call it B.D.S. here) from the Calcutta University. I had had this bee in my bonnet regarding asthetics from early childhood, and perhaps inspired by my parents' (whom I will introduce shortly) profession, aspired to be a facial surgeon. Dentistry is the best way to begin that training. I began my graduate residency in Calcutta, shuttling between the plastic and maxillofacial units of a state-run hospital in the city. Later, I obtained a Fellowship to a similar unit in England under what they still, rather grandeously call 'The Royal College of Surgeons.' I travelled to Sussex in the south of that nation to continue with my training. More of it later...

Calcutta, now Kolkata, is the place of my birth. I was born in the early '70s, which were tumultous years for the politics of Bengal. My parents were surgeons. They began their career as residents in Calcutta's first Cardiothoracic unit, later shifting to General Surgery. I understand that I had a lot to look up to since childhood. Maybe, in trying to live upto some example, I forgot what the the real me was all about. I did well in studies, graduating at the top of my class, and perhaps to satisfy that deeper aesthetic craving (which I've mentioned earlier) continued to gravitate towards facial cosmetic surgery, especially for people who have had some acquired disfigurement, through trauma or malignancy. On being awarded that fellowship I went abroad to pick up some additional experience, and perhaps, staying away and alone from my loved ones for the first time in my life, in an unfamiliar environment, I had time to reflect (even while shuttling in a cab between two different hospitals about 30 mins apart during my 'on-call' days) on who I really was, and what I really wanted to do with my life. And a different realization dawned inside of me, changing my life forever...

But more of that in here...(Link takes you to excerpts in the About Me section)

~  L a t e s t  P a i n t i n g s  ~
(on canvas, mostly)

PLEASE visit ** UPDATES **, that's where all the RECENT activity is taking place. The works here may not be the most recent. Please also view QUICK LINKS at the top left.

Tree - 24" x 18" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added, Nov '14)


Colossus - 30" x 36" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added in Flickr 2, Jan '14)

Mr Moon's Girlfriend
- 4 ft x 3 ft", acrylic on canvas.Added to Flickr 2 (Jul '13). 

Red Cloud - 24" x 18" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added in Flickr 2, Apr '13)

Ancient Burrower
- 24" x 18", acrylic on canvas. Added to Flickr 2 (Jun '13)

'Dented' - 24" x 18" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added Jan '13)

Wings - 4 ft x 3 ft, Acrylic on Canvas. Added to Flickr 2 (Jan '12).  

Chimera 2
- 19" x 12" / Acrylic on Canvas  paper (Added in Flickr2, Jan '12)

Rise - Acrylic on Canson acrylic paper, 29" x 21" (Added Sep '11).

Vision - 21" x 15" / Acrylic on Canvas  paper (Added in Flickr2, Apr '11)

Coconuteer Man - Acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24" (Added in Flickr 2, Aug '11).  

Moon - 18" x 24" / Acrylic on Canvas
(Added, Apr '11)

Dark - Acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24" (Added, Mar '11)


Light - 18" x 24" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added, Oct '10)

During this hiatus in posting, I was adding to my FLICKR Galleries : One and Two (recent).

Oarsman of the Night 2 - Acrylic on Canvas, 3' x 4' (Added Nov '08)

 Gash 1 - 18" x 24" / Oil on Canvas (Added Nov '08)

Gash 2 - 3' x 4' / Oil on Canvas. (Added Mar '08)

Sands  - Hand painted digitally, using pressure pad and pen mouse.

 Wheels - 4' x 5' / Acrylic on Canvas. ( Picture added - Aug 2007)

~ R u s h ~ (Links to a Set of six)

Links to a set of 6 sketches

Sudden rush of afternoon sketches (beginning in late May '07). Some of these are not 'finished' paintings, but crude, although spontaneous, spur of the moment creations. All 10.5" x 8.5" approx (except digitals).

Bouquet of Watercolors

The Second Wolf - 5' x 4' / Acrylic on Canvas. ( Added Aug 2006 - with closeups)

Opened, New Digital Gallery >>

Destiny's Child - Hand painted digitally.


Sketches from Bak-Khali (Added Apr '06)


 Collateral Damage - 4' x 5' / Acrylic on Canvas

Susan in Red - 4' x 4' / Acrylic on Canvas.

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The Red Juggler - 10.5" x 14.5" / Acrylic on Paper

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ChameLeo - 14.5" x 10.5" / Acrylic on Paper

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Insectblood - 14.5" x 10.5" / Acrylic on Paper

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Homunculus - 14.5" x 10.5" / Acrylic on Paper

Indulgence - 18"x 24" / Acrylic on Canvas

Heavy Metal - 40" x 30" / Acrylic on Board

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Heavy Metal - Detail / Acrylic on Board

<< "Graceful Flight of Eggs" - 36" x 36" / Oil on Canvas


The Sleepy Scratch - 36"x 48" / Oil on Canvas


<< The Dolls' House - 36" x 48" / Oil on Canvas. Added - a better image plus some details

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Sketches from The Indian South

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The Horse Medic - 18" x 24" / Oil on Canvas

Jhuno - 18" x 24" / Oil on Canvas

The Order of Things - 66" x 54" / Acrylic on Canvas.


The Artist on a Mend - 36" x 36" / Oil on Canvas. This is not a new painting. Since it wasn't included in my older website, I decided to put it here.

Smoke on the Horizon - 30" x 36" / Oil on Canvas

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