Jamini Roy

Taken from "The Bible Through Asian Eyes", 1991
Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady

TOP: "Flight into Egypt",
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Jamini Roy is one of the pioneers of Indian Christian art and his influence still lingers on in India. At the age of 34 he decided to abandon the European way of living and identify more directly with his traditional Bengali roots. He began to explore new directions in his art and found inspiration in the folk art of Bengal villages. He used natural colors rather than oil and in place of the canvas he used clay or lime-coated cloth on paper or wooden boards.

Part of new style is the fish-eyed look which has been widely imitated in India. Some assume that the wide unwinking eyes on Roy's Christ figures signify God's watchfulness with eyes never closed to the needs of men, but Roy dismissed this and pointed out that he used the same eyes on the dancing girls. To Roy, the simplicity of his style was appropriate for the humanness of Jesus. "Christ is above us," he said, "yet we can attain to him- to the higher realm of common humanity."


Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady. The Flight into Egypt. The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. pp.84-85. Print

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The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. p85. Print
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