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Meenakshi Jha Banerjee

Artist Meenakshi Jha Banerjee

Joined Craft Tatva: January 2022

Meenakshi Jha Banerjee is a contemporary painter by profession, working consistently for the past 20 years in Bihar (INDIA) while exploring with the simplistic elements of Mithila, embedded in the folk paintings of the region. Her experimentations with the traditional elements of Mithila has evolved as a signature style of her own where the feelings, emotions, elements, intricacies and tradition merges into current subjects, modern medium and contemporary skill sets. She responds to social actions and contemporarisation. Minute and intricate detailing besides multiple layering is the essence of her palate and mood.

Focus Areas: Figures, Gods, etc.

Artworks by Meenakshi Jha Banerjee

About Meenakshi Jha Banerjee

Artist’s statement

My paintings begin not with the blots and patches of colours on the canvas, they begin on epochs which are alibi to the various shades of emotions I feel during different times. My paintings come alive much later than they are embryoed in my heart. They come to tell a story. Sometimes they tell a story that I didn’t even know before starting on the canvas. When I paint, magic happens to me. I listen to what the canvas says. I feel what the characters emote. They tell me a story and I etch it out. It has been noticed that many of my works portray goddesses or demi-godesses. It is because the otherworldy connects to me via my paints and I showcase them. My world is painted between the god of big things and the god of small things. They merge on my platform. The colourstory as well as details are often inspired by the shades of village folklores of madhubani, where remain my roots

About Me
Meenakshi Jha Banerjee is a contemporary painter by profession, working consistently for the past 20 years in Bihar (INDIA) while exploring with the simplistic elements of Mithila, embedded in the folk paintings of the region. Her experimentations with the traditional elements of Mithila has evolved as a signature style of her own where the feelings, emotions, elements, intricacies and tradition merges into current subjects, modern medium and contemporary skill sets. She responds to social actions and contemporarisation. Minute and intricate detailing besides multiple layering is the essence of her palate and mood. Her latest exhibition in September 2018 at Lalit Kala Akademi Patna showcased all together a new dimension of her research based collection of human interactions and humanistic interfaces,. Her works are in collections and displays at various Government and Corporate organizations like Offices of Govt. of Bihar, Buddha International Museum, Patna Indian Railways, Airport Authority, Life insurance corporation of India, Unicef, ITC, IFFCO etc. Organisations like Indian oil, Kalyanpur cement , Allahabad bank, Indian army, have also patronized her works. Recently one of her works has been published as a cover in Australia under the Auspices of #Incredible India movement, jointly by the Ministries of Tourism of the either countries, and now a part of The National Library of Australia. She has a few paintings at various private collections internationally.

Significantly, she rides a car which she painted allover in 2015 and named it Bahuriya. she painted a second car at International Artist camp at Siwan , Bihar in 2018. Her works are available on online portals like mojarto and storyltd. Her collectors are from Europe, USA, Canada Africa and major metros of India, who regularly patronize her works through the internet. She has been adorned with a couple of laurels including Bihar Kala Samman 2013. She has been covered by National and international Media, widely for her experimentations, which can be easily traced on Google and Youtube. In her private life, she has established a social enterprise named Kahaanighar. She says, we have taken a lot from the society. ‘’Its time to pay back”. She had been paying back to the society through Kahaanighar which has emerged over last two years as an outfit which nurtures and imbibes culture into children and the society around them. Major part of her earnings, goes towards the cost of affairs for nurturing Kahaanighar. Kahaanighar conducts film shows, art sessions, musical symposiums, creative camps, maths classes and many more such activities against no fees. Its a place with free entry for all.

Awards & Recognitions:
Women achiever award 2018
Aparajita Samman 2018
International Artist Camp at Pariwartan, Siwan 2018
All India Women artist camp Lalit kala Academy, Udaipur 2017
Bihar kala samman 2013
All India National exhibition –two consecutive years
Swami Vivekanand Yuva Puraskar
Sidheswari Devi Puraskar
V P Sinha foundation award
R N Pandey smriti Puraskar

Major Exhibitions:

Solo show, CSOI, chankyapuri, Delhi, November 2019
Group show, Art and soul, Mumbai
Group show, on Gandhi,Bapu sabhagar, Patna2019
Group show NGMA, Delhi, 2019
Camp at Bokaro 2019
Workshop for adolescent girls ,an initiative by ‘Save The Children, Gaya 2019
Group show based on postcard, Lakhnow 2019
Group show, postcard LKA, Delhi 2019
Group Show Biharan, street show, 2019
Group show Biharan, lalit kala akademi Patna 2018
International Artist Exhibition , Bihar Museum 2018
Exhibition on Gandhi, Bihar Museum 2017
National Workshop of women artists at Udaipur, Lait Kala Akademy 2017
Solo show at India Habitat Center New Delhi/December/ 2013
State Award “young artist” by Dept. of Art& Culture, Govt. of Bihar / Feb 2013
State workshop “ Lalit Kala Akademi , Bihar/2013
Solo Show “Basanti

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