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Welcome to Artist on a Mend!

~ Exhibiting the art of Prosenjit Roy, since 2003 ~

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(In case you're interested, here's a more recent interview of/on me at an art forum)

"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 Since 2000, I have withdrawn from my older profession (which involved wearing a white-coat and busily strutting/running up and down long corridors to the beck and call of pesky pagers or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 worthy 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.


Moonlander 2 (Teddy version) - 17" x 11" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added, Dec '16)

The hunt - 48" x 36" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added, Nov '16)

The Egg - 48" x 36" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added, Nov '16)

Miel - 11" x 16" / Acrylic on Canvas (Added in Flickr 2, Jul '15)

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 : GALLERY 2 (recent) and GALLERY 1 (older).

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). A CLOSE UP.

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. (Added - Aug 2007). CLOSE UP 1 and CLOSE UP 2.

The Second Wolf - 5' x 4' / Acrylic on Canvas (Added Aug 2006). CLOSE UP of the wolf.


Destiny's Child - Hand painted digitally.

Sketches from Bak-Khali (Added Apr '06) 


 Collateral Damage - 4' x 3' / Acrylic on Canvas. CLOSE UP

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

The Red Juggler - 10.5" x 14.5" / Acrylic on Paper (2005)

ChameLeo - 14.5" x 10.5" / Acrylic on Paper (2005)

Insect blood - 14.5" x 10.5" / Acrylic on Paper

Indulgence - 18"x 24" / Acrylic on Canvas


Heavy Metal - 40" x 30" / Acrylic on Board (framed) / 2004

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


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

<< The Dolls' House - 36" x 48" / Oil on Canvas (2004). CLOSE UP 1, CLOSE UP 2

White, Gold and Purple - 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2003

The Horse Medic - 18" x 24" / Oil on Canvas, 2003

Jhuno - 18" x 24" / Oil on Canvas / 2003

The Order of Things - 66" x 54" / Acrylic on Canvas, 2005. CLOSE UP 1,  CLOSE  UP 2

The Artist on a Mend - 36" x 36" / Oil on Canvas. This is an old painting, circa 2000. Since it wasn't included in my old website, I decided to put it here

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

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