Night IIIOriginal Screen print by Chitra Merchant

Night IIIOriginal Screen print by Chitra Merchant

Chitra Merchant

Chitra Merchant grew up in India and currently works as an artist in Bristol, U.K. After completing a B.A Degree in Psychology, she left India to work for a year in an artist’s studio in West Africa. She came to England in the early nineties and completed a B.A (Hons) Degree in Illustration from U.W.E Bristol (’98)where she was first introduced to printmaking. In 2001 she based herself at Spike Print Studio where she prints, exhibits and works to commission on a regular basis

Temple series:  Much of Chitra's work is strongly informed by her Indian upbringing. This is reflected in the use of colour as metaphor and landscape as allegory. These landscapes use ancient Indian historical sites as a starting point from which to develop imaginal structures that take on a life and logic of their own. A love of drawing always forms the starting point of any work.  They are then translated into the medium of screenprint with its limitless possibilities for layering colour, tone, line, text

Hinterland series:  Chitra's new body of work explores derelict and overlooked areas of urban spaces and both the romantic and the unwanted notions of ruins.  T.S.Elliots’ poem the ‘Wasteland’ greatly inspired these works. Some of these images start their lives as etchings and sometimes move on into screen prints and mixed media