Attri Chetan’s Chosen Path towards Mastery in Woodcut Art & Printing
Attri Chetan was surrounded by art from his very childhood: his grandfather who was a theatre actor, his uncles and aunts were photographers, his father was a painter, and his mother was a classical dancer. With so much creativity around him, Attri has enjoyed great influences by his artistic family which contributed to his love of art and creativity.
“Art was always there as a part of family and my whole childhood was spent in between these canvases, paper rolls, colours etc.”
Born in Gorakhpur (U.P.) India, Attri was schooled at Rishikesh, after which he went to Odisha to pursue his carrier as an artist.
“I have done my Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking from Balasore Art and Crafts College, ODISHA in 2016. During my foundation at my college I planned to do specialization in Painting but one day my life totally changed when I saw works of HAREN DAS.” *see footnotes on Haren Das below.
The prints of the woodcuts created by Haren Das inspired Attri so much that his mind was totally changed, and instead of pursuing his original plans, he augmented them to become a woodcut artist himself.
“His [Das’s] sensibility of dealing with the medium, creating light and shades and most importantly depicting the reality made me curious about the medium.”
After completing his Bachelors Degree in 2016, Attri shifted to Santiniketan where he completed his Masters of Fine Art in Print Making from Visva Bharati University, West Bengal in 2018. During the years of his higher education he has participated in various national and international exhibitions – biennial and triennial.
Once the Masters Degree was in Attri’s hands, he finally was able to dedicate more time to his love of art, while at the same time working as an Associate Professor at CMR University, School of Architecture, Bangalore, Karnataka.
* SOURCED FROM WIKIPEDIA:
Harendra Narayan Das (1 February 1921 – 31 January 1993), better known as Haren Das, was a highly respected artist in India who worked almost exclusively in printmaking mediums. His work included engravings, linocuts, etchings, and lithographs, though he is most remembered for the technical skill of his woodcuts and wood engravings.
Haren Das followed a tradition of wood engraving that developed in the bazaars of north Calcutta in the mid-19th century. His early academic training was received partially from Ramendranath Chakravorty (1902–55), who had been influenced in color woodcut printing by the Japanese style of Ukiyo-e prints.
Attri has showcased his woodworks and prints in numerous shows and exhibitions around the world (too many to list), and received many awards over the years, some of which we have listed here:
- 2019: Honorary Mention Award at International Drawing Biennale, Noida , U.P.
- 2018: Awarded in 84th All India Art Exhibition by IAFA , Amritsar , PUNJAB
- Award in Printmaking by State Art Gallery, Madhapur, Hyderabad ,ANDHRA PRADESH
- RANG SANG’ 3rd Online Art Contest,Highly Commended Award
- 2017: All India Art Exhibition, Hinamchal Art Museun 2nd Award ,Shimla H.P.‘Infinity’, All India Art Exhibition , Dehradun , Uttarakhand
- ART MESTRO Special Honorable Mention Award , Kochi , KERALA
- ‘MIRAGE’ 2nd National Art Exhibition, Indore, MADHYAPRADESH
- 2nd Eastern Foundation of Art & Culture, Balasore , ODISHA
- 2016: 7th Agnipath All India Art Contest, Chandigarh, PUNJAB
- 2015: Late Guruvarya Baburao Jagtap Memorial Award by Bombay Art Society,Mumbai MAHARASHTRA
- 2014: College Annual Award, Balasore, ODISHA
- Color Harmony, All India art exhibition, Muzaffarnagar, UTTARPRADESH
- 2013: College Annual Award, Balasore, ODISHA
Attri greatly enjoys what he has achieved. Being able to make beautiful woodcuts that are loved by so many makes him feel proud of his skill and acts as an inspiration for him to continue on this chosen path towards even greater success.
“I don’t face any challenge or I can say I don’t take anything as a challenge because I believe whenever we take something as a challenge we always try to win or solve it. In this process learning is always left behind.”
Attri accepts commissions. Follow his social media accounts to support him in his art career!