England born Anita Chanda went to India as a child and grew up there but came back as a teenager, to study art at Sir John Cass and Putney School of Art in London. After getting married young she went back to India with her husband where she lived for a few years. In 1974 Anita joined the Govt College of Art Kolkata for a few months; she then had a toddler at home. Her paintings were selected for the Academy of Fine Arts Group show in 1977. She also did a solo show there in 1978 and sold paintings in the late 70s and early 80s in Kolkata and Mumbai.
Soon a very difficult marriage led to her paints being put away. Anita returned to London with kids and filed for divorce in 1985. She had to find a steady income to raise her two boys all by herself with no help from their father. The courageous woman that she is, Anita qualified in HR and worked in the City, then became a leadership consultant and executive coach giving people the confidence to succeed in the corporate world.
However the artist in Anita didn’t die – she participated in a show at the Nehru Centre and the Orangery Holland Park. For a couple of years now, as she enters her “swinging sixties” Anita has fully immersed herself in painting with occasional leadership work in London and around the world.
Anita is inspired by her colourful Indian roots, the nature around and her coaching experience and life’s journey. Here are a few mixed media paintings from her previous collection called ‘Sari’ where she includes a piece of textile from an antique sari border in silk and gold thread in her painting along with a few from her other series:
Anita’s latest paintings will be exhibited at The Fountain Gallery in Hampton Court from 15- 27 April 2014.