When I got out of art college (early 1990) I use to sign my paintings in front, lower corner as just ‘Roy’… paintings of that time 1986-92 would have this… then an Art College Professor pointed out “If you want to make a name etc. sign your full name, there are so many Roys around etc!!” I then started using my full signature ie ‘Animesh Roy’… Post 1992-3 works would have my full name in front.

But I grew disillusioned by this urgent need to be recognised by our signature alone… and as I became aware and studied more of our traditions in Indian (and the oriental) art and culture I realised that in our traditional arts our artists do not sign at all… they remain humble, anonymous and would attribute all their skills and talent to Nature or God and their art as an act of devotion etc!! I have been inspired by this concept since then… and have stopped signing my name in front but I do sign (full name) all my paintings at the back/on the reverse side (for the record etc.)

My signature with other details on the reversed side of one of my works.

There are some contemporary artists who do not sign in front..over their painting. But I haven’t met one yet. I am not against it but I see so many paintings spoilt by an ugly signature!! There are some who have used it very aesthetically like Claude Monet.. and some like van Gogh’s are terrible!! Thankfully many of his works don’t have his signatures!! Mine have been more of a protest.. while all rushed in with their ‘style and signature’ to earn name and fame… I wanted only my work to speak up.. and would boast: “In museums they put small plaques along side..  next to every work with all details..and there the art enthusiasts can see!!

I do get very surprised collectors.. who wonder why they don’t see any signatures on my work?! Some walk away, some are very uncomfortable to invest.. on an artist without a name!!

Waterscape-7, Oil on Canvas78×74 inches / 198×188 cm Oct. 2009 
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http://www.artists.de/animeshroy.html
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http://royanimesh.blogspot.com
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