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Expressions in colour

Thirty artists from Bengal explore a range of topics at an exhibition at Prakrit Arts


THE RANGE and gamut of expressions in the paintings of about 30 artists from Bengal, who are holding a group show at the Prakrit Arts, are varied and diverse, from figurative to landscapes, Nature to abstractions. The group is a mixed bag with the commonality of shared art education from the Government College of Arts Calcutta.

Nearly all the artists' works are absorbing. Some senior artists whose works are on display are Sakthi Burman, Paritosh Sen, Sunil Das, Ganesh Haloi and Amitabh Sengupta.

The senior artists, who have evolved their visual repertoire based on their personal philosophies and experiences, attract attention by their content, expressions and structured compositions. Conveying varied meaning is the painting of Amitabh Sengupta through his realistic compositions, reflecting the artist's control over his vocabulary.

Sakthi Burman's lithographic print of subtle nuanced tones manifests his dream world filled with luxurious vegetation and beautiful maidens. Sunil Das' ubiquitous horse in charcoal is not a drawing, rather it manifests the energy and the confidence of the artist. The canvases of Paritosh Sen, the senior most among them, that comprise crows and camel head, make statements about life inscribed with humour employing iconic representation from the animal kingdom.

The other artists whose works make an impression are Ashok Mullick, Aditya Basak, Arup Das, Pradip Saha, Swapan Kumar Das, Dipankar Das Gupta, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Samar Dutta, Karthick C. Pyne, Partha Shah and Chanjal Mukherjee.

Mullick exhibits a sweet sentimental expression in the young `Woman with Dove' with traditional marks and colours like red, yellow and orange. A few paintings like `Kathakali' (Aditya Basak), `Bull' (Pradip Saha), `Dying' (Swapan Kumar Das) and `Lone Woman' (Chandra Bhattacharjee) are enigmatic and intriguing, evocative and mesmerising, melding together the world of reality and imagination, fantasy and dreams.


The abstractions of Partha, Chanjal, Animesh Datta and Dipankar Das Gupta are organic and gestural, conveying impressions of Post-Painterly abstractionist but tinged with Indian sensibility.

The colour sensibility of the artists hallmarks each canvas either by the presence of drama or vibrancy, or by serene and meditative qualities.

Each composition exhibits the control of the medium weaving together the warp of skill with the weft of creativity. Some of the frames have serious and thought-provoking imagery, while the others are visually pleasing or have wit and humour underlying their compositions.

The exhibition is on till October 30.

ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT

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