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The world of moods

Alternatively using stark and delicate shades, Rabin Dutta captures his protagonists in a variety of moods and settings



Rabin Dutta's recent acryclic paintings on canvas are on show

AN INTERESTING collaboration between two art galleries separated geographically by hundreds of miles has enabled artist Rabin Dutta to be featured with his works in the Garden City.

Bangalore-based Gallery-g has tied up with Janus of Kolkata to host Dutta's recent works in an exhibition titled, My World. Established in 1998, Janus reportedly stocks paintings of old Bengal masters and contemporary artists from Kolkata. It also boasts of a good reference library and offers assistance in restoration and framing of artworks.

Having graduated from Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta, and passed the Art Application Course from Calcutta University creditably, Rabin Dutta participated in several national art exhibitions and workshops. His works are collected by individuals as well as corporate houses. A painting of his is also reported to have been presented to Fidel Castro. Dutta is also a member of Film Censor Board (West Bengal) and Democratic Writers and Artists Association.

Myriad moods

My World brings a collection of Dutta's recent acrylic paintings on canvas. Alternatively using stark and delicate colours and shades, the artist delineates his protagonists in a variety of moods and settings. A man whose body is painted in red seen sleeping on a walking horse, still birds with their tilted necks, a frowning owl with its piercing eyes, a frail looking fruit seller pushing his wooden cart, a tall youth playing his lute to his young lover, a group of musicians immersed in a concert, a seller of masks, a woman compassionately holding a dog, a speeding bull with a diving masked man on its back, side profiled women in their transparent attire — Dutta captures them all on his canvas.

The female form

The female form in particular catches his attention as could be seen in the solitary woman brushing her long lustrous hair even as her attention seems to have been diverted elsewhere. In another work, she is seen at bath; the squatting figure deep in thought even as the deep red-coloured bucket under the tap and a prying black crow in the background add to the overall feel and drama. A group of fisherwoman portrayed in another painting suggests the difficult lives they seem to lead but their poise reaffirms a confidence in life.

My World was inaugurated at Gallery-g on July 23 by Jean Paul Peterschmitt, the French Trade Commissioner. The inauguration was followed by a poetry reading session by Shobitha Mamilly the same evening. The exhibition concludes on July 29.

ATHREYA

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