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Beauties from Bengal

Gallery Space's art expo has an interesting mix of paintings, etchings and sculptures



An engrossed art lover at Gallery space -- Photos: Mohd. Yousuf.

NABANITA CHAKRABARTHY says she works through a "metamorphic language" while S. K. Shahjahan says his compositions are unconventional. Subrata Pal believes his work is mainly objective.

In contrast, Samsul Alam says he "collects scrap to give shape to my expressions through sculptures".

These verbal expressions of the four young artists - painters Shahjahan and Subrata, sculptor Samsul Alam and printmaker Nabanita Chakrabarthy are precisely what their visual expressions correspond to, as evident from the works on show at Gallery Space.

Coming from West Bengal, they justify their tutelage under several stalwarts, bringing alive the ethos of the Bengal school despite their varied thoughts and modes of expression. Shahjahan, twice winner of Elizabeth Greenwill Foundation award of the Canadian government is an expressionist epitomising human relationships - man-woman, mother-child, woman-nature etc. "I am interested in the internal expression of the subject and this is what I like to bring out through my paintings. My lines are bold and forceful and so is my application of pigment," he says. His figurative characterisations bring out the sublime quality of dormant feelings, at times broadening on to being macabre and sinister.

On the other hand, Subrata Pal's works feature a lot of carefully crafted and dexterously worked upon very Bengal like images of `devis' and young women.

Talking of his art, Subrata explains, "Anything in my view that brings about a reaction in my feelings is reflected in my work. I try to express serene romanticism." Cross hatching small strokes of colour and working on definite and careful configuration of a single figure, he renders a traditional feel for comfortable viewing.


On a different plane is sculptor Alam, emphasising on the minimalist style. Apart from several figures cast out of bronze, Alam also fashions out sculptures worked with split and folded pipes, stove burners, nuts and bolts, making the material become a part of his figurative compositions. "The material I use is related to my theme and my concern is the oppression of the numerous downtrodden dominated by the upper class. Poverty touches me to an extent that it surfaces through my sculptures," he says.

The last of the quartet, Nabanita Chakrabarthi, uses uncanny metaphors ranging from the mythological to the modern.

"I am trying to develop new visual language. On several occasions I have used traditional and even religious metaphors." Being the protagonist in her artwork, she justifies her space in today's world - protecting herself and living a life on her own terms.

Her serigraphs and etchings are replete with symbolism and she is a winner in her own thoughts.

  • What: Art exhibition

  • Where: Gallery Space, Plot No. 1177, Road No. 12, MLA Colony, near Lotus Pond, Banjara Hills

  • When: On till February 9 daily between 11.00 am and 7.00 pm

    B. PADMA REDDY

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