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Bengali babus in town



one of Keshav Roy's horses on canvas.

`ART WALK' a heady evening of wine and art was introduced by Trident Hilton Hotel to leaven the art scene and the patronage of the arts in the city. Forty- five paintings of upcoming Bengali artists brought down by Ms. Doel Sen, the curator of the Spandan Art Gallery, Kolkata were on display and two canvases by Keshav Roy were auctioned off on the spot.

Part of the proceeds of the paintings sold will go to Anubhav, a homecare for the underprivileged in Kolkata.

Life in Bengal

As the hors d'oeuvres and wines swirled around, the evening yielded 21 red dots on the paintings. A good mixture of water colour, acrylic and oils depicted life in West Bengal. Samir Paul's oils capture the Benares Ghats, Kolkata Street life and the village scenes in orange and yellow.

The orange ember glow of the dying sun or the night lamp stroked his larger canvases bouncing off the boats, the streets and the waters. But for daylight he preferred yellow to capture the imagination. Rana Roy's water colours uses the recurring goat motif to reveal the innocence of village life.

His water colours are far more captivating than his oils. Doel Sen explicates, "Oil is a very difficult medium to work with and unless it is handled well it cannot conceal the flaws of an artist. I personally feel there is more depth in water colour especially in the works of upcoming artists." She goes on to give a useful tip, "When buying a painting it is pertinent that the painting should relate to you. I am very happy that people in Kochi appreciate the paintings because I have handpicked everyone of them."All of Keshav Roy's horses, both in realism and impressionistic styles were sold within two hours.



Hors d'oeuvres and wines to go with art.

Horses

Keshav Roy, a self-taught artist says that one has to study the object thoroughly before painting and it is not easy with horses because they are not commonplace. "Horses are a combination of power, beauty and movement. They love water and running. Two of my paintings that were auctioned off show them airing: doing what they love best running through water. The greatest challenge in drawing these sensitive beings is that there is infinite movement in them." But sadly his better equine expressions in surrealistic and Chinese lines have not been brought to Kochi. An acrylic by Robin Mondal of an eyeless woman is a haunting spectre. On closer inspection the eyes have totally disappeared under the shadow of her veil. Does it suggest that the tyranny of the veil has rendered her eyeless? Or is it we who are blind to the woman's entrapments? Looking beyond the canvas the entrapments need not be only confined to the veil but in the larger picture it could mean any trappings- that of fashion too. Paintings by Partho Banerjee, Gaurgana Beshai, Bishawanath Kundu were also showcased. The exhibition was over on April 1.

MINU ITTYIPE

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