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Bengal Panorama : The legacy and The Continuity

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Bengal Panorama : The legacy and The Continuity

The revivalist art of Bengal which dominated the art scene of late nineteenth and early twentieth century in India went through a radical change under the leadership of artists and art educators of almost every important art centre in the country. The art school established by the British already positioned Calcutta a major art centre. Against the mythological and romantic subjects of the Bengal school, Santiniketan, under the guidance of Rabindranth Tagore directed towards universal understanding of art where western modernism, styles, mediums were taught and studied along with native artistic subjects and forms that created an Indian modernist language. Before Independence, the Indian style and academic realism in the metropolitan Calcutta and the newly formed Indian modernism at Santiniketan were primarily practiced. In the 40s, famine-stricken Bengal, social movements, freedom and Indian Independence movement found reflection in art and literature, turning practices into movements, and the artistic expression became an expression of the self and one’s surrounding.
Highlighting the artistic continuity of modern and contemporary Bengal, the works of Bengal Panorama are chosen from the private collection of the gallery. Featuring several styles, genres, periods, themes that have been prevalent throughout the history of Bengal modernism, the exhibition showcases over fifty artworks by a range of modernists, including master artist Nandalal Bose, Ajoy Ghosh, Paritosh Sen, Bijon Chowdhury, Bipin Behari Goswami, Prokash Karmakar, Isha Mahammad, Sunil Das, Suhas Roy, Lalu shaw, Jogen Chowdhury, Rabin Dutta, Chatrapati Dutta, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Aditya Basak and a few like-minded young artists.
Unlike the 50s artists primarily working in abstraction, Sunil Das devoted himself to figuration and occasionally tried his hand at sculpture. Master sculptor, Bipin Behari Goswami’s patina-coated bronze represents his signature style and interest in the modern idiom. One of the best among his generation of Calcutta painters, Bijon Chowdhury occasionally painted mythological works apart from socio-political themes, whereas Lalu Prasad Shaw mainly focused on his babu-bibi series in tempera or gouache. Drawing from mythology and history, Ajoy Ghosh mastered wash technique of Abanindranth Tagore. Portraying the diversity of Bengal modernism, the exhibition incorporates spontaneous drawings by Nandalal Bose, a sketch by Jogen Chowdhury, a narrative canvas by Isha Mahhammad, a nude by Prokash Karmakar, Suhas Roy’s still-life, and a self portrait by Partiosh Sen as a thinker. Whether it be Chatrapati Dutta’s cityscape, Rabin Dutta’s shehnai player, Chandra Bhattacharjee’s portrait or Aditya Basak’s allegorical composition, each work stands on its own. Recent trends of the contemporary Bengal are represented here by Suvajit Samanta’s works dealing with environmental issues, miniature bronzes depicting human psyche and struggles by Animesh Mahata, psychological drawings of Debabrata Sarkar, Nabanita Shaha’s cityscape, Saumen Khamrui’s modernist tempera, Pradip Das’s hint to mindless consumerism including Parbir Bera’s depiction of carnal love.
Connected, only by the geographical confines of Bengal, the artists and art works on display include not just some of the most important names of the region, but also works of individual stylistic importance.
Rohit Soparkar and Hansa Milan kumar are the guest artists of the exhibition.

Visual Synthesis

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

An Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings & Sculptures

Venue: Shridharani Gallery N-205, Triveni kala sangam 205,Tansen Marg
New Delhi.
September 11th to 20th, 11am to 7 pm Daily

Janus Art Gallery, celebrating 15 years of its journey of art, is pleased to present a contemporary coterie from Kolkata through an exhibition of exclusive paintings & sculptures at Shridharni Gallery,New Delhi.

Every idea, every thought is an entity in itself. Flowing freely from the brushes, they create a synthesis of visual forms. Encompassing multiple facets of daily life, these visuals create a diary, with pages submerged in social ethos, human psyche and stoic commentary. Art is a medium of expression of what we believe in…they are conduits of what we think and desire, and ‘Visual synthesis’ is proud to present them in never discovered realms of creative reasoning.

Seven exhibitors have experimented with genres over time and period….they have used various medias and have given shape and hues to their imagination. They have not only unleashed a documentary, of stunning and dynamic visual imagery captured in still frames of art and sculptures, but have also formed appealing narratives… both real and illusive.

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Bijon Choudhury
Jogen Choudhury
Suhas Roy
Sunil Das
Ajoy Kumar Ghosh
Niren Sengupta
Rabin Dutta
Joi Zharotia
Gopi Gojwani
Manoj Dutta
Ashoke Bhowmick
Arunesh Choudhury
Shrikant G. Poddar
Partho Dutta
Rajesh K. Sharma
Dolly Dutta
Sudip Chakraborty
K Muralidharan
Paritosh Sen
Pradip Das
Debabrata Sarkar
Tarun Maity
Suvajit Samanta
Prabir Bera
Faiyyaz Rashid Khan
Rajan Fulari
Satya Mothadaka

Paradigm of Expressions

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Saturday, Apr 12, 2008

Spectrum of artistic expressions
Kunal Diwan

‘Journey’: Oil on canvas by Animesh Nandi

NEW DELHI : An exhibition of paintings and sculptures titled “Paradigm of Expressions” by various artistes is now on at Lalit Kala Akademi here.

The pantheon of artists whose works are on display include painters Bijon Chowdhary, Isha Mahammad, Shovin Bhattacharjee, Ajoy Kumar Ghose, Amit Singh Slathia, Animesh Nandi and Niren Sen Gupta and sculptors Mukul Panwar, Om Prakash Khare, Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Krishna Murari, to name a few.

Art critic and curator Debdutta Gupta says the exhibition showcases paintings and sculptures of artists belonging to different age groups and geographic locales, where some expressions refer to myths concerning the order-disorder-re-order incited by a conflict.

“In some other cases the lyric and dramatic literary modes are equally distinct along with the narrative ones. Where some artists lead us to the path of expressional enunciation through stylised representations, others take us closer to nature or even beyond perceptive points of recognition,” he adds.

The narrative sometimes is also a part of our folk art tradition. There is a language of this creativity, which is observed as “the pleasure of a mind engrossed in an image”. “The history of thought reveals, beneath the continuities, discontinuities, displacements and transformations.

Gradually the Indian artists have stepped out from the narrative mode and got themselves engrossed towards a more contemporary visual construct,” says Mr. Gupta. The exhibition comprises heterotopias, surrealism, tribal art forms, eco-feminism, abstract representations of landscapes in paintings and simultaneous co-existence and feel of form in sculptures that makes for a true paradigm of expressions.

The show is open for viewing up to this coming Monday.

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