Emotions on canvas

Arty Splash


AESTHETIC: Visitors admiring the paintings. DH PHOTOS BY Vishwanath Suverna A

rt lovers were quite overwhelmed by the collection of works by 28 different artists, both accomplished and emerging, which were showcased at the Welcom Art Gallery in the City.

Under the aegis of Art Mantram a society established in 1999 dedicated to social work and the promotion of contemporary Indian art, the exhibition had to offer a variety for all tastes and budgets ranging from small acrylics on canvas with bright vibrant splashes of colour to two toned charcoals on paper and mixed media.

Some of the artists on display were Sunil Das with his intriguing charcoal on paper (a bull and flamenco dancer all in one)and mixed media, Paritosh Sen’s and
Debashish Dhara’s acrylics on canvas and Chandra Shekar Acharya’s elegant work in tempera.

People formed little groups and pairs and debated on the relative merits of the the different works and styles and the attributes of the various artists with the red sticker going up on many of the pieces of work on display.

Shudhangshu Bandhopadhyay’s abstract acrylic on canvas was full of energy and movement and Sukanta Das’s tranquil couple gave off a soothing harmony against a softly leafed pastel background. Kanchanmala’s acrylic on canvas was a beautiful close up study of a young girl with luminous eyes in shades of black while Pradip Ghosh’s dismembered limbs and bloodied knives gave off the kind of disturbing feel of a live crime scene captured in technicolour.

Devjyoti Sasmal’s mixed media on canvas was a charming composition of a girl with sensual yet innocent features against a textured like background.

Abhijit Mitra’s semi abstract work in acrylics was a blend of icons and symbols in shades of greys, yellows and whites in a magnetic style. Atin Basak’s tempera and etching on handmade paper was a compelling yet reflective work of a tree motif and a zen like profile in repose with Pranab Roy’s strong yet sensitive depiction of a young man playing a flute, the peacock feather instantly bringing to mind the mythological connection
to the work.

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