Vivid hues, muted shades
While Dilip Kumar Ghosh explores human life in resonating shades and definitive lines, Surajit Chanda uses the landscape and seasons in running colours
HAUNTING Ghosh uses the stage to explore imagination and life
If Dilip Kumar Ghosh’s canvases are a rich tapestry of deep colours and punctuated lines that tell stories of women, society and life, then Surajit Chanda’s works paint an overwhelming opposite.
His large oil paintings give a water-colour presence in their use of running colours that seem to have no boundary.
Ghosh’s portraits are figurative while Chanda’s mirror the landscape.
Ghosh who has a M.F.A. in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan, works from Midnapur, West Bengal as a freelance artist.
His paintings are captivating — the colours he has used striking, and the images mesmerising. “Frame within a frame” and “Vision through artist” are rectangular frames of the only two gouaches on Nepali paper board. “Frame within a frame” has deep purples and pinks of women and men seated, the central couple’s bodies overlap.
“Vision through artist”, largely in browns and yellows is broken up into three segments — of the artist painting and his panoramic multiple visions — moving from the immediate house, to the surrounding areas of the lake.
Faces and bottles dominate “Festival of loneliness” — people may be physically together at a party, but are miles apart emotionally and mentally.
Mustard yellow fills the canvas of an untitled work, where figures of women in green with a white head-scarf squat in different positions.
Defining boxes form the background, there is an overlapping figure of two women again and the sun is represented in concentric circles.
Ghosh’s technique of cutting up his canvases into neat squares finds shape in “In search of”, “Story of a yellow bird” and “Life is where”. “In search of” paints a naked woman with uniform motifs on her body sitting with one foot resting over the other knee. Though the canvas is physically cut into squares, these squares assume their separate identities only in the different shades of browns and yellows. “Man on a chair” is a multi-coloured portrait of a large man in formals, constrained in his chair. His pained expression and uncomfortable body-language signify a deep artistic expression of the life of a working-class employee. “Story of a yellow bird” is vivid in the use of fantasy in its details, naïve style and colours used of two women sitting on arm-chair sofas with a man’s head as the yellow bird. Three separate outlined faces with masked faces in the rectangular “Life is where” is fascinating in the way a folded card scrolls across to reveal the layers of the hidden faces of women.
Three paintings — “Demise of Imagination”, “Everyman” and “On the Stage” use the stage and the dramatic to explore the dynamics of the human mind and life in an almost centaur-like mythical interpretation.
A vibrant splash of colours depicts a man and a multi-hued horse-headed costume. “Demise of Imagination” is powerful and imaginative — the blank eyes of a man staring at a lifeless horse-headed costume are haunting. “On the Stage” is voyeuristic and “Everyman” has a double mounted piece of canvas to show a man’s head and feet as the base and a horse’s intestinal body painted on the mounted piece. “Hunter” which is perhaps the only work which uses dull colours, explores folk art.
Chanda’s collection uses muted shades of greys and browns to illustrate the landscape perennially awash with water and lopsided houses perhaps tends to portray the artist’s environment of West Bengal. The titles that the M.A in visual arts from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata uses — “At the dusk of a day”, Midsummer I and II, When the rain falls I and II, “Monsoon Magic” and others which are acrylic on paper convey the seasons of his works. His paintings run an almost-identical thread of images explored — lopsided houses lost in a permanent deluge.
The exhibition is on till September 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays at Right Lines Art Gallery, No. 270, 1st floor, 1st Main, Defence Colony, Indiranagar. Call 25272827.
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