Welcome autumn with art from Bengal at the Aspire art show

Kolkata based ‘Art Tune’ presents soothing images of feminine beauty through brightly layered figuration, in the group show ‘Aspire – an autumn colour show’ at Amdavad ni Gufa in Ahmedabad. These 40 paintings by the group of 9 artists from West Bengal are gentle and calming in its effect.

Curator Giriraj Kadia at Aspire art show

The sound of the sifting of fallen dried leaves on the asphalt road signals the onset of autumn. The experience of autumn, more or less, ends at this point, in the city of Ahmedabad. But this time, there is more for Ahmedabad to savour while the autumn winds are breezing by. Aspire – an autumn art show curated by Giriraj Kadia for Kolkata based gallery Art Tune is a delightful art show that enhances the autumnal experience for connoisseurs in Ahmedabad. The show opened at Amdavad ni Gufa on November 14, 2018 and will continue till November 18, 2018, visitors can view the show between 4 – 8 pm on all days.

The show has on display 40 paintings created by a group of 9 artists based out of West Bengal. These collection is a beautiful depiction of feminine beauty, showcased using sharp figuration and bright colours with acrylic as the medium on canvas. Majority of the artists have focused on the woman’s face as a subject to express the feminine, while couple of works have played with figure of ‘Radha – Krishna’ . The display gives the viewer a soothing experience as Kadia has thoughtfully placed the paintings, giving due consideration of form, size and colour of the artwork.

Artist Sekhar Roy’s depiction of Lord Krishna in paintings

Sukanta Das has emphasised on features of woman’s face, but at the same time maintained a dreamlike feel, lending it a touch of sacredness.  The tranquil artworks of Swapan Roy depict the serenity of Gautama Buddha, while Bappa Haldar’s forms are striking in its ability to convey the harshness of the reality we all live in. Contrastingly when one looks at the bright coloured words of artist Jayanta Khan, the autumn flavour comes out quite apparently. The shades of green, alluring red and captivating yellow in the paintings create a calming effect, and easy on the eye visuals.

Prasenjit Sengupta’s figurative paintings at Aspire art show
Bengali artist Uttam Manna’s paintings at Aspire art show

Artist Prasenjit Sengupta shared how for him painting is more of a stress reliever rather than a vocation. It is the joy of converting the routine objects into subject for his art and being able to perceive those objects in a completely different light.  The twisting and turning bulls of painter Uttam Manna carries a lot of ethnic influence while painter Subrata Das has taken the chronicles of Shree Krishna as his inspiration. The Krishna by Das are distinctly different from the traditional Pichhwai school of art. The artist has taken liberty in giving features to the form and has strived to make the canvas poetic in its expression.

Further we encounter the romantic compositions of Samir Sarkar. His forms are amusing and possess a beautiful mix of mystery and romance. The portrayed men and women look engrossed with their eyes closed and seem like in a trance mode. Sekhar Roy, like Das, has also taken up theme of Krishna with Gopika. However it is joy to watch two different depictions, both modern, within the same show. A student of Gopal Sanyal, Roy’s artworks bear the distinctiveness of this thin strokes.

Samir Sarkar’s portrayed figure with a unique headgear

Experience the colours of autumn and art from Bengal in this show that is open till November 18, 2018.

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