‘Red, Black and White’

The Mumbai based gallery, Suchitrra Arts is hosting an art exhibition titled ‘Red, Black and White’. The show has something different in store for the viewers. The theme revolves around the three colors and their characteristics that the artists are supposed to bring out.

The participating artists have handled topics close to their heart. They have even dabbled in displaying their interpretation of current issue, but in the colors that form crux of the show. For instance, the content and subject of Ghanshyam Gupta’s work are based on past experiences. He subconsciously filters these experiences and brings them out visually in an abstract figurative manner. The artist elaborates: “Daily experiences from life influence my work. This is the essence of my work.” His work on Terror with a cycle that has a pressure cooker strapped on surrounded by a spiral of colors is noteworthy.

Buwa Shete after completing his graduation in fine arts worked with advertising agencies as a creative director and illustrator for several years, while painting simultaneously. His first recognition came when he won an award at the National Exhibition of Young Painters in Kolkata, organized by M. F. Hussain. His style is characterized by contemporary modernist figures, rendered mysterious by his uniquely Indian style.

The artist is unafraid of size and flirts outrageously with color. He uses themes like parent and child and turbaned village men and turns them into a profusion of bold strokes and color, rendering contemporary, modernist images in rough, strong brushstrokes. Buwa Shete’s depiction of a child and a mother’s love for each other is moving.

Painter, illustrator, tutor and writer Paritosh Sen has been a part of the world of Indian art, for close to four decades now. His more recognizable works are his caricatures, which reflect strong underlying socio-political shades, and his female nude drawings. His style of representation is influenced by his exposure to Western Modern art, and has traces of cubism.

His drawings and paintings are noted for their strong lines and bold, stylized strokes. A recurrent subject in Paritosh Sen's works is his depiction of scenes from everyday urban life. These activities are rendered from a cynical and detached perspective, which is typically the artist's viewpoint.

Also among the participating artists, Satyajeet Shinde’s depiction of a man having a cup of tea is also striking. Another participating artist Ajay De, born in 1967, studied at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, and did his post-graduation from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai. His solo exhibitions have been held at various prominent art galleries across India.

G.A. Dandekar's paintings are impressions of my experience of culture. He reveals: “Though I started as a landscape painter initially, my journey across India opened the new chapter. Indian people, their rural surroundings, colorful celebrations, lifestyle, their interactions with nature influenced me.”

Sunil Das's paintings not only express the physical attributes of his subjects but also their associative ones. Every once in a while he paints human beings, but his depiction of the human anatomy is skewed, to a point that it almost borders on macabre surrealism. Hardly ever painting in loud or warm colors, he uses soft brown, mauve and white in the background to bring out the drama of life.

Artist Umakant Tawade is best known for his series of figurative paintings with extremely expressive faces that show each one’s distinct and individual characteristics. The central monk-like figures seem to be involved in absorbing relationships with the others around them as well as with their immediate surroundings. His lines are strong and his canvases are soaked in predominantly dark browns and ochre, but do occasionally reveal bright patches of color.

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