Every artist while thinking about their work , reflects on what is going on around them . What are the visual inputs , what are the social goings on at that time , what bothers them , what pleases them . These reflections then show up in their work , in a way forms the base for their visual expressions .
Working on this hypotheses , we chose the works of the following 5 artists . Each one expresses themselves differently , using different mediums , work in different genres , and have very different styles .
Originally from Bengal , now based in Bombay , Samir is a master water colourist , India’s finest currently . Making this his exclusive medium , Samir controls the flow and intensity of colour in a superb way . The colours merge and mingle , and dance to his tune , creating delightful compositions . His icons are contemporary in style and global in visuals . He has shown all over the world .
Originally from Kolkatta , now based in Bombay , Ajay is world renowned for his charcoal works on paper . Now adding a hint of dramatic acrylic for a heightened contrast . In this show , he depicts very reflective Buddhas and a vibrant Ganesh , Ajay’s works are found all over the world , including the Vatican .
Gautam lives between Kolkatta and Bombay . Deeply steeped in Bengali culture , the works in this show reflects on writings by Rabindranath Tagore and films by Satyajit Ray . The indolent life of the privileged , the cloistered life of their women , the fusion of Victorian England and Bengal in their way of living , dressing and homes . All making for very distinctive creations using acrylic on canvas .
Based in Bangalore , Shankar depicts the rural people of Karnataka . People who have a self- assured confidence , a people who are happy in their lives and comfortable in their skins . Using oil paints applied with a palette knife on canvas , Shankar masters the art of light and shade .
Young Amrutraj fled his native Latur post the dreadful earthquake and is now settled in Bombay . Deeply inspired by the teachings of Buddha , Amrutraj reflects on the philosophy of this belief , and is content with it . Using warm acrylic tones , his Buddhas glow and shed an ethereal light