Wednesday 5 January 2022

“A show manifesting the compound of classical and traditional methods with contemporary and modern ideas.” -Moumita Sarkar

Art has consistently succoured to decipher the internal sentiments, insights for the happenings around and the unspoken thoughts, summing it with classical approaches, makes it pleasing to consider and delightful to acquire. 

Kolkata, a land brimming with intellectuality, traditions and classical art has a long erudite, artistic and architectural custom. It Inevitably has mesmerized every cerebral with its blend of colonial remnants and new-age creative energy. With a tremendous number of artistic ideas and notions coming from Kolkata, it has influenced many generations with its history, praxis and style. The exhibition itself showcases an amalgamation of classical and contemporary vitality. 

Featuring fourteen virtuosos and artists from different regions of India, the show beholds meritorious skills infused with new ideas and classical modus operandi. Despite the pandemic situations, several Lockdowns and worldwide agony, these artists remain associated with their underlying foundations and commemorated their thoughts on canvases and sheets. The exhibition celebrates their zeal for art and artistic mores, while unveiling their drawings, paintings, compositions and prints. 

The participating artists, Dr Somava Dutta from Assam, Pallavi Saxena and Dibakar Das from Mumbai, Aparajita Gopal from Hyderabad, Sudipta Swarnaker from Bangladesh, Tanushree Das, Arup Roy, Priyanka Sinha, Deepsikha Das, Debjyoti Saha, Priti Shaw, Nupur Mitra, Ipsit Roy, Ishita Dasgupta, Souvik Roy, Aparajita Gopal and Moumita Mosan from West Bengal has adeptly shown their contemplations and validated that whatever may the circumstance be, art can’t be disaffiliated from the artist. 

Artist: Dibakar Das

“Being an artist, I believe that artwork speaks for itself, it has its own language, one can feel the visual aspirations then describing it in words.” Quotes Dibakar Das, whose works entrenches around spaces, articles, nature and subliminal thoughts. The artist is roused by the perception of shape and cyclical change where only appearance matters as it represents an inner actuality that gets significance from its relationship to the cosmos. He usually builds his works in layers to create a structural and visual dilemma. 

Artist: Nupur Mitra

The works of artist Nupur Mitra demonstrates her life as a whole. she involves her lives' episodes into creative compositions, the encounters she faced and the experiences she goes through. she procures the calibre to exemplify the goods and bads of daily happenings while suffusing her perceptions towards them. Born and bought up in West Bengal, Mitra completed her graduation in fine arts from Burdwan College of Art and Design and pursued Masters in Fine arts from the University of Kalyani. 
Presently the artist works with various mediums giving prime importance to Oil paints on canvases. The works manifest the brilliance of her skills, mastery of drawings and expertise in capturing versatile forms at a time. Mitra makes herself the subject of the concepts of her compositions.  She reveals that her life is an abstract hypothesis which constantly provokes her consciousness that she structures onto the canvases. Executing sensible and realistic embodiments, her works assemble as a visual journal of her escapades, emotions and notions. “I nourish my art with deep vehemence, desires and subconscious feelings.” Says artist.  

Dr Somava Dutta, an arising artist, whose works are based on the affiliation between humans and the environment depicted by deploying a variety of mediums, including tapestry, paintings, cloth works, drawings and many a time with ink. She manoeuvres her works by infusing the thoughts about how humans are impacting the sublime nature and what furthermore receiving consequently. The notions of Dutta occur from preset day circumstances that are being introduced in customary styles. 

Another Debjyoti Saha artist from the group affirms that his works are a combination of mythically ancient attributes with new and modern concepts. He utilizes naturally gathered things namely leaves in works, uses traditional approaches and displays them with innovative visualisation. “Where I reside and what I see has given an extraordinary effect on my works. Things, materials and mediums I utilized are some way or another associated with my encounters.” Saha states. 

Artist: Tanushree Das

Tanushree Das, a visual artist from Bengal delightfully passes on her contemplations and thoughts into her compositions. She is a graduate in fine arts from the College of Visual Arts, Kolkata and what's more at a young age, she has figured out how to infuse the clouded verge of social traits with captative artistic paintings.

Using dark and earthy temperaments, her canvases portray the realities of her vision. The surrealistic style she blends with sensible figures gives her works more profundity and depth. 

Das's works esthetically reveal the gloomy side of society towards women, the unfair conduct she faces, and a blotch that remains on her consciousness throughout her life. she has dissected the social miss-happenings being done to females that might become agonizing encounters in later ages. The pressure of these episodes become more prominent than the joy of day-to-day existence, consequently, her artistic creations portray the deep, dark and traumatic phases of women experiencing suffocation because of it. “I want to convey through my painting the daily struggle of a woman” she quotes. 

Artist: Ishita Dasgupta

Artist from Kolkata, Ishita Dasgupta, began her artistic journey after a span of eight years in 2020 while being quarantined along with her sister in Mumbai when the pandemic hit humanity.  

Born and brought up in Kolkata, she currently works in Mumbai. She gathers her inspiration from nature being joined with its portrayal in existence and oscillation between macro and micro world. She frolics around with perspective and impression of time, dreams and notions to portray specific realities of life. Her works create special articulations while pulling the viewer to decipher the visual narrations. 

The artist proclaims “My works confluence of the elements serves as a tool to document mental health, preservation of nature and discord in the harmony between the current world, nature, the mind and the body.”Ishita's art constitutes painting along with traditional printmaking and steps towards the lane of contemporary abstraction. Using a variety of mediums, her works mainly specializes in Oil Pastels, Wood Cuts and Watercolors. “With only 9 watercolours, Two Acrylic paint bottles, and three brushes, I restarted painting depicting my thoughts and mind and feel unstoppable ever since.” Says the artist.

Moumita Sarkar

The show has been exhibited online and offline, benefitting a wide range of art enthusiasts to give a visit.

Text & Curated by

Moumita Sarkar

Press Release more details contact: + 91 9432 123 234   + 917439 119 228

Nippon Friday presents
Kolkata classic contemporary Art Show

You are cordially invited
- Moumita Sarkar

Dr. Somava Dutta I Tanushree Das I Arup Roy I Priyanka Sinha Deepsikha Das I Pallavi Saxena Debjyoti Saha I Priti Shaw I Nupur Mitra I Ipsit Roy Dibakar Das I Ishita Dasgupta I Sudipta Swarnaker Souvik Roy I Aparajita Gopal I Moumita Mosan I

Curated by Moumita Sarkar

Inauguration ceremony 8th March 5pm Venue: 8th March to 12 th March 2022

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