Albert D souza Reward Points : 33200 Member Since : Sunday, February 24, 2008
Indian galleries are flaunted by different kinds of paintings nowadays. There is no fixed pattern or medium to present a canvas. The painter s conscience speak about the painting he displays......Can we discuss about the contemporary painters of India and their respective style of art...????
Posted On : 4/10/2009 5:48:05 AM
Indravadan Modi Reward Points : 23300 Member Since : Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thanks for the post a distinct feature of the contemporary Indian artists is the subtle yet eminent employment of realism in paintings. In post-independence, realism has been used by many artists like artists like Anjolie Ela Menon, Yusuf Arakkal, Bikash Bhattacharya, Devajyoti Ray, Sunil Das, Shibu Natesan, Sanjay Bhattacharya and Dibyendu Bhadra. Among them the best known in the use of realist technique are probably Bikash Bhattacharya and his disciple Sanjay Bhattacharya.
Posted On : 4/10/2009 11:56:50 PM
Ratna Shah Reward Points : 16600 Member Since : Monday, April 07, 2008
This new 21st century style depicts realism in an exaggerated colors and ideas. Like Magic realism which was originally a literary style, hoever now being used in art also. seudo-realist Artists depict realistic everyday scenes or pure fantasies in abstract colour schemes and meaningless geometric shapes. Though approached in an abstract manner, the scenes in pseudo-realistic works remain comprehendible. In India a few artists who are experimenting with the idea, among whom Devajyoti Ray is significant. In Ray s works, bold colors akin to fauvist art or Gond tribal paintings are put flatly and yet they bring forth a three dimensional realistic effect.
Posted On : 4/11/2009 12:02:47 AM
Indu Tripathi Reward Points : 22900 Member Since : Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Impressionism as a genre of art had made made immense impact on the art of the Bengal School Artists. Influence of the impressionist school can be seen in the works of many of them like Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and Jamini Roy. Contemporary Artists outside bengal like Chugtai also shows works of impressionist nature. Later day artists like Akbar Padamsee and Jehangir Sabbavala also had important impressionistsic phases in their careers. The influence of cubist style in the works of some of the more contemporary artists is also seen. Souza, Tyeb Mehta s creation stands out in this regard
The renowned painter Ramananda Bandopadhyay also sculpts for his personal creative joy. Student of Nandalal Bose, it is questionable to assume Ramananda as being a direct descendant of the Bengal School Gharana. An individualist in spirit, he accepts certain values of the Bengal School namely search for beauty, lyricism, musicality etc. but stands apart in technicality and his robust, figural subject matters. With a superb control and mastery over line drawing, Ramananda exhibits extreme skill and caliber. He taught for many years at the Ramakrishna Mission School, Purulia, West Bengal, he finally retired as Director of the Museum and Art Gallery at Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture. Presently he resides and practices art in Calcutta. In Shreyasi Chatterjee s artwork the idiom a stitch in time, saves nine takes on a profound metaphorical meaning. Particularly, in the context of a woman s role as a wife, a mother and a private person. It is usually the woman who patches up things to accept, to mend for security or improvement. Thereby getting a layered humanity and sensitivity. She uses stitches to animate the surface and perhaps also suggest the steps of human thought. Says Shreyasi, At one level I m trying to appropriate the language of creative craft so that it assumes a metaphorical significance. Ms. Chatterjee s work is not only metaphorical, it also has architectural elements of a cityscape. The series titled Crossroads created by using ordinary Tant Bengal Cotton sari to denote asphalt and a variety of colourful fabrics and textiles. In the gas cylinder a floral printed textile is employed, showing that the energy of a household is in the kitchen and is feminine. Although Ms. Chatterjee s art pieces are deeply contemplative, they are also essentially celebratory. The references in Chintan s works to Bollywood, hoardings and advertisements is obvious and a conscious decision. His work confronts the viewer to look at himself forces us to confront our hypocracies about sex, our bodies, consumerism, thought and visual culture. The artist does this by using the language of advertisements, which sells products through selling sex. Yusuf completed his National Diploma in Fine Arts in 1974 from Gwalior, and National Diploma in Sculpture in 1978 from the same place. He has held several one man shows across the country, and has exhibited many a times in various group shows in India and abroad. He is honoured with various awards including the QINGDAO International Print Biennial of China & International Asian European Biennial, Turkey. He has been an active participant in several art camps across India. His works are a part of collection with various government institutions and several private collectors from India and abroad.
Posted On : 4/13/2009 3:58:47 AM
Ratri Basak Reward Points : 37600 Member Since : Thursday, December 13, 2007
Jitish Kallat s paintings incorporate modern technology and popular essentials like the photocopy machine. Born in Mumbai in 1974, Kallat graduated with a B.F.A. from the Sir J. J. School of Art. His works juxtapose the traditional symbol of an elephant with an abstract, photocopied representation of a monument. His images evolve out of texts and captions, well-known phrases and popular song titles. The close relationship between words, images, tradition and contemporary symbols, is central to Kallat s work. B. R. Panesar, Born 1963 - A good portrait makes us believe that we are acquainted with the sitter by such a criterion, Krishnamachari Bose s portraitures are successful. His portraits of two of India s more senior artist Raza and Kolte, are not only paying homage to these people who have made significant contribution to contemporary art. It is an exploration of many ideas and themes: mainly archiving, museumisation , in many ways working with memory, time and history. Through this series, Bose affirms that the Indian artistic form has undergone substantive changes since 1990s. Art practice wasn t confined to traditional painting or sculpture. Globalisation has undoubtedly contributed to this process. Bose brings about a reconciliation between opposites, in this case, painting photography design/art and sculptural assemblage Bose has worked comfortably with all these media and has painted in the abstract and figurative mode. These portraits compel us to reflect on the complex interaction between the subject, the artist, the viewer and the rendering of a period in history. A product of the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, Samir Aich has been exhibiting regularly in Calcutta and across India. His art currently borders abstraction and Aich uses unusual surfaces and media to express his creative thoughts, which are passionate, expressionistic and bold. He plays with dark colours with an organic overtone, powerful, scratching and emphatic dots, which together conjure a spectacular visual rendering, which is at once sensitive and powerful. Akhilesh received his art education in Indore. Akhilesh is one of the most talented artists in India, who has strong links to India s indigenous art traditions. His canvasses resonate with vibrating colours and intricate, linear patterns expressed with a contemporary sensibility. His paintings are quiet, filled with simple forms, colour and energy.
A. Balasubramaniam began life in a village in the outskirts of Madras. An accidental conversation in a train led him to the Government College of Fine arts, Madras. Journeys, rather than arrival points, would continue to resonate in his work. Now, less than 7 years later, Bala has travelled through several countries, staying for more than 6 months in 7 locations. Although Bala desists from drawing attention to the above, I believe his international experiences have allowed him to leapfrog trend that continue to engage his contemporaries. This brief period has spawned a significant and daring body of work that seems equally at comfort in sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. The materials employed vary in form and content, moving between, plaster, silkscreen prints and paper relief. And ideas seem to reach out like sepulchral plaster arms and bodies frozen in walls. There are big swipes being taken here, but there are strong threads that hold these works together. Sumitro Basak, the artist describes his work as a thin world created out of various shapes of varied colours and textures. Sumitro Basak creates an ambiguous world they are either true false realities or false true realities. His forms are constructed, collaged out of materials which are in their actual use, meant for celebratory purpose. However, the world the artist creates out of them are not about celebration it is filled with shadows. The fragments of paper suggesting a relationship to a fragment of a memory. Basak s people are amorphous forms, they change, and shift and activate spaces randomly. Much like children s art which is, one suspects, the language Basak is inspired by. But his training in formal art, ladens his work with rationality and multiple layers of interpretation although apparently simple in expression. There is a tension between what is seen and unseen, a sense of a lurking presence. In many ways these unfilled areas complete or add to the spatial complexity he creates this with minimal forms by making the empty spaces a part of the picture . Jyoti Bhatt is a product of Gujarat. He completed Diploma in Painting with Graphic Arts and Post Diploma Specialisation in creative painting from M.S. University of Baroda. Jyoti Bhatt s mission as a painter and a graphic artist is to preserve and to seek inspiration from the fast-disappearing folk art traditions of rural India. Since the Seventies, Bhatt, a member of the Group 1890, has been inspired by the colourful stylised motifs of cross-stitch embroidery, rangoli motifs and the use of traditional calligraphic ideograms from his native Saurashtra.
Posted On : 4/13/2009 4:03:20 AM
Jamal Aslam Reward Points : 34700 Member Since : Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Jaya Ganguly graduated from the Indian College of Art, Calcutta. Her works depict dream images which are mysterious and vibrant in colour. The figures are surreal, distorted and express a certain torment. She spent much of her childhood in the vicinity of the famous Kali Temple of Kolkata. In my early paintings the Mother Kali would appear sometimes as a person or the most ordinary women would resemble HER and even parody HER divine gestures says Jaya. ..the movement is away from emotional chaos to a balanced cosmos. Colours can still splinter, group and bond as sub-particles to create shapes that finally assume significance of form feels Jaya. She has participated in several prestigious projects in India and abroad. Uma Siddhanta, who choose to remain away from limelight, Uma is the first woman sculpture who graduated from the Government College of Art and Crafts, Calcutta in 1956. In 1957 her first large sized sculpture 10 feet high was installed in a public park in Calcutta. Uma Siddhanta acquired her basic skills from Phanibhusan Das, between 49-50. Later she learnt under Prodosh Dasgupta, her principal mentor. Uma works in several media ranging from wood, bronze to marble and mixed media as well. She designs jewellery for her own pleasure. An extremely sensitive artist Uma Siddhanta is a recipient of several national awards. Shakila s skill with which she finishes her collages is something to marvel at. She does not go for the textual richness and surface relief which motivated the cubists and the constructivists to introduce collage into their painting as a technical innovation. Nor is she, like pop artists, interested in the new syntaxing of whole printed images for inversion of meaning, although she does construct new images by assembling bits of already printed images. But, in the process, she totally changes the original. She only chooses strips of paper that have right hues, shades and tones, so she can give her images volume, and foreshorten them when required. Her experience of life is undoubtedly narrow, but her flights of vision often lead to surprising constructions. She created highly balanced designs with images of common place objects. Anupam Sud is trained at the Delhi College of Art and the Slade School of Arts, London, Anupam Sud s major contribution to contemporary Indian art has been as a graphic artist. Acknowledged as one of India s leading printmakers, Anupam is known for her finely crafted etchings. Her preoccupation is with human forms and their configuration within a highly demarcated space. It is this sensitive handling of space along with the use of powerful sculptural forms which creates an interesting link between the figures, resulting in prints which are visually provocative.
Posted On : 4/13/2009 4:05:36 AM
Siddharth Ray Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Hey friends....you have posted most of the artists names....however, I have some more to add....Here they go.............T. Vaikuntam is known for his paintings in tempera and water-colour on paper, which are deeply rooted in the rural Andhra soil of South India. His works are not large, some could even be described as miniatures. The figures, mostly of women, evoke the sense of earthy voluptuousness found in the mural and folk painting traditions of South India. On a flat two-dimensional surface, Vaikuntam s large figures occupy nearly all of the pictorial space and express a sense of monumentality. The painter achieves this with the use of controlled and fluid lines, juxtaposed with brilliant primary colours like red, green, yellow, dark brown and white. However, the artist s use of simple details like caste marks, gold jewellery, flowers and an occasional parrot give his paintings a distinctively Indian flavour. Anjum Singh is a promising young painter. She received her BFA from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, MFA from the Delhi College of Art and later went to USA on a scholarship to the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. Anjum has participated in several group exhibitions in New York, Washington D.C. and New Delhi. Her first solo exhibition was held at the Foundry Gallery, Washington D.C. As a painter, Anjum s work reflects the post-impressionist Matisean works of colour and form where blues-greens-oranges applied on flat two-dimensional pictorial space do not fuse into harmonious tonalities but maintain their own intense identities, clashing against one another and setting up a movement of their own. Anjum was awarded an internship in Costume Designing, Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. and received the 6th Yuva Mahotsava Award, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi. Baiju Parthan is an artist with a mythopoeic imagination. He has created a unique vocabulary based on the intriguing use of symbols and archaic imagery. A botanist by training and until recently a cartoonist with the Times of India Group of Publications in Bombay, Baiju is also a scholar of Comparative Mythology and Philosophy. All these diverse elements have had a great influence on him. Baiju s paintings express the numinous world of the primitive man, where the artist is the shaman, who through his ceremonial art communes with the world of magic - perhaps black magic. He creates compelling mythic imagery in black, with some blues and greens. The background is parchment brown, creating thereby an illusion of a medieval manuscript of some secretive magical cult. Having completed her Bachelor and Master s degree from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, Reshmi Bagchi Sarkar spent over two years studying at Saga University of Fine Art in Kyoto, Japan. She is proficient in Nihonga style of traditional Japanese painting. Reshmi is currently working on a rare mode of tempera painting made of crushed stones, semiprecious at times mixed with layers of plated silver and gold. In Reshmi s art the creative energy of mother Nature forms the central construct. She presents a feminine perspective which is sensitive and powerful. Her medium fits perfectly with her expression layered, soft and sensitive. She comments silently on man s systematic destruction of the positive forces of Nature and Civilization. Reshmi lives and works from Santiniketan. Anju Dodiya s expressions can be interpreted as being autobiographical. But her works go beyond that, and reflect the conflicts of womanhood as experienced by the artist. In Ms. Dodiya s work there is always one female figure represented in a male or dominant posture giving her conflicts another dimension. The sensitivity of her paintings is not shadowed by any socio-political-isms, and is achieved by her skilled control over her medium. Ms. Dodiya explores the dimensions within human relationship. Educated at the J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, Anju Dodiya has evolved to be primarily a water colourist, but equally adept with acrylic and canvas. Bikash Bhattacharjee is recognised as India s leading painter in the western realist and surrealist tradition. He is acclaimed for his ability to juxtapose the real with the unreal, creating thereby in his works, a world of haunting and hypnotic imagery. Born in Calcutta, Bikash lost his father as a child and the consequent struggle for survival left him with a deep sense of insecurity as well as an empathy for the under-privileged, who often feature in his works. Bikash has lived in Calcutta all his life. Through his paintings, he depicts the life of the average middle-class Bengali - their aspirations, superstitions, hypocrisy and corruption, and even the violence that is endemic to Calcutta. Bikash has complete control over all mediums - oil, acrylic, water-colour, conte and collage. His ability to penetrate and portray the inner psychological undercurrents makes him one of India s most powerful contemporary artists.
Posted On : 4/13/2009 4:09:00 AM
Chetan Juneja Reward Points : 55000 Member Since : Monday, April 28, 2008
Hello all.. i once happened to visit a solo exhibition of paintings held by Arun Goswami on at Chitrakoot Art Gallery last year. Arun Goswami had passed Diploma in Fine Arts from Govt. College of art and Craft in 1984. He got West Bengal State Govt. Award in 1985 & 1986, All India Youth Art Exhibition, Kolkata in 1987. well, most pf the paintings stood as the representation of realism naturalistic ally by extreme symbolism. I found him an accomplished portrait painter. HE DWELLS ON THE FIGURATIVE ELEMENTS OF FORMS WHILST PLACING THEM IN THE VOID OF CANVAS, accomplishing sense of helplessness His allegorical works represents social consciousness in the world of fantasy. Arun Goswami also creates a world of surrealism.
Posted On : 4/13/2009 4:13:44 AM
Anju Malhotra Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Contemporary Paintings of India depicts the country in many hues furious, bold and rapturous at one end, soft and magical at the other. Modern India is a kaleidoscope of colors, and her able painters display those very colors that make India the country that it is, most vividly. Imageries are literal and the themes forceful and relevant. No wonder that today Indian artists are much respected and revered around the world. One can see in Contemporary Paintings of India the use of techniques from all over the world to convey Indian experiences and sensibilities. The most admirable quality of these paintings is that they show a keen awareness of the conditions around them while not forgetting their legacy. The themes of Contemporary Paintings from India are both potent and rooted. The Artists come across as responsible proponents of ideas and not just Painters of pretty pictures. If one has to choose a single word to describe Contemporary Paintings of India it has to be eclectic. Some important Contemporary Indian Artists: India has a galaxy of successful and well-appreciated painter. Each and every one of them displaying body of works, which can be considered a genres by themselves. If M.F.Hussain delights us with his lines, Bikash Bhattacharya has the colors of dawn and dusk in his palette. Anjolie ela Menon has delighted art lovers around the world with her aural paintings. Listed below are some of these stalwarts: Maqbool Fida Hussain is one of India s best-known painters, and indeed one of the highest paid too. His works first caught attention when he was a young man in his twenties today he is considered the grand old man of Indian Paintings. Magbool Fida Hussain s rags to riches story is stuff legends are made of. He started off by paintings cinema hoardings and continued to do so until his works were displayed for the first time in Bombay. After that there was no looking back. Hussain went on to become the highest paid painter in India and some of his works have fetched as much as 2 million dollars at Christies Auction. His series on horses and actress Madhuri Dixit, are some of his best known works. Anjolie Ela Menon Gayatri Sinha says of Anjolie Ela Menon that - Her panoply of figures, as they appear, signify non-space and non-time Like a wanton fabulist, Menon brings accretion, division, conjunction to play upon the conventional image . Menon insists on the location of the past in the present. Her painting argues against cultural amnesia. Indeed Anjolie Ela Menon transcends the barriers of past and present with remarkable and almost poetic ease. Menon in her paintings creates an India, which is rich and colorful, and yet questioning of the static state of equation. Her work has garnered unanimous respect from different art circles of the world. Bikash Bhattacharya Bikash Bhattacharya is essentially a painter of women. His appreciation of female beauty is best depicted in his portraits. A versatile artist he experiments with his mediums- oil on canvas, tempera, oil on board, pastels on board, watercolor, crayon and pencil. His Calcutta landscapes capture the city in many moods he is well known for his predilections for forms. Most of his images are established in terms of tones rather than lines. Realism is his forte. Another interesting aspect of his paintings is that he creates characters rather than just images. Bikash Bhattacharya and his works have brought many laurels to the Indian artists fraternity.
Posted On : 4/14/2009 12:11:42 AM
Prerna Gupta Reward Points : 17400 Member Since : Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Indian art is of great vital importance in accordance to its culture and heritage. Art is of various types and it changes its style of expression in the hands of different painters in relation to the changing time. Presently modern and abstract art is in high demand not only in India but abroad also. Modern form of painting is the result of the experimentation that the stalwarts of art had initiated. Abstract forms on canvases give a liberating spree to the beholder s soul and hook the mind to gauge the meaning. Here lies the enchantment for the mysterious and this gives zest to the devotees of painting. Painters trap the mystery loving quest in the audience and create exalted examples of painting. Know with the help of the following sites about the modern painters of India and their pieces of vision
Sanat Chatterjee is a prominent contemporary Indian artist and one of the last living masters of Bengal school of art. he has created many pieces in various mediums, including the world s longest silk painting. Sanat Chatterjee is a painter and sculptor known for his exceptional detailing abilities and ambrosial compositions.
Posted On : 4/14/2009 10:26:40 PM
Sudha Reward Points : 100 Member Since : Wednesday, July 08, 2009
It is not Realism. Pseudorealism is new style. In Pseudorealism, realism is depicted through abstract colours scheme, meaningless geometric shapes. Devajyoti Ray is the only artist who is doing these works with maturity. as for the other artists whom you have mentioned, they are mostly realists of semi-realists. let us not confuse between the Pseudorealism and Realism
Art has encountered a major change over the years.Today especially in India,a nexus has been formed wherein,certain select artists,collectors and failed artists or critics turned gallerists,are lobbying hard for each other in a growing Indian art market. Many upcoming and talented artists,are being marginalised or ignored despite their extraordinary abilities.Where money is, will always be found a mafia sort of situation.Artists especially the established ones,are afraid to showcase their works alongside the works of newcomers all around. Gallerists off course are a dying breed today.What with buyers opting to buy directly from the artist himself,thus saving themselves a whopping 40%in gallery comissions.But the gullible are still their victims,the usual words of gallerists are, You should buy from a reputed gallery,or I get such number of calls for this and this artist . In reality who certifies these galleries in any case,and what yardstick do we use to judge them?The artists they are supposed to be getting calls for,are to get rid of unsold works gathering dust with no takers.Works that have been hawked around like a ferrywalla for months or years without having found any suitor.These gallerists and artists, usually get promoted by articles in the media,written by people who do not know the subject at all. Our artists too are no longer like the artists of the past.They today are not into the art of true creativity and conception,instead into execution of techniques,tying them into knots in some form of skilled manual labour.It s high time this current scenario changes and artists begin to see the reality behind the true personality of an artist. Depicting Gods or Godesses in nude avatars,or denigrating their beings in a derogatory manner,exposes an intrinsic failure on the part of a true artist.A failure of such proportions to deem him unfit for the title of artist,and this is what he or she needs to keep in mind when embarking on his freedom of expression. Regards, Princefreakasso Artist and Poet