Saturday, May 26, 2012

Expressive visual language of Sumantra Mukherjee

Born in Kolkata, Sumantra Mukherjee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. His style of art is very unique. He usually does portraiture with distorted expressions and emotions with a streak of realism. His works are visually very impactful with a very strong ability to convey the masked emotions.

Sumantra has participated in various group exhibitions since 2002 and had his first solo show - CLOUD NINE in 2009. In the last couple of years his works have been exhibited in THE PRESENT IS NOW, curated by Peter Nagy, a initiative. EXTEND BEYOND curated by Manas Acharya in Studio 21 (initiative of CIMA Art Gallery) Kolkata.

Freedom, 78 x 58 in, Acrylic, oil bar, charcoal on canvas, Rs 1,00,000

This work is titled FREEDOM !

The artwork justifies the title in more than one ways. Firstly, it is just emotions let loose. A work, primary initiated in a stroke of insanity. The expression on the face is relaxed, still the emotions are so strong. Secondly, the numerics 1947 forming their shape through the curvatures of the face cuts are exemplary. 1947 is the year of freedom for all Indians!

Too see 26+1, 27 individual works arranged, 16.5 x 22 in each, Acrylic paint on paper board charcoal

The present body of works is grotesque depiction of faces.
This work titled 26+1 showcases the continually changing face of the society paralleled by desired and the undesired faces alike.

The work assembles the images of women in their vicious best. Surrounding it is the age old Hindu epitome of creation & destruction LORD SHIVA meditating, unaffected by all that is engulfing his calm presence. The pivotal placement of Lord Shiva makes us think as if he is contemplating his surroundings. Symbolically used there as the DEITY blessing women with desired male companions since time immemorial, the Lord here seems ironically undisturbed by the distractions around.

The placement is also characteristic of his unique omnipresent nature. It also highlights his being the ultimate creator and the destroyer. The title finds its meaning in the fact that Lord Shiva (1) leads the world (26) even while being a part of the group (26 + 1).

A critical analysis might render it as being too blatant and almost vulgar in its depiction of Lord Shiva surrounded by the opposite gender.

Shiv Kali, 78 x 108 in, Acrylic, oil bar on canvas

Cloud 9, 58 x 78 in, Acrylic on canvas

So basically, Sumantra's visual language deals with bright imaginaries with an expressionist attitude., being an incubation hotbed of young contemporary talent has successfully sold many phenomenal works of this exceptional artist.

The article is written by Shruti Singh, the manager of The thoughts and opinions expressed, entirely belongs to the writer.

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