Pyne has always painted dream worlds, a world that "is only half articulate and leaves the rest to a strange eloquent silence." Using images from his childhood, religious iconography and the stories of the Bengali epics, he has created an oeuvre that is deeply private, resonant with myth and full of complexity.
An Enchanted Space : The Private World of Ganesh Pyne is being published on the occasion of one of the major solos of this seminal artist. The last book Ganesh Pyne – His Life & Times was published in 1998. It traced his early work – the maturing in the fifties and sixties, the anguished response to the Naxalite movement of the seventies. On the other hand The Enchanted Space focuses on his current work which possesses a new note of sombreness. It reaffirms Pyne’s position as one of the most profound and original artists in India today.
This book contains over fifty coloured illustrations.
About author - Prof. Sovon Som
Dr. Sovon Som, formerly Professor of History of Art and Dean of the Faculty of Visual Arts at Rabindra Bharati University, also taught at Visva-Bharati University, Havana University, Comenus University, Assam University. He has presented seminar papers on art at New York State University, Dhaka University, Chittagong University, Jordan University, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and other institutions abroad. Professor Som has guest-edited Lalit Kala Contemporary and the Rabindra Bharati Universtiy journals. He has authored a number of monograms on art and culture in English, Hindi and Bengali. He won the West-Benga State Akademi award in Visual Arts, 2002, for his contribution to History of Art. Professor Som lives and works in Kolkata.
Jogen Chowdhury's art has an iconic quality. His expression is universal yet strangely reminiscent of a Bengali spirit. Having been educated in both Kolkata and Paris, his art straddles effortlessly between the east and the west. Yet, Jogen remains resolutely individualistic. While imbibing the spirit of western modernism, he emerges with an application which is deeply rooted in his indigenous sensibilities. In course of over four decades of sustained contribution, Jogen emerges as one of the foremost artists of Post independent India. A dedicated teacher with a deep social commitment, Jogen’s art has inspired successive generations of Indian artists of the 1980s and 1990s.
This book captures some of Jogen's recent ideas, concerns and predilections. After several months of conscientious research, Rita Dutta provides a rare glimpse of his current vision. Her interview is incisive, sensitive and reflects the man, Jogen and his times.
Jogen Chowdhury : His Life and Times emerges as an indispensable book of reference for all researchers and scholars working on contemporary Indian art.
This book contains over sixty coloured illustrations.
About author - Rita Datta
Having secured her Masters degree in Modern History from Calcutta University, Rita Datta has been writing extensively on visual art for major publications in India. She is a regular contributor to The Telegraph, the highest selling English daily in eastern India. Among her important published works is ‘Art of Bengal – a vision defined’. Rita Datta is much respected as an art critic and lives and works from Kolkata.
One of the most exciting solo exhibitions held in Calcutta. With 38 pages of articles written by an eminent art historian and the artist himself; and with 32 color plates, this catalogue is a collectors item.
About author - Somnath Hore
This catalogue published in 1994, with its ten color art plates, are a visual testament of this artist's willingness to experiment and move away from a 'formula'. The drawings retain the energy of his previous works of stallions and demonstrate the rhythm of his lines.
About author - Sunil Das
Ganesh Haloi is well known for his ability to attain a great affect with simple means. His landscapes drawn with a deliberate interplay of geometrical shapes and lines, create a patterned ornamentation. The color art plates vividly show this fine artist at his most effective.
About author - Ganesh Haloi
This attractive folder would make a wonderful gift to a lover of art. It contains a set of six postcards of Paramjit Singh's landscapes and a booklet which carries an interview of the artist.
About author - Paramjit Singh
His Life and Times is of pioneering significance, both for art lovers as well as for art historians. The size of the book is 28.5cm x 25cm on matte finish art paper in hard cover and contains over 100 photographs in color.
About author - Ella Datta
An eminent art critic, Ella Datta
16 color plates show why Ms. Chakravarty is one of India's most exciting conceptual artists. The interview shows the contradiction within the artist and the color plates expose how dualities are inseparable. 6 pages printed on imported art paper. Soft cover.
About author - Jayashree Chakravarty
Paresh Maity was born in 1965 at Tamluk, a town of great antiquity with a remarkable heritage of terracotta art situated on the banks of the Rupnarayan river and located south-west of Kolkata. The riverscape with itd boats, its typical way of life, its vast expanse of water and sky, its lush green fields near the banks was an inherent part of his growing up years. Its memory pulsates through his blood stream. No wonder then that the first images of his that caught the popular imagination were crepuscular river scenes…..
About author - Paresh Maity
One cannot help but recall Turner’s Venetian Landscapes while interfacing Paresh Maity’s Venetian Odyssey. Paresh is a dedicated traveler as was Turner. He also maintains a visual travelogue in watercolour as did Turner. Turner was not a purist. He did not consider the use of body-colour as an illegitimate recourse. Paresh too is not a purist. But in his Venetian landscapes Turner as an academic successfully vindicated the English monopoly in the technique of handling the transparent hues. In his Venetian Odyssey, Paresh recorded the ethereal drama of the gleaming water-body beneath the splendorous sky that the picturesque Venice offered…..
About author - Paresh Maity
Born in a village in North Kerala, K.G.Subramanyan’s aesthetic sensibilities were first awakened by the wood carvings and the festivals of the local temple. Later, as a thirteen – year old Mahe, he discovered the work of modern Western and Indian artists through the issues of L’Illustration and The Modern Review he found at the local library. Inspired by these early experiences, he made drawings and carved small laterite sculptures. His intellectual interests also began to grow at this time…..
About author - K.G.Subramanyan
All visual arts are hieroglyphic and emblematic. Marcilio Ficino, the fifteenth century Neo-Platonist commented that, to signify divine mysteries, the Egyptian priests used the whole gamut of images of visual reality, the plants, the organic world, since God’s knowledge of things is not through the set of typography invented by men. They knew that hieroglyphic signals beckon the meaning instead of turning to the abstract typography. Images take us directly to the pristine Nature created by God…..
About author - Jaya Ganguly
Shreyasi is one of the most sensitive artists in India who is breaking new ground through her work. She believes, it is usually the woman who patches up things to accept, to mend, to secure and sustain, and thus has the ability to express a layered humanity and sensitivity. Shreyasi uses stitches to animate the surface and perhaps also to suggest the steps of human thought…..
About author - Shreyasi Chatterjee
Every child as he learns to relish colour pencils and crayons and brush must pour forth on paper or wall in the quaint, inimitable vocabulary of child art images of smiling suns and round-topped trees, distant hills and blue streams. Scenery, that is. Landscapes. Because, interestingly, these little landscape artists initiate a human endeavour: reducing to finitude what is essentially infinite – nature…..
About author - Paramjit Singh
For Paramjit Singh, the pathway is not merely a formal device to let the eye move from point to point and to separate the different field of colour. It is as mysterious and as beckoning as the ritual passage. And it is what gives character to his landscapes…..
About author - Paramjit Singh
Perhaps the single remarkable aspect of the art of Arpana Caur is its determined subjectivity, a palpable intention to articulate a language of personal dissent. Caur paints, as if in innocence, of the larger preoccupations of Indian art and its trajectories in the sphere of the modern and post-modern.....
About author - Arpana Caur
Yusuf is inspired by the present moment even as he explores the subterranean pure and the harmonious. In his paintings, the subtle forms are not merely juxtapositions nor do they furnish foregrounds or backgrounds but the spatial planes seem to carve out and shred the other, creating organic, spontaneous, more powerful appearances of felt reality. Stylistically he was inspired by the works of Paul Klee and in his own works have played with the meaning and impression of lines…..
About author - Yusuf
Any discussion on a practicing artist obviously remains open ended. And, more so about Arun Bose, a USA based Indian artist who frequents between easel painting and intaglio print and surpasses himself every time in his artistic potential. During the early sixties, Kolkata street urchins peopled his canvases. Their faces betraying hunger and poverty looked like masks made of bones and skins. Arun left India at an early age. This departure from the topographical moorings brought a change in his artistic vision…..
About author - Arun Bose
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. The human figures have been inspired by Vaikuntam’s memory of men and women in his village of Telengana. His women are strong, sensual and voluptuous, they are not insipid or self-effacing. His male forms suggest a calmness and sense of humour…..
About author - T.Vaikuntam