Sudhangsu Bandyopadhyay, whose career in art spans over four decades. At a time when the Art in India was quite nascent, he had taken his artworks to many places outside India and held as many as 30 solo shows in UK, Australia, Germany and innumerable cities within India. Over the past four decades, he remained committed to his style. In terms of rendering, he is an old school artist and one may find his works exuberating the old world charm which is in these days is quite rare. A deserted sea shore with a few shelved boats, a convoluted road moving through a Bengal village, landscapes that have been abstracted to give only an impression. In use of sudden vibrant colours, he reminds one of the fauvist ways with nature.
In his earlier days, Sudhangsu Bandyopadhyay used to do more of a landscape which over the years has given place to semi-abstraction. Yet it is difficult to find a clear pattern of thought and one is surprised with his sudden burst of colours, youthful brush strokes, and asymmetrical division of space. Some of the paintings is this series are painted in very limited colours giving a very somber impression while there are other works which are vibrant and youthful. An eclectic mix from an artist whom you cannot categorize and yet someone who demands your unfailing attention.
S Pranam Singh is very well known disciples of Legendry Bikash Bhattacharya. He cannot be categorized strictly. He had started as a realist-surrealist artist almost in the style of the former and it had brought him immense recognition at a time when the art in India was still in its infancy and there were only a handful of good galleries.
However, Pranam Singh was always much different from the artists of his generation and had remained always in the forefront of active art practice. Along with many other artists, he held more than hundred shows all over India and some even outside the country. When he could form groups, he organized camps and held group shows and when no one came his way, he held solo shows. And it is the result of that relentless effort made over a career spanning almost thirty years that today, he is a recognized name in the Indian art world.
Over the past thirty years, Pranam Singh has changed his style many a times and experimented with many new ideas and metaphors. Yet one can never miss the essential qualities of his works ever-realistic figures etched out of fantasies, bold brush strokes, use of chiaroscuro and limited highlighting of a few colours. It is a style that has been honed over many years. The present exhibition of his recent works reflects the same seriousness and devotion. One can also perhaps trace the maturity of the artist and the organic unity of the themes explored in these beautiful works. Yes, beautiful is the word that best suit them, undoubtedly.
It is difficult to categorize V Nagdas into any specific genre and the artist also never bothered to stick to any particular style for very long. While his initial works were more figurative, he later abandoned figures to get to almost scenic abstractions only to return once again to figures. The metaphoric values of his works also changed from time to time. Sometimes his works can be found to lean more towards cubism and other western styles and sometimes more towards Indian motifs. One can similarly see an amazing range of colour palettes. The sheer range of medium that he has experimented with is also equally interesting. From painting with acrylic to pure oil works, to etching. V Nagdas has done them all.
As a professor himself, V Nagdas has many illustrious students who still come to him for advice and guidance. He is an immensely inspiring man and has organized many art camps, curate shows, held exhibitions and expounded ideas about contemporary art. Unlike many others, Nagdas has never differentiated between art practice and art pedagogy. Indeed they are both an integral part of his life.
The present exhibition however showcases only his recent works: paintings and etchings and drawings, each of which is thoughtfully sparse in hues and detailed in strong lines. Each works require seeing and pondering; in one look, the hidden ideas may not get revealed.