The two driving basic instincts of human commonly known as ‘Eros’ and ‘Thanatos’ which had been theorized by Sigmund Freud in the beginning of the 20th century has remained to be an apt subject among the creative minds since ages and artists of all generations have in some way or the other acted and reacted to delve into this aspect of life and living is his/her own way. Dipak Kundu’s works surely make us intrigued to be face-to-face with the human instinct of life, love and sexuality on one hand and the instinct of death and aggression on the other hand.
The combination of the two as the reflection of each other make Kundu’s paintings in acrylic on canvas a breeding space of the human psyche exploring the dichotomy of male-female relationship in its different dimensions. In Kundu’s paintings, the figurative and the semi-figurative elements form imagery where one image stands as the reflection of the other in a symbolic way. The artist uses his skill, knowledge and wisdom to portray the social construct of the Yin and Yang concept transcending the limitations bound by the societal code of conduct. He rather elevates the human erotic urge to the plane of the ‘divine union’ where the broader message expressed is of the mystification of ‘true love’ which is bound by nothing worldly and materialistic forms.
Tales from Indian mythology, epics and folklore have acquired the basis of dealing with the narrative that eventually gets built up in Kundu’s works. The indigenous aspect of his paintings both in the content and in the treatment level make the works more identical to the viewers as well as more apt of their times. Dipak Kundu is a professional painter who has done Post Graduation in Fine Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and has shown his works in different places in India as well as in abroad. Aakriti Art Gallery looks forward to put a series of his works at display in its gallery premises.