State University of New York at Buffalo, 1979
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris
I spent many years , 1977-'88, in Nigeria teaching art in two universities at Owerri and Port Harcourt. My days in India and Europe as student and travellor found another meaning with my experience in Africa. In fact, I returned to India to explore the wider range in art - in painting, writing and with Video Art. I continued my observations with the folk, specifically the tradition of Scroll Paintings in Bengal as a special interest. Folk, as I found in Africa and India gives me a sense of an alternative language, diffrent from the ongoing global trend.
Nevertheless, in my painting, although folk is a part, I have an accent with the history, my visual impact with the written past - the old scripts as a form. Scripts, the pictographs, are man made art. The shapes are merged in continuous cultural transformations and each time scripts are re-shaped in a new language. Scripts to words, they are in silent zone, communicating into a distal past or future. The spoken words are immediate, scripts are contempletive. In script s and words man became continuous. i thought this could be my painting. I just thought like that.