THREE PAINTERS: DILEEP SHARMA, JAYANTA ROY & JAYA GANGULY
On view at Nature Morte for the month of July will be the work of three artists who explore divergent paths of the painted image.
Jaya Ganguly (born 1958) lives and works in Calcutta. She is one of the pre-eminent woman painters working in India today and has developed her own very personalized and independent style. Her canvases hover on the border between abstraction and figuration and explore expressionistic and even grotesque subjects. Her palette is reductive and refined (here, in three works, working only with browns, red, white and black), which brings a tribal affinity to her mask-like images and distorted forms.
Dileep Sharma (born 1974) lives and works in Mumbai. His paintings are large-scale works on paper, bold tones of watercolors that inhabit precise pen-and-ink outlines. On view will be works from his most recent series which takes as its subject matter action figures from the world of sports. Men and women, single and in teams, leap across the picture plane, twisting through space and energized by vivid colors. Sharma's works contemporize the traditional Indian miniature and update Pop Art for today's media-saturated landscape.
Jayanta Roy (born 1973) lives and works in Calcutta. His graphic equations are rendered in paint on canvas, combining iconic images into puzzles which conflate signs, representations and implied meanings. With a light touch and a sense of humour, the artist comments on the commodification of art objects, the manipulation of the artist's identity, the media's infatuation with celebrities, and the increasing similarities between politics and show business.
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