Art Musings opens their 2016 edition of Quarto on 8 June 2016 with a group exhibition featuring 4 renowned artists, Ajay De, Samir Mondal, Lalu Prasad Shaw and Nandan Purkayastha showcasing recent paintings
Ajay De’s works are easily identified by his trademark use of charcoal, interspersed with a dash of red or blue. His use of light is masterful; the mood of the work is evocative and enigmatic. His unusual technique, involving the delicate use of fingers, thumb and the palm add a stunning effect to the artworks.Samir Mondal’s bold striking watercolors are radiant in their rendering. Mondal has incorporated the inherent quality, richness and substance of the medium of oil, and has developed textures and structural features into his watercolor works giving them vitality and depth.Lalu Prasad Shaw's work is notable for its smooth synthesis of disparate stylistic elements to produce a simple, yet sophisticated result. He is known widely for his highly stylized portraits of Bengali women, laying the most emphasis on his subject’s physical characteristics. Shaw’s works, mainly executed in gouache or tempera, are simple and graceful, having a very still, well-composed and smooth exterior. Nandan Purkayashtha’s monochromatic drawings are full of detail and dimension. The artist uses pen and ink to create expansive spaces rich in mythological and historical references. Patterns are deftly overlaid, giving the drawings the tactility and texture of fabric. The fine spiral pattern drawing inter-relates all the elements in the works giving them a unique complexity.
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