India Art Fair, 2020

INDIA ART FAIR | JAN 30 – FEB 2, 2020 | LITERATURE AND WORK LABELS
EMAMI ART | GALLERIES | CONCEPT

Emami Art’s booth at IAF 2020 will present a wide-ranging selection of artworks by eminent artists of national and international stature whose works feature in important collections worldwide. The focus of the presentation is on figurative contemporary idioms. The Emami Art booth will be presented in different groupings to highlight the work of several Bengal artists who work in representational and non-representational genres. This year the subject is to communicate in a more simplistic manner with a new contemporary approach while introducing new artists who have not shown previously in the India Art Fair.

PROPOSED ARTISTS -

JOGEN CHOWDHURY

Jogen Chowdhury is a leading artist of our times. Born at Faridpur, Bangladesh, 1939, Chowdhury graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, West Bengal, in 1960.

It was after returning from France in the late 1960s that Chowdhury developed his individual style. Always a powerful artist, Chowdhury’s forte is painting in ink, watercolour and pastel. A favourite largely for his line drawings with ink, he explores the soft curves and angularities of contorted bodies using ink combined with pastels. Chowdhury freely uses the technique of crosshatching in his ink and pastel works. This has become the most discernible feature of Chowdhury’s style. He constructs volume by modulating light and shade and uses cross-hatching to develop an illusion of middle tonalities.

His works are in collection of museums and also part of private collections in India and abroad.

Jogen Chowdhury lives and works out of Calcutta, Santiniketan and New Delhi.

ARUNIMA CHOUDHURY

Born at Siliguri, North Bengal in 1950. Arunima Choudhury holds a five years’ diploma in Fine Arts (Paintings) from Indian Art College, Calcutta, West Bengal.

Her organic water-colour on handmade papers are hinged on multiple sensibilities. Her works explore the mediums with an incessant spirit of discovery, celebrate life in its nascent forms and embrace the vulnerability of existence like power of sustenance. Female figures, flora and fauna in her works emerge from a world steeped in deep faith. Faith in empathy, faith in tenderness – despite the lurking shadows from all darkness around. Arunima refuses to allow the menacing shadows to take over. She keeps on creating with the flow of light. Executed with impeccable sense of tonality, the figures in their silent composure evoke a sense of tranquillity immersed in light. However, light in its pure unadulterated form also carries melodies of sorrow under its wings. Often, Arunima’s paintings seem to be the wings of light. The enchantment of life is very subtly accompanied by the lullabies of pathos.

Her work is in collection of the Museum of Bengal Modern Art, Arts are Foundation, Kolkata; Seagull Foundation for Arts, Kolkata; CIMA, Kolkata and many private collections in India and abroad.
Arunima resides and works out of Calcutta.

G RAVINDER REDDY

Born at Suryapet, Andhra Pradesh in 1956. G. Ravinder Reddy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture), in 1980, and a Master of Fine Arts (Creative Sculpture) from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1982.

The first striking feature you notice about Reddy’s sculptures are the eyes–wide-eyed, bold and sensual. The second is a sense of familiarity, not mythical creatures but common day images of women who sell fish and vegetables, students going to college and women on her way to work. His work is Indian in flavour but seeps with a global appeal. Reddy’s iconic work–The Head–encapsulates the quintessential Ravinder Reddy. It reflects Reddy’s own personality which is replete with calmness, coupled with a strength to live and work without bowing to society. His work revelled in the fusion of contemporary pop art and Hindu sculptural tradition. This fascinating trait spurred his national and international success.

His works are in collection of many museums and also part of private collections in India and abroad.

G Ravinder Reddy resides and works out of Visakhapatnam.

ARINDAM CHATTERJEE

Born in 1972. Arindam Chatterjee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at Government Art College, Kolkata 1995 and post diploma (Painting) from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal in 1997.

Arindam Chatterjee proposes a powerfully imaginative vision of the world, and humankind’s place and destiny within it. His works introduce us to devastated landscapes or austerely delineated spaces of captivity or quarantine. In Chatterjee’s idiom of figuration and his emphasis on the fundamental woundedness of humankind, may discern the ancestral presence of Somnath Hore. Not only Chatterjee demonstrate a willingness to address and articulate such grand philosophical and existential themes as melancholia, isolation and oppression, but he has also developed a sophisticated array of artistic strategies to shape his ideas and images into compelling and persuasive visual proposition.
His work is in collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and many private collections in India and abroad.

Arindam resides and works out of Calcutta.

TAMAL BHATTACHARYA

Born at Calcutta, West Bengal in 1974. Tamal Bhattacharya holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Paintings) from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal in 2001 and Master of Fine Arts from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2003, specializing in murals.

Tamal is said to be the only artist in the country who has blended canvas and ceramic relief work and formed interesting three-dimensional objects of art which also qualify a utility and decorative items.’ Gods and Goddesses also form an integral part of his ceramic sculptures. He takes his inspiration from nature, happening of everyday life and mythology. The inspiration also pours out of my subconscious self, that can establish a communion with the divine world. We all know that Bengal has always been a treasure trove of folk art in diverse form, which found expression in almost every conceivable item of life in earlier days. Tamal is deeply influenced by the Bengal folk art, where his forms and motifs have shaped up from the architectural forms of terracotta temples to express his sentiments and emotions. Tamal passionately wish to continue his search to create new dimensions.

His artworks are part of important collections in India and abroad.
Tamal lives and works out of Calcutta.

SOMA DAS

Born at Calcutta, West Bengal in 1979. Soma holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) and a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta in 2009.

Soma has adopted the pictorial format of the Indian miniature traditions, but has charted a fresh course by incorporating idiomatic characteristics of her contemporary concerns. Through the elegant refinement of spatial arrangement of the figural motifs within the teeming activity of her picture space she has brought forward the narrative by the assimilation of delightful contrasts of colours and patterns. Such heightened sensitivity is significant and gives an account of the richness of her language. It is an observation and application of the ‘faith’ that Soma has inherited and appropriated through her medium of choice which celebrates a simple earthiness injected with satire and wit and at times a fantasy which is infectious. This is a construct of an urban tradition where the cultural identity is strongly reinforced.

Her artworks are part of important collections in India and abroad.
Soma lives and works out of Calcutta.

BHOLANATH RUDRA

Born at Calcutta, West Bengal in 1984. Rudra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from The Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Calcutta and a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta in 2013.

When the proliferation of a multifaceted phenomenon in the form of globalism opened up borders, the idea of provincial or regionalism came to be questioned within this changing order that invaded our circumstances from the 90s decade onwards. Bholanath Rudra who began his art practice and emerged from the first half of the 21st century came to be confronted with these models of global expanse. As a result, the pillars of concretization have dismantled the natural order and brought about a new classification which Bholanath projects through the unorthodox fetishization of certain figural motifs making them deliberately ephemeral. The delicate layers of watercolour, a medium he seems to be at ease with, is applied to heighten the sense of vanishing bygone and advent of the new. The paintings appear to put forward a map visualizing the changing course of geopolitics. This is the argument that he puts forth through his works, thus reinforcing the questions of local concerns, histories and identities.

His artworks are part of important collections in India.
The artist resides and works out of Calcutta.