Explores the diverse concerns of ten talented artists presently in their post graduation final year in various art colleges in Bengal.
April 13 - May 8, 2021
EA – Locus in Focus presents Imaginarium, its first Open Call exhibition featuring the recent work of Poojan Gupta, Enjamul Islam, Akshay Maity, Tufan Pramanik, Pathik Sahoo, Amar Deashi, Santanu Debnath, Gayatri Halder, Deepak Poulose and Skarma Sonam Tashi, the ten selected young artists who are presently doing their Master’s in various art colleges in Bengal. EA – Locus in Focus, a series of programs that engages with the region through exhibitions, seminars, events, workshops, publications and more, hopes to encourage critical practices and strategic and constructive collaboration encompassing a wide range of possibilities. The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a professional platform for the young artists to launch their career and also to create a dialogue between different approaches and ideas of contemporary art, in which the local communities - place, people and imagination – play the vital roles.
The artworks on display show a wide range of materials and approaches, exploring diverse concerns, the relationship between the aesthetic and quotidian in our everyday life. Poojan Gupta’s work is a case in point, revealing the art’s mnemonic and sensory connections to familiar objects and visual experiences. There is a theatricality in her highly formalist approach, an emphasis on the situation and lived experience rather than universal values of art. Amar Deashi’s bold, highly colourful paintings are rich in fantasy and satire. The village life is central to Santanu Debnath’s paintings. Instead of representing the village as a distant, languid, romantic place, he rather depicts it as the fragments of everyday rural narratives characterized by community life and closeness to nature, as well as loneliness, sensuality and humour. Gayatri Halder’s work was inspired by the lockdown episode. The delicate designs created by piercing the papers with needles show her feminism and the subtlety of her craftsmanship. Tufan Pramanik’s lonesome, melancholic urbanism both contrasts and complements Deepak Poulose's detailed, imaginary and vibrant canvases. The three-dimensional work of Pathik Sahoo and Skarma Sonam Tashi show their playful imagination and skills in handling unconventional materials. The two sculptors in the show, Akshay Maity and Injamul Islam, are more different than similar. Although both of them are highly skilled, Injamul’s complex figuration and narrative approach stand in sharp contrast to Akshay’s relatively simpler, formal approach to sculpture.
The exhibition is not solely concerned with the present, the current discourse and the situation of the art world. A space of spectacle and dialogue, it invites us to see not only what has been achieved and accomplished so far, but also what is imminent in many artworks as hopes and possibilities.
Born in West Medinipur, West Bengal, 1996, Akshay Maity earned his Bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), Kolkata, 2019 and is pursuing MFA in the same discipline at the same university. He has participated in Abir First Take, Annual Show Ahmedabad (2019); Annual Exhibition, West Bengal State Academy, and RBU Annual Exhibition and his talent have also been recognized with awards.
Akshay lives and works in Kolkata.
Born in West Bengal, 1995, Amar Deashi earned his Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship (ICAD), Kolkata and is presently pursuing an MFA at the Government College of Art and Craft (GCAC), Kolkata. He has participated in several exhibitions, including Kochi Student’s Exhibition (2021); Following the Stroke, KCC, Kolkata (2021); 53rd Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata (2020); Annual Exhibition in ICAD (2018-2019) and GCAC (2020); among others. He has also taken part in many art workshops, mostly in West Bengal.
Amar Deashi lives and works in Kolkata
Born in Thrissur, Kerala, 1994, Deepak Pouluse, presently a student of painting, Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, did his Bachelor’s degree from the Government Fine Arts College, Thrissur, Kerala and a three-year course in Multi-Media and Animation. He has participated in the Kochi Muziris Student’s Biennale (2021); the State exhibition at Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi (2010); International Art Fest, IGNCA, Delhi (2018); among many others. He has also taken part in many national art residencies and workshops and received scholarships, grants and awards, including K. Karunakaran Student’s Scholarship, Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, Shrishti, American India Foundation Grant (2020); Special Mention Award, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy (2010); and PDAF special merit grant in painting
Born in Bahirgora, West Bengal, 1997, Enjamul Islam earned his Bachelor’s degree in sculpture painting from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan and is pursuing MFA in the same subject at the same university. He has participated in 32nd National Youth Festival (2017); 5th Annual Young Artist’s Exhibition (2017), SSVAD,
Santiniketan; 26th Ravi Jain Annual Exhibition at Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi (2017); SAUFEST, Ganapat University, Gujrat (2018); among others. His talent has been recognized in many of the exhibitions.
He lives and works in Santiniketan.
Born in Harin Danga, South 24 Pargana, West Bengal, in 1995, Gayatri Halder did her Bachelor’s in painting at Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), Kolkata and is presently pursuing MFA in the same discipline at the same university. She has participated in many exhibitions, “Choto Moto”, Kolkata (2020), KCC Art Festival, Kolkata (2019), Charukala Annual Festival, Kolkata (2019); 53rd Birla Academy of Art and Culture Annual Exhibition, Kolkata (2019), ICCR Annual Exhibition, Kolkata (2020)’ Kochi Muziris Student’s Biennale, Kerala (2010); Tagore International Exhibition of painting, Bhopal (2020); Mojarto on Art Fair, New Delhi (2020); among many others. She has received several grants and awards, including Shrishti Artist Grant (2020); National Best Entry Prize for drawing and pastel work, Camel Art Foundation (2017), NCP award, ICAG (2017); merit scholarships in RBU Annual Exhibition (2019) and ICCR Annual Exhibition, Kolkata (2010).
She lives and works out of Kolkata.
Pathik Sahoo earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), where is now pursuing his Master’s in Printmaking. He has received awards from RBU and the Academy of Fine Arts and recently from Kalashakshi. He has exhibited his work widely and participated in several group exhibitions.
Pathik Sahoo lives and works in Kolkata
Born in Rajasthan, Poojan Gupta did her Bachelor’s in painting at the IIS University, Jaipur in 2015 and is presently pursuing a Master’s in painting at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. She also took training in Graphic Design and Applied Art. She has participated in many exhibitions, including Bombay Art Society’s 129th Annual Art Exhibition, Mumbai (2021); in Creations and Expressions of Lockdown (online), organized by Shanker Art Foundation (2020); Annual All India Fine Arts Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (2020) and 7th Young Santiniketan Artists Exhibition, SSAVD, Santiniketan (2020). A fine painter, graphic designer and photographer, Poojan’s work has been widely recognized and she has won several awards, such as the Gold Medal in 8th Annual Competition and Exhibition, Agnipath, New Delhi (2018) and Bronze Medal in International Painting Competition and Exhibition, Pranav Theatre, Shimla (2018).
Born in Betpukur, a village in Bardhaman, West Bengal in 1995, Santanu Debnath did his Bachelor’s in Painting from Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), Kolkata and is presently pursuing MFA at Government College of Art and Craft (GCAC), Kolkata. He was the subject of the solo show at Nippon Gallery, Mumbai (2020). He has participated in ICAD Annual Exhibition, Kolkata (2015-2018); group show in the Institute de Chandannagar, Hoogly (2017); West Bengal State Academy, Kolkata (2018-19); KCC Art Fair (2019); GCAC Annual Exhibition (2019-2021); among others. He has won Gita Das Award, GCAC Annual Exhibition (2019) and Certificate of Merit in West Bengal State Academy Annual Exhibition (2018-19). He is the recipient of the prestigious Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Scholarship (2020-2021).
Santanu Debnath lives and works in Kolkata
Skarma Sonam Tashi
Born in Ladakh, India, 1997, Skaram Sonam Tashi did his BFA in painting from the Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Jammu University, J&K, India and is presently pursuing MFA in the same discipline at Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. he has taken part in many art camps and exhibitions, including the online exhibitions at Sanskar Bharti, Gorakhpur and Eco-Aware Art gallery (2020); in Live Painting Mela, organized by Govt. College for Women, Pedre, Jammu and Buddha Art Gallery (2018); National Level Printmaking Workshop, Jammu (2018); among others.
He lives and works in Ladakh and Santiniketan.
Born in Gangrai, South 24 Pargana, 1994, Tufan Pramanik is presently doing his Master’s in painting at Rabindra Bharati University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the same university and has participated in several exhibitions in Kolkata, including Birla Academy Art and Culture Annual Exhibition (2020, 2019); State Academy Annual Exhibition (ICCR) (2019 and 2020); Charukala Annual Exhibition (2018, 2019); among others. He was awarded for his work exhibited in Rabindra Bharati University’s student’s Annual Exhibition and Charukala Annual Exhibition, both in 2019.
Tufan lives and works in Kolkata, South 24 Pargana.