“There are no hidden stories or complexities in my works,” states artist Sumantho Choudhury. True to his saying, the exhibition ‘Transformation’ being held at Shrishti Art Gallery in Jubilee Hills is self-explanatory. Each frame is a riot of colours and gives meaning to his expression. Every image is like opening to a new world with serene and peaceful environs. The artworks have a fascinating door in a prominent place on the canvas and they open to a quiet world showcasing a cluster of simple and bright tiled houses and a beautiful landscape in the background. “The door is like my space and it opens to the outside world. Whatever I see and observe, I paint. I don’t replicate it but tell it in my own way with my works” says the artist.
Working as a background artist in DQ Entertainment and living in Gachibowli, Sumantho says he seeks solitude in art. “I shut myself off from the city life, go off to a farm house in Nizampur village and paint,” he says. The images show the transformation in a village from small huts to buildings and each frame is colour coded.
“I like villages and their tranquil nature. The houses look beautiful and are decked up. Even the windows have a decorative look,” he says. One cannot miss the Mughal miniature work on a design or his ode to Portuguese architecture after his one month stay in Goa.
He has used cardboards and drawn on them which gives a three dimensional effect. The colour palette is vibrant and interestingly red is his favourite colour which is repeated in most of the images. “Red has a fantasy feel to it,” he says.
When there is a Bengali artiste, can Durga maa be behind. On display are a few pieces of goddess Durga carved out of wood by Sumantho. The artist has participated in group and solo exhibitions and considers veteran artist Laxma Goud his teacher.
The exhibition is on till Septemer 2.