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Cerebral structures

Somenath Maity's works are a pure celebration of colours and forms

There is a creative tension in Maity's works, enhanced by crisscrossing lines and slashes.

LIKE MANY abstractionists, Somenath Maity, a prominent artist from Bengal, is passionate about exploring the formal elements of painting such as colour and form. As he fills his canvases pictorially with flat but brightly-tinged geometric shapes, his images acquire meaning and order, even though they seem to be set in a somewhat chaotic milieu. His chosen theme for delineation relate to urban structures, where the artist blends colour, contour and construct of his images with elements of abstraction. "I feel the vibration of an abstraction," says Maity, as he soaks his paintings with red, blue, brown, black and olive green colours.

Heart of city

Maity's strong, well-structured and forcefully-held compositions recognise that buildings and edifices form the conceptual heart of any city. In creatively interpreting these structures, Maity portrays them as imposing towers, jutting out against a dramatic, multi-hued sky and moonlit horizon. Surrounded by translucent walls of tinted glass with silhouetted outlines, their recurrent patterns stand in graceful solitude, as if the cacophonous day is finally settling into a soft and somber twilight. There is often perceptible creative tension, enhanced by the intrusion of crisscrossing lines and slashes. Some of the works convey a feel of nostalgia and melancholy, while in others, there is even a hint of gathering storm. Ultimately, the common thread that binds all his paintings is the pure celebration of colours and forms.

Born in 1960 in Midnapur, West Bengal, Maity studied Fine Arts at the College of Visual Arts, Kolkata, between 1979 and 1985 under the guidance of well-known painter, Shuvaprasanna. His academic pursuits also led him to complete a five-year Diploma in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Arts and Craftsmanship, Kolkata.

Many awards

Recipient of several awards, honours and endowments including IFACS Scholarship (1995) and a research grant from the Lalit Kala Academy (1993-1994), Maity has held one-man shows all over India and also in Germany, Sweden and U.K. His paintings are in the collection of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, B.M. Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad, Fukuoka Museum, Japan, and so on.

Somenath Maity is not a stranger to Bangalore. His paintings have been featured in group shows mounted by different galleries in the city. This time around, Time and Space Art Gallery has organised a solo show of the artist.

The exhibition, which opens today (October 9), concludes on October 20.


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