Eight years ago when artist Gautam Partho Roy made a series of works with lotus motif as his muse, the idea was to explore leaves seeped in his imagination. “Leaves are the source of life in plants,” he says, adding that he also wants to explore the similarity between nature and women. “I also wanted to explore the connection between nature and women and this became the inspiration for my paintings.”
Now, a solo exhibition of his works will be displayed in the city, titled Essence of Leaves. 26 oil paintings and acrylic sketches will be part of this show which explores the moods of nature and women, and the connection between the two. “I believe that it’s difficult to predict a woman’s behaviour and likewise nature too is unpredictable. That’s why I tried to paint the relation between the two on my canvas.”
On some canvases the female form is painted against the backdrop of the moon whereas in others the sunrays brighten the work. But in all of these works, the leaves are prominent and not always sketched in the usual shape. Roy says, “When I paint, I try to keep it realistic and in the process, the leaves look like not just the ones which are often seen in India but anywhere in the world.” This adds a touch of romanticism to his creations.
In some canvases, just the feminine emotions take centre stage. In the work, Inspired by Leaves, a girl holds a flute with a composed expression and in Remorse the face is hidden, reflecting the emotion of grief.
“It is difficult for me to explain what I try to seek by drawing parallels between the two subject and that is why I let my canvases do the talking,” says Roy while viewing his craft.
CATCH IT LIVE
What: Essence of Leaves
Where: Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
When: September 18 to 22
Timings: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line