In search of peace in an increasingly disturbing milieu, Kolkata-based artist Malay Dutta has attempted to find it in his latest works of art.
Titled, In Search of Peace, the exhibition is on at Art Portfolio in Sector 9, Chandigarh. About the reigning disquiet in his mind, the artist, who is currently working on his next set of works back home, explains, “Looking at the increasing unrest in the country in which people take no time to turn inhuman, I felt there was a need for art to help them find peace. I believe art has spiritual energy.”
The 20 pieces on display are works in acrylic, using mostly purple, blue and green. Malay says, “If you see my works closely, you will observe that my canvas acts as the earth while the colours and strokes used offer peace to the eye of the onlooker.” The use of these specific colours, adds the artist, is because they are ‘spiritual colours that depict nature’. One notices that the paintings portray ladies with prominent features. Malay agrees, saying, “I have used the Bengali technique of art in which portraits stand out. It is unlike paintings made in other parts of India.”
After furnishing a diploma in fine arts from West Bengal, 36-year-old Malay debuted as a professional artist in 1998. His exhibitions are now regular affairs in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and abroad.
On his third display in City Beautiful, he says, “The youngsters, especially, have an urge to learn new techniques.”
The artist is known to have a soft spot for Lord Buddha, with most of his paintings incorporating the spiritual guru. Malay says, “It is true that I consider painting of Lord Buddha to be my specialisation. Every Buddha that I paint is different in terms of the colours used, though the technique followed is the same. However, for my exhibition in Chandigarh, I have even tried to portray Lord Krishna and Ganesha in a unique style.”
Malay, who has three exhibitions up his sleeve, believes art is an inherent part of the culture of West Bengal. “In metros, artists know the art of marketing. But in Bengal, we don’tknow marketing tactics. In every street of the state, you will find one or more artist, which is why Bengali artists are known all over India.”
Catch it here
What: In Search of Peace
On till: Jan 26
Timings: 10am to 6pm
Where: Art Portfolio, Sector 9, Chandigarh