Three female and three male artists are exhibiting their paintings, from 5th to 11th October, at Chitramayee, State Gallery of Fine Arts. Calling itself Open Sky, this group consists of Tamali Dasgupta, Popi Banerjee, Chitralekha Kanjilal, Ranajit Haldar, Anjan Bhattacharya and Narayan Karmakar.
Ranajit Haldar's collection features a cute and smart woman who he has painted in the animation form. In all the 10 works, the woman is clad in a yellow sari and blouse, and he has named some of the works Shakuntala, folk singer Bauline, Rhythm, Harmonies Feeling, Aspiration and In Company Of A Honey Bird.
Anjan Bhattacharya has been greatly impressed with the female form and nature. Accordingly, he has used both the forms in his paintings - with nature fully dressed up, and the woman partially disrobed. With titles of Love, Lea Sure, Lady With Her Pet, She and Lonely Lady, these need no further explanation.
Narayan Karmakar is a senior painter who has been fascinated by the charming beauty of Nature since his childhood. His paintings are themed on Nature, its flora and fauna, and its various forms like hills and mountains, rivers and seas, plains and the azure. His collection contains seven landscape series, and Belur Math, Dhakineswar and Victoria (all three historical places of Kolkata).
Tamali Dasgupta, being brought up in Kolkata, has developed a bond with the urban lady. Her series of paintings with titles of Her Different Moods (4 paintings), Sound Of Music and Not Now Please, reflect the different lifestyles of the busy and stylish urban lady.
Taking a dig at Tamali Dasgupta, Popi Banerjee has painted her works on the village lady. She feels for the little moments of love, desire, proximity and pain that are lost in the increasing complexity of urban life but are emphatically present in the simple lifestyle of the village folk.
While all the other five artists have concentrated on figurative art, Chitralekha Kanjilal has expressed her feeling towards the flow of events in this world, through semi-abstract paintings. Deeply touched by the eternal play of creation and destruction, and joys and sorrows in the world, she has expressed her intimate experience through the mesh of colors and lines in her paintings.
A total of 59 paintings are on display. Please contact 2311-3308/98486-66262 for further details.