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A Visual Vocabulary

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Vincent Van Gogh Satyabrata Das’s paintings are reminiscent of and, is inspired by the play of colours, the confident strokes of the iconic post-impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The roll and play of clouds above the sweeping landscapes are a visual narrative of places the artist has visited and has soaked in. Many are lasting memories of places the artist has visited and attempted to re-create with photo-references of inspiring landscapes of paintings that are pulsating and evocative. Man’s insignificance is apparent against the backdrop of rolling hills and cascading waterfalls in appreciation of Nature, to invite the viewer, to experience the magnitude of what the earth in all her grandeur, has to offer mankind. Spontaneous brush strokes using pigments in a dense and opaque manner, depict the imagery of the force of cascading waterfalls, the scale of Nature while minimizing human figures that facilitates interpretations for the viewer. Relying on Acrylic and Oil mediums on canvas, the artist creates a pictorial vocabulary. A lyrical rendition lies within a warm palette of colours with the use of black pigment to highlight and create depth to the compositions. Satyabrata Das is a seasoned artist who plays with the dark and light totality of each composition, to create an impact. Satyabrata Das Satyabrata Das, an accomplished artist, was born in the culturally rich state of Odisha. His artistic journey began at the Santiniketan Visva Bharati University, where he studied Fine Arts & Craft, and honed his skills and nurtured his creative spirit. Seeking a broader perspective, Satyabrata pursued an MBA from Pacific States University in Los Angeles. Throughout his educational journey, Satyabrata earned recognition for his artistic prowess, receiving the prestigious Odisha State Gold Medal for his outstanding performance in a spot painting competition. Under the tutelage of eminent artists such as Prof. KG Subramaniam, Prof. Somnath Hore, and Prof. Ajit Chakraborthy, Satyabrata developed a profound understanding of various artistic forms and techniques. In his early student days at Santiniketan, Satyabrata Das had the privilege of being mentored by the eminent artist and sculptor Sri Ram Kinkar Beij. This mentorship played a pivotal role in shaping his artistic vision and instilling in him the importance of creativity and passion in the world of art. Satyabrata Das lives and works in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Emotive Resonance

“I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me” – Franz Kline R. B. Murari has the ability to engage the viewer with a certain kinetic energy, to facilitate interpretation and to ‘see with the mind’. To explore and to engage the viewer, to subtly hint at the myriad emotions that shape the human mind and experience. His preference for Acrylic medium with gestural lines, facilitates his spontaneity of emotions, that of joy, despair, passion, and tranquillity of the mind. His works are considered non-objective in definition, creating an impact in the genre of Abstraction. Murari’s strength lies is the symbiosis of cool and warm colours, with many layers to create a depth of feelings. What appears to be a frenzy of lines eventually pulsate with uninhibited emotions, expressed in Murari’s compositions. His free and spontaneous compositions are compelling, as one goes through the dark and light totality of visual artistry. There are at times, organic elements in the mastery of his craft, in his odyssey to create an understanding of the genre of Abstract Expressionism. His inspiration stems from meeting legendary artists and trying to understand their psyche. While creating his own metaphors to express his emotions and to connect with the viewer, Murari has created a body of works that is open to interpretation. Eminent artist of India (late) Yusuf Arakkal had once said that Abstract Art is not just a “throw of colours” to create a painting! The artist has to have strength in drawing and will deem to have the capability to compose. Murari’s strength lies in his deployment of colours in meaningful compositions. R.B. Murari R.B. Murari inculcated the basics of art and the manipulation of paints from his grandfather, the legendary artist S. Dhanapal. As a teenager, Murari closely observed his illustrious father, R.B. Bhaskaran, learning the nuances of his techniques as well as his meticulous approach to treating the canvas. Murari’s artistic prowess has gained recognition both nationally and internationally. His works have been exhibited in prestigious galleries such as Lalit Kala Gallery in New Delhi, Kala Art Gallery in Texas, Sarala Art Centre in Chennai, and Gallery Sara Arakkal in Bangalore. In addition to his artistic endeavors, Murari also contributes as a Creative Producer at a Montreal-based IT consulting company, where he focuses on digital innovation. His portfolio extends beyond conventional boundaries, offering audiences immersive experiences in both the realms of art and digital technology. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Marketing from DMI Institute, Poland. Murari’s significant contributions to contemporary abstract art have earned him recognition for challenging and redefining traditional art narratives. He lives and works in Chennai. Duration of show - 25th November to 10th December Timing - 11 am to 6.30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Strokes of Power

Pune-based artist M Narayan’s interest in Polo, the oldest of equestrian sports, also known as the sport of kings, came to the fore during a visit to the Delhi Polo grounds. He was fascinated by the speed of the ponies, the swish of slender mallets maneuvered by riders while controlling the paces of beautiful equines and the excitement of the spectators. Narayan’s initial interest began when he went as a spectator of horse racing. He would create quick sketches while watching the sport, trying to capture the chemistry between man and steed. The experience imbued in him the kinetic energy of speed and agility, to whet his creative ability and to compose each painting with energetic strokes of the brush. His imagination took one particular path to try and ‘capture’ speed by quick hand movements and brush strokes that spoke a gestural language. Over the years, Narayan’s varied renditions in mixed medium, are the additions of charcoals, acrylics, watercolours, pigments and oils on surfaces of paper and canvas. Narayan’s oeuvre for the past three decades, are reminiscent of a quote by the great poet and artist William Blake who said, “Energy is an eternal delight.” M. Narayan M. Narayan is an accomplished artist who completed his BFA from the Ken School of Art in Bangalore. His artistic journey has been influenced by great masters such as Picasso, M.F. Husain and JMS Mani. Notably, his works have garnered widespread acclaim and have been commissioned by prominent corporate houses and art collectors in India and abroad. Hailing from the quaint village of Mittiganahalli in Karnataka, Narayan's artistry revolves around preserving the simplicity and innocence of ethnic and rural subjects. Since embarking on his artistic career in 1991, he has showcased his remarkable talent in more than 35 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows across India and internationally. Among his recurring themes, Narayan's profound passion for horses stands out prominently. His artistic approach involves simplifying forms while employing vibrant hues that breathe life into his creations, evoking a sense of space, movement, depth, and shape in both animate and inanimate subjects. M. Narayan's lives and works in Pune. mnarayanpune@gmail.com