Joy sheer joy :

Posted by-Kalki Team

As Paresh Maity brings his most definitive show of his life to the city, the artist gives us a brief glimpse of his voyage

The radiance of his colours have a soothing effect on ones soul and the dream-like images transport one to another world. Standing in front of his canvas, you are likely to experience a barrage of emotions all at once.

On having the show in Bengaluru :

It is a special city for me. I have a studio in Whitefield where I have created several important works. I have been working with Gallery Sumukha for 20 years and it has been some time since I had my solo here. I travel around the world and have exhibitions everywhere. I felt Bangalore should also have an important show of mine.

On the show :

You can see my journey and transformation but still I wouldnt like to divide it into any phases. Colours keep coming in and going. I have done a complete white in Banaras.

I grew up in Tamluk in West Bengal and studied art at The Government College of Art. When I was in Bengal, my art was very traditional but when I came to Delhi in 1991, it absorbed lot of influences. The figuration in my work led to abstract expressionism. One of the oldest works on display is a watercolour from 1976.

On his artistic compulsions :

Beauty and joie de vivre. I want the viewer to be happy and feel uplifted when he/she sees my work. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is open the curtains and let the light come in. I feel such positive energy and I want to pass it on.

On the importance of light :

Light has a distinctive character in my art. On my canvases I try and do things in order to emphasise on light.

I work in daylight and in my initial years, I used to paint outdoors. I have sat in Banaras, Santiniketan, Himachal, Venice and other places and observed light for hours. I notice its colours. I remember everything. I still remember how I made a painting 40 years ago and how I sat. It feels like yesterday.

On painting and its challenges :

It is itself a trigger for me. I can paint anywhere and anytime. The day I cant, I get very annoyed. I feel at peace when I paint. And you can get lost while painting a larger-than-life work. You dont know where to begin and where to stop.

On not being drawn to cutting edge art :

I believe in myself. I believe in tradition and I like my work to be rooted. I might be able to create art in another language but that wont be mine.

On his mammoth sculptures :

Sculptures are a big part of my oeuvre. I started with clay modelling as a small child. I have got three bronze sculptures to Sumukha. Each of these works weigh around 700-800 kg. The tiger that you see is a combination of the feminine and masculine. When we displayed it at a fair abroad, people would come and sit on it. I used to be so happy.

(The exhibition "An Inner Vision" is on at Gallery Sumukha, Wilson Garden, till November 12).

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