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The Kolkata-based artist is again with a solo present, that includes his acquainted rotund figures doing on a regular basis issues, now in pandemic-appropriate masks

The Kolkata-based artist is again with a solo present, that includes his acquainted rotund figures doing on a regular basis issues, now in pandemic-appropriate masks

Artist Shyamal Mukherjee has one goal: he needs each dwelling, in each nation to own his works. And, a pudgy, center aged couple in vibrant garments helps him just do that. The couple in query: Baba and Bibi, a sequence of work that shot Shyamal to fame.

Shyamal Mukherjee

Shyamal Mukherjee
| Photograph Credit score: Particular Association

To this point purchasers from 36 international locations — Europe to China — personal his works. “These are all international locations I travelled to, to showcase my work at exhibitions,” says Shyamal, who is in Chennai for an exhibition at Soul Spice Artwork Gallery. “I’ve carried out 51 solo exhibitions all over the world and round seven in Chennai,” states the Kolkata-based artist, including that for him, every of his creations is like one thing he has given start to and that’s the reason it makes him glad once they discover good properties for themselves.

Shyamal studied at Santiniketan and did his Masters in Superb artwork from the Rabindra Bharati College. He has been portray for the final 42 years. “ Nesha theke pesha hoye geche,” he says in Bengali, which roughly interprets to “from ardour and habit it has change into my career.” He began the Baba and Bibi sequence in 1997. “At that time I used to be making separate work of the person and spouse. However then individuals wished them in a single body. So I began placing them collectively,” he says. These works depict the easy, married couple in numerous moods, doing on a regular basis issues. It might be something from shopping for fish, enjoying with birds, having fun with a ship journey. Now, in a nod to the continuing pandemic, this couple even has masks on.

Shyamal says he does fixed analysis on the folks arts of Bengal and continues to attract inspiration from them. Having spent quite a lot of time travelling throughout South India, he’s impressed by the brilliant colors of the Southern States as properly. His works are resplendent with tones of yellow, purple, inexperienced, orange, pink, cobalt blue, and a smattering of white. He makes use of a reverse oil or acrylic portray approach for this sequence, the place he attracts the picture in reverse.

Since 97, Shyamal says Baba and Bibi are all he has been drawing. “This type and these work have introduced me recognition. Folks take one have a look at it and understand it’s Shyamal’s creation,” he says. After creating a whole lot of those, does he ever run out of concepts? “No, even when I’m engaged on one, I’ve concepts floating round, calling out to me, ‘Have a look at me, have a look at me!” he chuckles, including that he subsequent he needs to color the couple in rickshaws and classic automobiles.

The exhibition is on until July 15 at Soul Spice Artwork Gallery, 21/11, First Primary Street, CIT Colony, Mylapore.

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