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"Surface of Time: Works by Amitabh SenGupta"
2003-03-16 until 2003-03-15
Habitat World at India Habitat Centre
New Delhi, ,
In Amitabh SenGupta’s works TIME is depicted in various metaphors. As in the remains of rock-cut shrines or shelters, the Haveli door, the walls or a seascape, they all carry the mark of TIME - the texture of sun and wind, rain and corrosion and so on. Objects of past, and the objects of now, all stand within the frame of present. The meaning of past and present seemed to have merged in a zone of real existence – within the space and time of the artist’s experience. Again as metaphor of time, the element of myth enters in Amitabh’s works as often, as if to merge past into the present.
Amitabh uses oil in a modernists’ way of classical manner, layers after layer, and often using the effect of the under layer. The major environment he likes to create on the canvases has an imposing feeling of reality that invariably merged into an unreal zone. The unknown elements are vital as they take real objects into a sense of continuity and motion. Thus both real and unreal forms as appearing at the same time on the canvases have become essential in his approach.
Amitabh received various scholarships and studied painting in Kolkata, Paris and did his Masters in Education in the USA.
He spent about eleven years as the Head of Visual Arts in two universities in Nigeria. Besides exhibiting in important Shows in India he has participated in various International Shows in Far East, Europe, and Nigeria. For the past ten years, he has been exhibiting mostly in Chennai, Bangalore and the Far East. The present Habitat Show will be a major one in New Delhi since 1993.
Now he works and lives in Kolkata.
60x 60 inches