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  'Nature's Extravaganza' - water colour

Manash Biswas


Though he also paints in oils, Manash's medium of choice is watercolor, in the use of which he has developed a singular style of exceptional felicity. It is, in his words, the ‘accidental facility of the medium' that delights him. Each work becomes a voyage of discovery, a spontaneous engagement between washes of pulsating color and the tonal ‘moods' of the medium, to create a sparkling luminosity of effect. In the process, ‘every single trickle or dab is left undisturbed', and purity is maintained through a sensitive juxtaposing of complementary accent hues that build up to a structured crescendo.

In his portrayal of faces, Manash uses line and subtle gradings of monotone, to build up a feeling of weight and structured substance, similar to oils. Thus, a startling expressiveness distinguishes his faces – exultant delight in the grin of a ‘Winner'; mute anguish in the knotted fist and parted lips of a prisoner under ‘Siege'; or an almost comical look of glee in a man getting in ‘The Last Word'.

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MB004
Vase with Riders on Horseback
Water Colour
30” x 22”

MB008
Girl
Water Colour
30” x 22”

MB009
Vase with Yellow Flowers
Water Colour
20” x 25"

 

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Manash's choice and depiction of subject is simple. According to him, life offers art a huge storehouse of experience to work with. Rather than dwell on social or moral issues, he prefers to illuminate the many facets of joy that lie in everyday situations, parallel with pain and conflict. Thus, he develops a singular mood within the plastic components of each painting; awareness of beauty – flamboyant, delicate, or poignant with nostalgia – in his numerous symphonies of flowers; a celebration of the commonplace in his uniquely vivid design of a vase or a landscape; joy in the riotous extravagance of leaves in ‘Nature'; or amused awareness of a typical reaction as mirrored in a human face.
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The Winner
Water Colour
12” x 10

MB011
Nature – Urban 2 (small)
Water Colour
20” x 13”

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Vase with Blue Flowers
Water Colour
22” x 30”

 

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About the Artist

Born : 1962 Basirhat, West Bengal , India

Education : Degree in Commercial Art from Government College of Arts and Crafts Kolkata 1984

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2003 Gallery One (with CITIBANK) New Delhi
  • 2001 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata

Group Exhibitions

  • 2005 Bengal Artists Society Exhibition
  • 2003 Camlin Art Foundation Eastern Region Exhibition
  • 2002 Birla Academy of Art and Culture Annual Exhibition
  • 2002 Academy of Fine Arts , Kolkata, All India Exhibition
  • 2001 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata All India Exhibition
  • 1999 Birla Academy of Art and Culture Annual Exhibition
  • 1999 State Lalit Kala Academy , Kolkata
  • 1998 Academy of Fine Arts (2-Man Exhibition)
  • 1997 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata All India Exhibition
  • 1982 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata All India Exhibition
  • 1980-81 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata mid-summer Exhibition
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