Mona's style exudes tremendous vitality. Her art – mainly oils
on canvas – is a powerful amalgam of line, color, form and texture,
charged with resonating emotional energy. Line and color become
in her compositions, expressive elements in their own right. Expanses
of vivid red, black and white are her usual color frames within
which strongly delineated forms move in their illuminations of
subtly welded color.
We are visually moved by Mona's dramatic
exploration of pictorial opposites – contrasts of dynamic
and static elements; surging color forms and flat chequerboard
areas; amorphous contours and geometrical shapes; broad
fields of color and thin patterned lines; fine and
thick textures. Explosions of color are fenced in boxes;
or tied with strong squiggly lines.
Yet closer examination of her apparently
abstract visuals, reveals that the artist never rejects
the image – it is nascent yet powerful, poised between
form and formlessness, struggling to break out of it's
womb of color; an arched bird's neck in ‘Swan Lake',
a sleekly stretched woman's form in ‘Flight under Water',
a monumental horse head in ‘Surreal Animal', and a
powerfully tender silhouette in ‘Mother and Child'.
Constantly experimenting, Mona uses texture
with imagination – sometimes crafting her own grained
paper – to add depth to her compositions. In her first
figurative series, ‘Birds', intricate weaves and filigrees
of powerful lines form themselves into mythic beings
of pure imagination. Mobile in their expressiveness,
they yet seem engraved into rough-textured backdrops
of wood or rock, plumed creatures entombed in their
prime, and fossilized in stone.
Spirit, emotion, senses and evolving
creativity unite organically in Mona's art.
About the Artist
Born: 1972 Kolkata , India
Education: Bachelor of Visual Arts
(BVA). Honors in the stream of Drawing & Painting
(Western Style), Government College of Art & Crafts,
- 2001 Alliance Francaise Kathmandu
Nepal ‘Color of the Mind'
- 2000 Alternative Art Gallery Kolkata ‘Spiritual
- 1998 Gallery Romain Rolland, “Carte
Blanche Aux Jeune Creative” Exhibition organized
by Alliance Francaise de Delhi at Paris
Selected Group Exhibitions & Participations
- 2004 Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi
, 46 th National
Exhibition of Arts
- 2004 Birla Academy of Art & Culture
- 2002 Birla Academy
of Art & Culture Kolkata, ‘Young Faces in Contemporary
- 2001 Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi 44
th National Exhibition of Arts
- 2001 Birla Academy
of Art & Culture Kolkata ‘Time', by RAD
- 2000 National Gallery of Modern
Art Mumbai, by Western Railways
- 2000 Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi
Millenium Show ‘Their Theory'
- 2000 Alliance Francaise, Hyderabad
- 2000 Birla Academy
of Art & Culture Kolkata, Millenium Annual
- 2000 Birla Academy
of Art & Culture Kolkata, ‘Graphics Painting & Sculpture'
- 1999 Surya Art Gallery Hyderabad
- 1999 Birla Academy
Kolkata, & Image India Gallery N. Delhi , ‘In Memoriam'
- 1999 Gajah Gallery Singapore , ‘Indian
- 1999 AIFACS N. Delhi , 70 th All
India Art Exhibition Part II
- 1998 Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata,
66th All India Annual in ‘Commemoration of 50 th
year of Indian Independence'
- 1998 Hotel Oberoi Grand Kolkata, ‘Green
Blob', by RAD, RCCI
- 1998 Dhoomimal Gallery N.Delhi, ‘ Ravi
- 1998 Birla Academy of Art & Culture
Kolkata ‘Mixed Bag'
- National Scholarship (Painting)
- Bharat Nirman Award (Art & Painting) 2004