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‘Gathering Storm’
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Parag Adhikari

Parag's elegant landscapes capture with a touch of nostalgia, the spirit and singular ‘mood' of a moment, a region, a season in nature, in an ambience that is distinctively Indian.

His compositions emanate an almost spiritual – sometimes elegiac – grace, a blurring of present perception into timelessness. Slim lines sparingly used, curve, slant and meander across his scenery, detailing background, delineating bare form and simulating perspective in evocative consonance, within a precise totality of design. Images, and tonal variations of light and shade as they slide over a landscape in a particular season or time of day, are built up with smudged applications of shaded color, used with restraint. Vivid hues if any are minimal accents that heighten the total mood.

His “imagery is personal and reflects the quest of the artist for a spiritual significance to offset the often unsettling details of modern life.” His landscapes thus crystallize into a search of sorts, uncovering hidden depths in ordinary objects and acquiring in the process an elemental – almost metaphysical dimension – that broadens and enriches their total perceptual reality.

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PA_A003

Gathering Storm
Acrylic on Canvas
27”x 35”
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PA_W001

The Road 1
Water colour
27”x 35”
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PA_W002

The Road 2
Water colour
27”x 35”
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‘The Coming Storm' perfectly epitomizes Parag's characteristic mood. Hot white light reflects off an Indian beach as fishermen draw their boats across the sand, under the gathering haze of ominous storm clouds. The only spot of color – a slash of red across a boat hull – heightens the starkness of the scene; while the muted browns, ochres and greens of a storm tossed tree, a hut and a shaded bank soften it. Impressionistic but never fragile, the components of the wind-blurred landscape merge in Parag's typical style, into a total design of distant, unending vistas; and finally into a haunting emotion ‘recollected in tranquility'.

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PAN057
‘Untitled’
acrylic on canvas
31” x 23”
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PAN328

‘Untitled’
acrylic on paper
26” x 21”
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PAN5974

‘Varanasi’
acrylic on canvas
30” x 40”
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About the Artist

Born: 1962, Calcutta

Education: Rabindra Bharati University

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1999 Gallery Aurodhan, Pondicherry
  • 1998 Gallery Aurodhan, Pondicherry
  • 1996 Krishna Oberoi, Hyderabad
  • 1995 Gallery Artage, Kolkata
  • 1995 Gallery Artage, Kolkata

Group Exhibitions International

  • 2004 UT Austin, Texas, curated Justin Marx, ‘Modern Myth: Changing Images in Indian Art'
  • 2002 Gallery Lombardi , Texas , curated Justin Marx ‘Indian Contemporary Art'

Group Exhibition National & State

  • 2001 Birla Academy , Mumbai & Calcutta, ‘Tradition & Modernity in Bengal '
  • 2001, 1996 Birla Century Academy , Mumbai
  • 2001, 1997, 1996 Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
  • 2000 Birla Century Academy , Mumbai, ‘Water Color Show'
  • 2000, 1999 Rabindra Bhavan, N.Delhi
  • 1999 Art World Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1998, '95, '90-'93 Birla Academy Annual, Kolkata
  • 1997 Gallery Art Today, N. Delhi
  • 1997 Alliance Francaise, Pondicherry
  • 1996 Birla Century Gallery, Mumbai ‘Urban Signals Shifting Images II'
  • 1996 Nehru Center Mumbai ‘Art for Hearts Sake'
  • 1996 The Oberoi, Bangalore
  • 1994 Jehangir Art Gallery , Mumbai
  • 1993 Curated Smita Bajoria, Pune, ‘Contemporary Indian Art'
  • 1993 Birla Academy Kolkata ‘Young Faces ‘93'
  • 1992 Center Gallery Kolkata ‘New Generation ‘92'

Awards

  • 1987 ‘Unifest', ISM
  • 1985 Rabindra Bharati University , Annual
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