United Kingdom — Like the sprawling subcontinent itself, modern and contemporary Indian artists have a marvelously bold way with colour, and they produce work that is resonant with their region and with the Indian past. This makes much of the work uplifting, rich, and quite strange to our eyes, which we are used to perhaps, thinking that Indian art consists primarily of exquisite Moghul miniatures and Rajasthani art..
Yes, many modern Indian masters refer back to the iconography of the past, but the younger generation of artists is more concerned with contemporary issues engendered by the globalization of culture and how ART could bridge the gap between the East and West.
Auction prices both in the UK and USA are indicators of how Indian arts have recently been going through the roof for modern Indian masters such as Laxma Goud, M.F. Husain and F.N. Souza, and the Indian art sales to be held in London through the summer will no doubt push prices for these well-known artists even further up the seismic scale.
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KUMAR SARKAR EXPRESSION INDIAN ART COLLECTION
Asit Kumar Sarkar work was first introduced in a group exhibition Art of Living 2007.
We are the exclusive dealer for Asit original and limited edition prints. For more information kindly contact the gallery for an appointment to view his Collection.
Asit Kumar Sarkar collection includes paintings from mono expressionist works to vibrant, bold paintings in the medium of acrylics. His two mono colour paintings from the MANKIND series. - This body of work is symbolic of the human race and how we have evolved . Depicting the pain that is an inseparable part of human destiny, Asit `s works have a pervasive atmosphere of thoughtfulness that raises many questions. His simplistic use of dark areas leaving little for the imagination to wonder at and the highlighted areas keep the mind interested. The minimalist use of sketch lines in the construction of his faces, almost working like a sculptor, here reminded of Rodin` s "Thinker " . The image of a male thinker deep in thought.
" We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts."
( Buddha )
AKS001. THINKER I
The next in the collection are series of four paintings titled " The Indian Drama " size: 30" x 24". Here Asit paintings show how drama, poetry, music & dance remains universal and still plays a major role in today` s modern times.
AKS003. INDIAN DRAMA I
AKS004. INDIAN DRAMA II
Indian drama and theatre is perhaps as old as its music and dance. Classical theatre traditions have also influenced modern theatre, particularly the Hindi, Marathi and Bengali theatres. The tradition of folk theatre is alive in nearly all the linguistic regions of India. Today modern days of Indian drama is an attribute to the growing demand of cinema, ( Bollywood film ) that has opened it to the mass. The influence of Indian Drama can be traced back to the great epic period of Indian civilization of Ramayan, Radha Krishna, Mahabharata, and the recent period of the Rajasthani and Moghul dynasty.
THE DRAMA OF INDIA - an article was originally published in A Short History of the Drama. Martha Fletcher Bellinger. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1927. pp. 99-102. INDIA is one of the few countries which can boast of an indigenous drama, unaffected by any foreign influence. When Hindu plays first became known to the European world through Sir William Jones' translation of Sakuntala in 1789, it was then generally thought that Greek literature had penetrated into India, influencing their playwrights; but that opinion does not prevail today. Most critics agree that Hindu drama was neither a borrowing nor an imitation, but the product of native genius.
AKS005. SUMMER ROMANCE
AKS006. SARANGI PLAYER
Sarangi - a very important string instrument used in both the folk and classical styles. Its sound is considered to be the closest to the human voice. Made with a hollow piece of wood, covered by a parchment, it usually has three main playing strings but several others for a drone. It is played with a bow. The Sarangi has many variants. What is seen in the Mathura area of Uttar Pradesh is a simpler version of the Sarangi, with a smaller round head, fewer strings and ghunghroos attached to the bow.
And finally a collection of six small paintings size: 24" x 20" -This body of work sum up both the areas that influenced the changes and direction of Asit artistic career, tracing back to his family roots of Indian classical music and dance. Asit reverts to his painter brush to convey Indian culture in harmony with music and dance, through his own unique style of rich heavy textures and brush stokes in acrylic medium, with light glaze of vanish applied over the surface, creating images that are close to his heart.
AKS009. SIMPLE IMPRESSIONS
AKS010. QUIET TIME
AKS011. BANSURI PLAYER
Bansuri (Flute) - it hardly needs any introduction given its global popularity. It is a simple bamboo stick with one hole to blow into and 6, 8 or 9 holes for producing the notes.
AKS012. TURQUOISE MOMENTS
I now invite you to please take the time to study and enjoy Asit Kumar Sarkar`s paintings, take with you the breath of Indian Summer experiences. Do not miss the opportunity to see the exhibition, we look forward to seeing you over the next month.
Due to the success and popularity of Asit`s Collection
we will shortly have signed and numbered edition of 195 prints available on sale. Kindly leave us your contact details, if you would like to receive further information