|Veteran artist Durga Prasad Das creates an artwork at the camp and (below) artists Sanjeeb Nanda’s creation on aspirations of a young girl. Pictures by Sanjib Mukherjee
Bhubaneswar, Jan. 17: The Art in Industry camp that began on January 15 in the capital showcases paintings that give an insight into various societal and emotional subjects. Held at the Jayadev Bhawan, the art camp includes veteran as well as young artists from all over the state and outside.
The painting by veteran artist Durga Prasad Das, currently president of the Orissa Lalit Kala Academy, lets a viewer ponder upon the discussion on between the two ladies in his painting. Das has presented the two intriguing characters in this work titled ‘Have in have-not’.
“While one lady is lonely and wishes to look for a life-partner to remove the gloom from her life, the other, though married, is also in pain for having undergone emotional anxiety in her married life,” says Das.
Ajit Dubey, painter and graphic artist from Bangalore says his painting unfold gradually.
“I do not start with a particular final frame in mind. In this work I tried to use a scene that had caught my attention when I just entered Bhubaneswar,” says Dubey. His painting shows a number of legs below a half-door that depict congested space. “This is a scene of our society. We gather at places that do not need us while those who need us are alone,” he says.
Artist Chandramani Biswal has created an arresting oil painting that has blended shades of green and brown to represent natural landscape. Curves among the hazy strokes in this work depict the mother element in women.
“It is almost the 200th piece in my series of paintings that began in 1989, titled Dying Century,” says Biswal. “It is based on the fact that in current times we have forgotten that primal humans used to worship idols that had just the reproductive section of women. Today people are involving in female infanticide or in exploiting or abusing women,” he says.
Among other interesting works were those of D. N. Rao who has presented tribal motifs in his painting, Baladev Moharatha who has illustrated a group of women lamenting their lives while a broken doll depicts the evil of female foeticide. Young artists Sanjeeb Nanda and Nilanshubala have also created impressive works.
Among senior artists participating in the camp were Dinanath Pathy, Siba Panigrahi, Kasinath Jena and others. “The camp was an interaction between veteran and young artists that is helpful in creating a flow of thoughts among both generations,” says artist Manas Jena, co-ordinator and participant of the camp.
“It would be even encouraging if there were more women artists in the camp. Of course, it is a lifetime experience for me,” says one of the two women artists in the camp, Nilanshubala Sasmal. The other woman artist of the camp is Manju Karmarkar of Delhi.
The camp organised by Tata Steel that has 24 participants is to be concluded on Tuesday.