There is nothing new about computer-aided art in our country as even many senior artists do not mind using software to create works in which the brush tool is used in the same way that a bunch of horse or rodent hair is wielded to apply paint.
Biswatosh Sengupta, who is holding an exhibition of his works at the Academy of Fine Arts from October 3 to October 9, is nothing like that. Sengupta, who is a senior teacher at an institute of management and technology, has always been associated with the visual arts. He takes a keen interest in photography as well, and has participated in many exhibitions.
But in his current show, he is exhibiting his digital art using C/C++ & MATLAB and uses the language as his brush and his monitor as his canvas. His works are influenced by photography but they do not look like any ordinary paintings at all.
In these, he mainly used lines and spins out shapes and forms with these the same way that a spider creates a web. However, these shapes he creates are close to actual objects and human forms although his colours are usually very bright, jarring even (picture right shows a detail from a painting titled Fantom). Some are abstract shapes and have no relation to real life. In some of his works he pays homage to Swami Vivekananda and has even rendered Belur Math using the technology.