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Brush with national canvas
- Artist’s struggle to pursue dream

Patna-based painter Binod Kumar is set to take part in the 55th National Art Exhibition to be organised by Lalit Kala Akademi between March 12 and March 19.

Kumar’s paintings would share space with the works of 171 artists. The exhibition would also see other forms of arts like sculpture, drawing, graphic and photography.

Sources said there would be 10 awards, each carrying a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. “The paintings would be selected by the jury. Those willing to take part in the exhibition would have to send their paintings. I had sent photographs of my paintings in December on the basis of which I have been selected. I am excited to be part of it because few artists from Bihar have been able to showcase their works in the exhibition,” Kumar said.

On his paintings in the exhibition, Kumar said: “Three of my paintings would be showcased in the exhibition. The theme for my paintings is illusion for which I have used mix media and acrylic. If observed carefully, one would find small structures emerging from a single painting like a tiger head and a person’s face. The height of the paintings is 5ft each.”

Though painting is in his blood, Kumar still had to work hard to pursue his dream. “While my father is a painter, my late grandfather was a sculptor. Still I had to face

resistance from my family when I decided to take up painting as a career. My father was not happy with my decision because he knew that I would have to struggle a lot. But, I followed my dream. When I was 15 years old, I started making film banners secretly. I had made banners of films like Bobby, Sholay and Hero. The banner of Hero was 90ft long. I was appreciated for my work.”

Kumar advised budding painters to take part in national exhibitions frequently. “The senior painters have stopped taking part in national exhibitions. This is not a good trend. By taking part in these exhibitions, the painters get to see the works of artists from different regions. This in turn help them to grow and improve their creations.”


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