Bimal Kundu’s artistic journey began in North Calcutta, his sensibilities shaped by Kumartuli’s clay sculptures and his schooling at the Government Art College. His semi-realistic style made his sculptures popular through the decades. His second solo exhibition, Etching Tranquility, comprising 21 sculptures and 23 sketches, organised by Gallery Artist Mindz, took place at the Odisha State Museum, Bhubaneswar, recently. The sculptures in the Musician series were arresting. Durga, Reclining Ganesh, The Ox, and a life-size Reclining Woman were equally enthralling. These were minimalistic in approach with a touch of cubism, harmonising modernity with traditionalism. The unique enamel finishing — patina — added speciality and longevity to these sculptures. The sketches, done during the days of Covid, echoed the form and the style of the sculptures. The insecurity and depression that Kundu experienced during the lockdown are reflected in these pen-and-ink sketches.
Pradip Kumar Jena, the additional chief secretary and development commissioner of Odisha, was instrumental in organising this show with a vision to bring modern sculpture to Odisha. His endeavour received appreciation from visitors and art lovers.