Huge response to Indian
art in Hong Kong: Paresh Maity
Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Leading contemporary artist Paresh Maity,
who is set to showcase his new body of works in Hong Kong
in February, says Indian art gets a tremendous response there
thanks to the global nature of audiences.
preview of Maity's works will be on display in Chennai Wednesday
before his 51st solo exhibition in Hong Kong's Visual Arts
Gallery. The spread includes water colours, mixed media, large
format oil paintings and some drawings.
West Bengal-born artist, who belongs to a brood of illustrious
painters, is upbeat.
love showing in Hong Kong and Singapore. There is tremendous
response for Indian paintings because Hong Kong has a global
audience," the artist told IANS in an interview here.
cache comprises 15 paintings, but there are no sculptures
because they are difficult to carry," he said.
mammoth figurative sculptures in bronze have earned rave reviews
in the international art circuit.
Hong Kong cache, he said, is absolutely new and the art works
have been culled from his own collection.
had earlier hosted a solo exhibition in Hong Kong earlier
artist's new works are mature, as he prefers to describe them.
"They are minimalist in approach with lots of abstraction.
They are slightly different from my earlier works because
I have been trying out new styles and playing with subjects,"
in 1965 in Tamluk of West Bengal's East Midnapore district
in, Maity graduated in fine arts from the Government College
of Arts, Kolkata and completed his master's from Delhi College
of Art. Maity is married to artist Jayshree Burman, daughter
of master modernist Sakti Burman.
sheer mastery over mediums has got him a special place on
the global art map. Maity has won awards and acclaim in the
West, particularly in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, France,
Britain and the US.
who began as a landscape painter, graduated to figurative
art and bright colours after moving to Delhi in 1989.
1992, I visited Rajasthan for the first time by train and
I was fascinated by people and the sights. After having watched
Satyajit Ray's 'Sonar Kella' (The Golden Fort), I was always
curious about Rajasthan like any other Bengali.
went by train - and after the rain-laden skies and the rivers
of Bengal, I suddenly saw the desert that did not have any
colour, just sand. And then I saw the colourful women. It
was hypnotic," Maity recalled.
artist started painting faces of people in Jaisalmer. "In
the beginning, it was faces in which I wanted to depict the
happiness and celebration of life. Later on, figures started
dominating my paintings. The primary colours of Rajasthan
became powerful," Maity said.
the artist travelled to Venice, China, Egypt, Mexico and south
of France - where he painted in series.
Venice and China, I painted landscapes and in Mexico, I drew
people from the ruins of the Mayan civilisation, which was
very similar to ancient civilisations of our country. In Egypt,
I again culled my subjects from the rich history of the land,"
works alternate between series and standalone art, depending
on his moods. "If I am fascinated by a place, I paint
in series," he said.
sculptures remain his childhood love. "As a child in
Tamluk, I used to sculpt figures of gods and goddesses and
sold them. Later in school, I was attracted to paintings.
It was not possible to sculpt later years, but now I am back
to solid art again," Maity said.
artist has expanded the scope of his art. Most of his recent
works are large format - both paintings and sculptures that
are almost monumental.
art is for the public. I believe in art for masses and also
art for art's sake," said the artist, who does not believe
in gross commodification of art.
artist has been influenced by European masters. "Early
in my career, I was influenced by British landscape painters
J.M.W. Turner and John Constable and later by Pablo Picasso
and Vincent Van Gogh," he said. His Indian idols are
Jogen Chowdhury and Ganesh Pyne.
is optimistic about the future of Indian contemporary art.
"The new generation of artists are very open minded and
creative. They are ready to experiment. After all contemporary
artists have brought Indian art to the global stage,"