No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
– Oscar Wilde
And Soumyadeep Roy surely possesses the criteria for greatness as pointed out by Mr. Wilde. Soumyadeep has an imagination that can capture a story in the small space of a rectangular canvas. He has taken myths and legends and infused them with his ideas and moulded them into a thing of beauty. His vision is original and most importantly, relatable. Go to his art exhibition E, if you don’t believe me.
For a person who is interested in the broad spectrum of Art, but has no idea about paintings as a form of Art, the decision to walk into Chemould Art Gallery on Park Street may seem somewhat questionable. But, Soumyadeep’s art has a way of putting you at ease and taking you in, instead of intimidating you with its various interpretations. Upon opening the door, you are greeted with a Dozen Doodles that are a visual delight. As the distinguished Mr. Amit Chaudhuri, who inaugarated the event, put it – The drawings are unburdened by the orthodox expectations out of art and despite its traditional sense of incompleteness, it brings a freshness and originality which is delightful.
And his paintings are no less amazing. The ideas, interpretations and tales behind all his work are a testament to the fact that he puts an immense amount of thought into his work. His art is not the Worsdsworthian kind, born out of a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”. It is meticulously put together, piece by piece, to say what Soumyadeep wishes it to speak. And, I believe that though one can not relate to and appreciate all art born out of pure emotion, it is not very difficult to relate to and appreciate a passionately crafted piece of art.
So, all Art lovers, (and by Art, i mean Art and not just paintings and drawings) – If you are free anytime from the 6th till the 9th of January, between 2pm to 7pm, you know where to go.
In case you don’t, here is the direction penned down by the artist himself –
Thanks to Bitan Basu for those beautiful gallery images. Click here to follow his work.