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Friday 1st May 2015-Tuesday 30th June 2015
10-A Lee Road (Near Vaibhav Market) , Kolkata , West Bengal, 700020
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This exhibition features a compact but varied selection of attractive new works, most of them based on deep philosophy with a reflection of the times we're living in and comments on present day society. The collection includes acrylic on canvas to watercolor on paper works by some of the contemporary artists of India. If you are interested in particular artist or artwork, please contact the gallery through email, whats app or over the phone. The gallery is happy to ship original artwork to national and international destinations once a request is received and processed. On display are pieces by Amiya Bhattacharya, Anjan Patra, Prasenjit Sengupta, Tapas Ghosal, Pradeep Mishra, Partho Dutta, Tapas Sardar, Kanchanmala Ghosh, Arpan Bhowmik, Suman Gupta, Jagannath Paul, Saikat Maity, Ujjwal Debnath and Tejinder Kanda.

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Prayers at Dusk (2015)   by Amiya Bhattacharya | 277 views
Painting - Mixed Media on Canvas , 36 inch x 36 inch


This beautiful composition is based on an Indian, in particular, a Bengali tradition of performing prayers at dawn and dusk. The latter has been featured here, with a small lamp in an alcove in the background. The lady is dressed up in a white saree with a red border and has a bindi on her forehead, depicting her marital status. The shy smile against the backdrop of the diffused lighting results in a soft, gentle, enchanting work.. The digital file is of dimensions 1500 x 1504 pixels. At 150 dpi (lower recommended cutoff for good resolution printing), this file can be printed to a maximum size of 10 inches x 11 inches. While larger prints of such files are regularly made, one must inspect the preview of the final print before submitting batch orders to a printing machine.

 

 
 
 

Victory over Evil
By Panchugopal Dutta

Victory over Evil

$770


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4528px by 3364px
18.5 inch x 13.5 inch
Watercolour on Board
1997
 

In Praise of Goddess Durga
By Panchugopal Dutta

In Praise of Goddess Durga

$930


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4244px by 2851px
21.5 inch x 14 inch
Watercolour on Board
2002
 

The Warm Glow of Love
By Tapas Sardar

The Warm Glow of Love

$2345


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1500px by 1543px
30 inch x 30 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2014
 

Intimate Conversations
By Tapas Sardar

Intimate Conversations

$3125


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1654px by 1500px
40 inch x 36 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2010
 

Prayers at Dusk
By Amiya Bhattacharya

Prayers at Dusk

$3850


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1504px by 1500px
36 inch x 36 inch
Mixed Media on Canvas
2015
 

Woman I- III
By Prasenjit Sengupta

Woman I- III

$1900


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1500px by 3733px
60 inch x 20 inch
Charcoal on Paper
2014
 

The Lotus Hunters
By Suman Gupta

The Lotus Hunters

$4690


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1550px by 1500px
36 inch x 36 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2014
 

Night Shadow
By Suman Gupta

Night Shadow

$2345


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1500px by 2164px
30 inch x 21 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2014
 

The Revelation
By Ujjwal Debnath

The Revelation

$1175


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1500px by 1563px
42 inch x 42 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2015
 

Durga
By Ujjwal Debnath

Durga

$700


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2701px by 1500px
48 inch x 24 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2015
 

Mesmerized by His Melody
By Ujjwal Debnath

Mesmerized by His Melody

$625


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2143px by 1500px
36 inch x 24 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2015
 

The Divine Dance- I
By Ujjwal Debnath

The Divine Dance- I

$700


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1761px by 1500px
36 inch x 30 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
2015
 

 

 

 

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Click to see larger image Panchugopal Dutta - #Victory over Evil -

A traditional form of the battle between Goddess Durga and the Demon signifying the victory of good over evil, making for a intensely powerful imagery which is both compelling and symbolic.


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Click to see larger image Panchugopal Dutta - #In Praise of Goddess Durga -

This painting is filled with symbolism and steeped in stories from the Hindu mythology. On the lower left corner, the green face of the deity signifies Lord Rama. In essence this painting could describe his worship of Goddess Durga known as Akalbodhan. Akaal Bodhan (Bengali: অকাল বোধন) is the worship of Durga—an incarnation of Devi—in the month of Ashwin, an uncustomary time for commencement of the worship. Per Wikipedia, in the Ramayana, Rama goes to Lanka to rescue his abducted wife, Sita, from the grip of Ravana, the king of the Demons in Lanka. Before starting for his battle with Ravana, Rama wanted the blessings of Devi Durga. He came to know that the Goddess would be pleased only if she is worshipped with 108 Neel Kamal (blue lotuses). After travelling the whole world, Rama could gather only one hundred and seven of them. He finally decided to offer one of his eyes, which resembled blue lotuses.


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Click to see larger image Tapas Sardar - #The Warm Glow of Love -

This is one of the artist's signature works, as his forte lies in creating sensuous women in love, by the soft diffused lighting of a fire, which reflects in the glow on the protagonist's face. Birds symbolize love; the beloved is shown dressed up, waiting for her beloved. The body language delineates a yearning and vulnerability, making it an attractive composition.


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Click to see larger image Tapas Sardar - #Intimate Conversations -

This lovely composition is based on a quiet, private conversation which is taking place between two women, who may be sisters or friends. There is a narrative and a mystique about what the subject of the chat could be, thereby engaging the viewer to participate and wonder, which is always a positive feature about a painting.


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Click to see larger image Amiya Bhattacharya - #Prayers at Dusk -

This beautiful composition is based on an Indian, in particular, a Bengali tradition of performing prayers at dawn and dusk. The latter has been featured here, with a small lamp in an alcove in the background. The lady is dressed up in a white saree with a red border and has a bindi on her forehead, depicting her marital status. The shy smile against the backdrop of the diffused lighting results in a soft, gentle, enchanting work.


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Click to see larger image Prasenjit Sengupta - #Woman I- III -

Within a muted monochrome scheme as in this set of three charcoals , one can appreciate Prasenjit’s simplicity of concept & depth of execution. He's created a sense of mystique, which is provocative and classy. The essence is suave and sassy.


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Click to see larger image Suman Gupta - #The Lotus Hunters -

The realization of the Lotus Hunters down to the last photographic detail has a directness of expression that shows through the symbolism and references which might layer the viewer’s experience of the painted spaces. In that sense the technique lends a transparency to the artistic conceits and the inescapable pressures of having to reinstate one’s genre, sources and historicity.


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Click to see larger image Suman Gupta - #Night Shadow -

In this composition, what is immediately moving is the treatment of the local landscape with the human figure. Drawn faithfully from nature, the mundane landscape of provincial hinterlands evokes revisitations and new recognitions, breaking the seemingly familiar with unexpected surrealism. The lone figure inhabiting the nightscape is self-absorbed within the landscape, like inside a folktale. Figure and ground recede into each other as an integral whole. Here the real and tangible, copied from life, without breaching any physical law of nature, has assumed a heightened ethereality; the more precise the details, the more fantastic it seems. All these give the impression of an autonomous passage of time inside the painting.


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Click to see larger image Saikat Maity - #A Rainy Day in Kolkata- V -

A Rainy Day in Kolkata captures the essence of the heritage city, just the way a good classic piece of art should. The watercolor artist has avoided excessive detailing and by highlighting just the key features of a rain drenched old street with crumbling structures., resulting in a fresh, inviting composition.


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Click to see larger image Ujjwal Debnath - #The Revelation -

On the first day of the war Krishna became Arjuna's Charioteer between the two armies of The Pandava and the Kaurava on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Lord Krishna revealed the Bhagvad Geeta, consisting of eighteen chapters, on which the Hindu philosophy is based. He preached that "Your duty is to fight. Those who have joined the forces against justice and righteousness have to perish. The good must be protected. Attachment to friends and relatives should not come in the way of your duty."


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Click to see larger image Ujjwal Debnath - #Durga -

'Durga', a resplendent compositions by Ujjwal Debnath is a compelling work, encapsulating the charming quality of the gracious multi-armed Goddess who is revered for her victory over the evil forces. The contrast of the golden yellow against the midnight blue further accentuates the dramatic visual element.


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Click to see larger image Ujjwal Debnath - #Mesmerized by His Melody -

This magical composition shows Lord Krishna as a child with his favourite cow & a flute, with a divine smile playing upon his lips. The beautiful full moon enhances the allure of the enchanting setting. It seems that not just the cow, but the entire universe is rejoicing in the young flutist's melody.


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Click to see larger image Ujjwal Debnath - #The Divine Dance- I -

Charged with a cosmic energy, this depiction of the Divine Dance of Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati is a significant one. Shiva's dance represents destruction & creation of the universe, and highlights his ascetic as well as erotic nature,while his wife Parvati has a balancing, calming influence on him. This synergy of the two together brings about a state of deep meditation.


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Click to see larger image Amiya Bhattacharya - #A Friend -

A Friend is a lyrical composition, highlighting the easy warmth and camaraderie between a young beauty and a peacock. Both the beauties are contrasted with one another, with one richly hued and the other delicate and graceful, resulting in an exquisitely stunning work.


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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

This exhibition features a compact but varied selection of attractive new works, most of them based on deep philosophy with a reflection of the times we're living in and comments on present day society. The collection includes acrylic on canvas to watercolor on paper works by some of the contemporary artists of India. If you are interested in particular artist or artwork, please contact the gallery through email, whats app or over the phone. The gallery is happy to ship original artwork to national and international destinations once a request is received and processed. On display are pieces by Amiya Bhattacharya, Anjan Patra, Prasenjit Sengupta, Tapas Ghosal, Pradeep Mishra, Partho Dutta, Tapas Sardar, Kanchanmala Ghosh, Arpan Bhowmik, Suman Gupta, Jagannath Paul, Saikat Maity, Ujjwal Debnath and Tejinder Kanda.

 
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ABOUT THE GALLERY

The Verandah is a boutique Gallery with a personal touch located in Calcutta. It is a charming little gallery based at home and tucked away in a cul-de-sac, where art lovers can visit by appointment and browse through the wide selection of art from Bengal and the rest of India. The endeavour of this Art hub is to advise, source, restore, trade and assist both art lovers and first time buyers in buying good Art – of both aesthetic and investment value. The gallery specializes in emerging Artists of Bengal. Bengal being a rich storehouse of a vast variety of styles and mediums, the purpose of this personalized gallery is to provide a forum for young talented artists by discovering them early and promoting them over the years through various shows within and outside India, thereby giving them confidence and visibility. This widening of horizons and evolution is the primary goal that the gallery has been striving for. The work of the various artists who were spotted young and have blossomed over the years goes to show the success of the enterprise. One will find showcased on the Verandah website canvases, works on paper, wood and fiberglass, besides various mediums of sculpture. In the range of themes, one will discover Realistic, Figurative, Abstract, Surreal and Experimental works which have been executed by the contemporary upcoming and renowned artists, serving as a perfect mirror to our ancient cultural heritage, and traversing over to modern times.

 

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Panchugopal Dutta

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Born in 1939, Panchugopal Dutta was an important painter and sculptor from the Bengal School of Art. He received Commercial Art training from West Bengal, India in 1958. Following that, he received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship in 1966. A pupil of Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Panchugopal Dutta is known for his \"Bengali style\" of painting. He became the principal instructor of fine arts department at the Ramakrishna Mission in Purulia, West Bengal, where he served for well over three decades. His classic works include scenes from folk life in India, gods and goddesses, mendicants, women and of various human conditions. His work is deeply inspired by the life and works of swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the like. His works are displayed on museum walls along with the works of stalwarts like Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Kshama Gupta, Nandalal Basu, Ashit Kumar Halder, Sunayani Devi, Chitraniva Choudhury and the like. His works are often characterized by their geometrical complexity, symmetry and symbolism. Although noted as one of the stalwarts, Panchugopal Dutta lived a self effacing life, staying out of the spotlight and attention. He passed away in January 2015.

Prasenjit Sengupta

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Born in 1964, Prasenjit graduated from Rabindra Bharti University. He has participated in several exhibitions & art camps & won many awards. Prasenjit skillfully paints chiselled figures of men, women & children against pock- marked walls, which are not only a textural backdrop, but they have their own story to tell. In canvases infused with pathos, Prasenjit uses soft pastel shades of grayish blue, pale green or a haunting beige to convey his feeling for the subject, which is realistic & intense. Within a muted monochrome scheme , one can appreciate Prasenjit’s simplicity of concept & depth of execution.

Tapas Ghosal

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Tapas graduated in Painting with a First Class First from Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, 1989; and received his post graduate in Painting from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi (First Class). His Varanasi works reflect a temporal and spiritual dimension. The pastel shaded images are semblances of an isolated image of what the artist perceives beneath the bustling activities there. His current series of paintings create meditative structural spaces, melancholic in nature which enter into the inner realm of reality and extract a kind of mystic, melodic silence.

Pradeep Mishra

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Pradeep Mishra, an artist from Mumbai believes in celebrating similarities among all living creatures and showing a respect for the glorious universe that one is blessed to inhabit. He focuses on the beauty and the grace of sometimes fantastic, sometimes commonplace birds and animals, and externalizes it through the message of peace and universal harmony.

Partho Dutta

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Partho Dutta from Bengal is a highly gifted artist who is a recognized name in the genre of strong, vibrant and joyful Horses and powerful Bulls, both subjects sought after for their depiction of strength and motion, making for a smart, contemporary theme which never goes out of style.

Tapas Sardar

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Tapas Sardar is a confident young artist who is aware of his tremendous skill in the field of portrait painting, replete with touching emotions & a sensuous effect, highlighted wonderfully with the use of soft light.There is something special about his works, mainly based on women in love, which is a captivating theme universally.

Kanchanmala Ghosh

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Born in 1973, Kanchanmala received a Diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in the Western style of painting in 1999. She has participated in various art exhibitions since, at various prestigious venues. Apart from executing joyous compositions of flowers, landscapes & figures in vibrant colours on canvas, Kanchanmala concentrates on monochromatic, realistic studies of the male and female form. Her style is dramatic, contemporary & striking and the use of light & shade is skillfully executed. Whilst creating wonderful portraits primarily in charcoal, Kanchanmala from time to time adds a hint of another colour in various dozes, not only to break the monotony of black & white, but also to highlight the finer nuances underlying the work. These subtle undertones are the foundation of Kanchanmala\'s well balanced compositions, which inspire her from within & captivate the viewer.

Suman Gupta

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Suman Gupta from Jammu translates the surroundings in perfect proportions like a photo realist. But into his works he adds a small element of surrealism with a play of light on the faces of his subjects. Suman Gupta\'s felicity with his palette is more an accomplishment that makes his works succinct, and simple to read and understand. The realization of these paintings down to the last photographic detail has a directness of expression that shows through the symbolism and references which might layer the viewer’s experience of the painted spaces.

Jagannath Paul

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Jagannath Paul is an immensely talented artist, who has struck a deep emotional chord in the hearts of the viewers with the strength of his artistic conviction. A natural penchant for charcoal, mastery of the human anatomy and clear vision of profound integrity makes this accomplished artist create arresting paintings that are aesthetically resplendent, remarkably distinctive and bear a universal appeal. His works show a tremendous balance between figurative style and rhythmic patterns. The use of charcoal and acrylic on canvas testifies his inventiveness and gives a sensory feel of pigments. The tonal variation of the contoured forms make his works visually engrossing. His acrylic palette comprises of solid colors such as vermilion, orange, yellow, blue and green. Applied with a flourish, these colors build an atmosphere of charged energy and add an extra nuance that completes a dramatically illumined canvas.

Saikat Maity

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Saikat Maity graduated from the Indian College of Art & Draftsmanship in Drawing & Painting with First Class in 2007 & has already won the Best Watercolour Award from the Academy of Fine Arts & another from the Camlin Art Foundation. In watercolours, the beauty lies in the freshness of colours, their transparency & purity, & a slightly unfinished look , resulting in a natural effect. Saikat\'s watercolours are dramatic and realistic, infusing life in even commonplace objects & making them look spectacular !

Ujjwal Debnath

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Ujjwal Debnath graduated in 1991 from Calcutta University & has completed several courses in Art Appreciation & Commercial Art. He received the Abanindranath Tagore Award in 1993. Ujjwal specializes in painting multi- faceted, \'alive\' figures & conveying his beliefs through them, as in the case of the deities he paints, or hints at the paradoxes & pretensions of social identity through his Mimes.He infuses these compositions with captivating gravity through the clever use of colours & light & shade.

Tejinder Kanda

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Delhi artist Tejinder Kanda seems to dig into his recollection of a carefree childhood spent in the open fields and clean air of lush green rural Punjab & the hills around the area as the spring for his art. The impressionist style of painting with thick impasto work led by French and European Masters beginning the 19th-century has clearly influenced the artist’s work. An avid admirer of Claude Monet and John Constable amongst others in the genre; Tejinder has evolved his own distinct idiom. There is an interesting mix of abstraction and realism interspersed with landscapes that add an ethereal touch to his work. A dramatic rendering of reflections in water and the play of light and shade are other familiar elements in much of his creative imagery. Partly dreamy and partly representational, the compositions capture the artist’s perception of life and the world around- its landscapes, fleeting moments and happenings. The renderings are tacit imprints of personal memories desires and experiences primarily as general impressions. Clear thick visible brush strokes in bright colours set against a softer palette, are a hallmark of Tejinder’s large body of impressionist expressions.

Anjan Patra

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A B.V.A ( Hons), Indian Painting from Govt. Art college, Anjan has participated in Shows at the Birla Academy, A.I.F.A.C , Academy Annual ,Tathya Kendra, State Acade, National Exhibition, Camlin India. He was awarded The Certificate of Merit from the National Board in 2006. Although figurative in style, Anjan has chosen a less popular, tougher medium of Tempera, on canvas or board, in which he uses naturally ground vegetable pigments & combines them with a paste from the babool tree to use as a binder. This technique results in a superb finish, which is matt & refined, & the longevity even in humid conditions, phenomenal. Anjan has been trained in the school of Indian Painting ,& inspired by Indian miniature paintings, which is reflected in his use of flat colours & clever use of negative & positive space, vis a vis the Western school of painting, which relies more on bringing its subjects to life thorough light, shade & perspective.There is a tendency to give a rich network of intricate patterns symbolizing the labyrinth of the character\'s thought process & inner beauty or turmoil, as the case may be. Anjan\'s subjects are a statement on society, reflected through facial expressions & body language of his characters.Sometimes, it is a comment on poverty, other times it\'s old age & at others,a satire on the wealthy. It is that particular moment which counts, in a language all his own.

Amiya Bhattacharya

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Born in 1949, Amiya Bhattacharya studied at the Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship in Kolkata. Thereafter, he became the Senior Art Director of Ananda Bazar Patrika Groups of Publication. Amongst many other professional forays, he designs art publications for the Center of International Modern Art in Kolkata and also covers for Penguin Books India. Extremely talented as an artist, he creates works which have sophistication and maturity.



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