Setting aside the agony of his partys loss at Bishnupur West by-election for a few hours,Industries Minister Nirupam Sen stood by his mentally challenged son,Atri Sen whose paintings for the first time were exhibited at Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata on Sunday.
While painters and art teachers showered praises on his 25-year-old sons creativity,Sen remained quietly seated in a corner and hardly spoke. He was flanked by Sabyasanchi Sen,the state industries secretary and leading industrialists like Harsh Neotia and Sanjay Budhhia.
Sen who is mostly seen in the public batting for industrialisation in the state turned out to be a silent art admirer.
The proud father accompanied Left Front chairman Biman Bose along the passages of the gallery as both went on observing each exhibit. Even Bose tried to figure out the meaning of the painting and explain it to the visitors about Atris art.
This is an unbelievable feeling. He is the backbone of the family and everyone loves him. We expect that he goes on painting like this, said Sreya Sen,Atris sister.
The best part about his art is that the images are very common to us. As far I remember,he has painted hundreds of cars and number of houses and kites, said Sreya.
The artist,however,remained away from the shutterbugs and the crowd. The 72 exhibits in water colours and crayons delve into subjects like Flower Nectar,Fencing In field,Kashful at Night and are filled with child like innocence. Yet the confident brush strokes give a reflection of the budding artists talent.
The family says that Atri has no formal teaching in art and at the age of 15 he picked up brush on his own. Some teachers who have guided him tried not to confine him to one particular form of imagery but to follow his heart.