It is a world where man and nature live in perfect harmony. The lush green patches coexist with urban localities in sloping hills as well as cityscapes, and factories loom out of verdant fields. “It’s an ideal scenario. There is a conflict but then, a little bit of that is enjoyable,” says Soumen Das. The Vadodara-based artist’s quasi-abstract, primarily architecturally inclined works appear from his own memories — immediate surroundings as well as his travels. Preoccupied with the theme for decades, the set of more than 20 works that will make up the exhibition “The Painted Palace” at Stainless Art Gallery are no different. “It is something that interests me and issues that everyone can relate with,” says the 45-year-old MS University post-graduate. Unwrapping the works involves introspection and a walk through the past, from his trip to Bahauddin ka Maqbara, the mausoleum of the Wazir of Junagadh, to Girnar and Diu.
The landscapes keep changing, but his medium remains traditionalist. Das uses the Neo-pointillist technique, where uniform brushstrokes are broken into a distinct series of small dots. The outcome is a complete picture of applied dots. Das has attempted to give the technique his alteration through the frequent use of Casein along with oil.
The layers of paints underneath myriad dots on canvas, meanwhile, come together to make pretty pictures — a landscape of buildings, with trees in the foreground and an azure sky beyond emerges in Still Stay as Once They Were; and Diu stands out with hints of circular blue dots floating on the surface of the canvas.
The exhibition will take place from August 3 at Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. It moves to Stainless Art Gallery, Mathura Road, from August 8-12.