Parvatinandan by Subrata Ghosh
34 in x 24 in
Acrylic on Canvas
You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor
– Robert Louis Stevenson
On the day of ‘Gauri Ganpati’ let’s celebrate the day of motherhood and prosperity with an exquisite work of art: Parvatinandan, alluding to Parvati’s son, Lord Ganesha, was painted by Kolkata based painter Subrata Ghosh, giving a truly beautiful depiction wherein Goddess Parvati is holding Bal Ganesha close to her. Both figures have their eyes closed; a blissful expression on their faces. The textures have been created by layering multiple colours on top of each other and do not register as a single colour, in spite of which they manage to create a harmony that does not interrupt the tranquility of the painting. The rendition and proportion of the form in this artwork does remind one of Indian Art from the caves of Ajanta, while the thick brush strokes, atypical colours and the disregard for a realistic background masterfully combines inspiration rooted in Indian classicism with the techniques of expressionism.
However, the most intriguing message is the depiction of even the Gods we worship experiencing such innately human emotions like contemplation, vulnerability and motherly, nurturing love, posing the question, how much of our mythology is informed by human emotions and experiences and thus anthropomorphised and how much does that mythology in turn strengthen our culture and values?
Subrata Ghosh was born in Kolkata in 1975 and was formally trained in art by attaining his degree in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Kolkata in 2000. His portfolio consists of sculpting and painting which go above and beyond solely mythological tropes meant to be a respite against the supposed decay of values of love and peace in society. Ghosh’s work has been showcased in Taj Bengal in 2011 and the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in 2009 to name a few, and he has been awarded the Indian Society of Oriental Art Award in 1992 and 1993.
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