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Art Watch : Arun Kumar Samadder

Arun Kumar Samadder is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

Indian mythology and culture form the core of Samadder’s paintings. He travels globally and in India. Traveling across varied and rich cultural landscapes feeds his need to collect stories and myths. He weaves these onto his canvases with ink and paint. When asked about his unquenchable thirst for story-collecting he says. “All my paintings are based on Indian mythology and culture, more precisely they are the extracts of Indian Purana.” He listens, gathers, explores, revisits and then re-imagines all that he has heard. Then he passes it onto us the viewer for further exploration and meditation.

Born in the year 1948, one year after the country gained independence, Arun comes from Kolkata. He studied at the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University. And also earned his Diploma in Visual Art from the renowned institution during 1979-80. Since 1975 he has participated in various group exhibitions held nationally and Internationally. In Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Indonesia, Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. Being passionate about travel – he has visited many holy places in India and abroad.

Why Arun Kumar Samadder?

There is an inherent spirituality in his works. And he believes that every artistic creation is a Divine beauty by itself, the process of creation itself is sacred. He prefers to depict Indian mythology as a subject for his art owing to the immensity of the themes and the relevance with our life. He is especially partial to the Mahabharata, an entire universe of themes. According to the artist – it gives a generous overview of the ancient Indian culture and also the fact that it is so much more animated. Through his strong visual statement he takes us back into his old heritage that he is proud of.

Through his artworks, Arun provides a contemplative look of a complex coexistence of spirituality and commonality. A process such as this requires meditation and he dives deep within himself to retrieve images, creating serenity and calmness in the interiors that possess them. It is important to maintain a discipline, but the radical creator within him at times likes the spontaneity. And so at other times he improvises to bring freshness and originality in his artworks. He attempts to arouse the spiritual and religious side of humans to keep them grounded and have faith in power beyond control.

“All my paintings are based on Indian mythology and culture, more precisely they are the extracts of Indian Purana. Besides my other paintings are on well known Holy places of India”. Says the artist


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