From Gabbar to Mirzapur: Nouveau Realisme on display at Art Exposure Kolkata
Artist Dyutiman Bhattacharya will be exhibiting his latest work on pop art called Nouveau Realisme at Gallery Art Exposure from March 27. A French term, meaning new way of perceiving the real, this exhibition revolves around a new way of presenting the various characters on screen that has had a profound impact on us.
“The characters in the films may be fictional but they are more or less inspired by real life people and that has percolated in my work. Be it Gabbar from Sholay, Django from Django Unchained or God from Bruce Almighty, each character is rebellious in its own way,” tells the 45-year-old artist, who is in Indian Police Service.
The self-taught artist Dyutiman loves working in mixed media especially acrylic most and has already held several exhibitions in Academy of Fine Arts and ICCR. “This is my first in Art Exposure and I plan to take this particular exhibition to other places later,” he adds.
His works are mostly around Pop Art, a distinctive form of creative outturn, which came up during the time of post World War period and is considered to be more of a movement, which challenged the traditional form of fine art by inducting various forms of images derived from popular and mass culture. These series of 15 paintings express Dyutiman’s affinity towards all the characters.
“The movie Pulp Fiction meticulously balances each violent act of depravity with positive and admirable virtue. On the other hand, in Sholay, from song to dialogue to characters, everything has set a benchmark. The mafia lawyer Chandrakant Mule of Satya to the mafia don Ganesh Gaitonde from Sacred Games, or the mafia town of Uttar Pradesh in Mirzapur, all the characters are from the underworld and show us the dark side of the society. I have tried to present them with a touch of humour,” informs the artist.
The artist has used the rugged card board as his canvas to give his paintings a layered stucco effect, like graffiti on walls. “As these are movie characters, whose poster adorns walls, the effect is juxtaposed. All the motion pictures which have been portrayed through this exhibition actually deals with hardcore reality of our existence. Reel play and real play gets merged in my work,” says Dyutiman, who has used poster and watercolour.
The flat, bright colours with bold lines make the paintings more ludicrous and the symmetrical as well as asymmetrical lines used in these subjects lend an enhanced textured feel to them. “I have also used texts, which are either iconic dialogues from the movies or essential part of the stories,” adds Dyutiman.
The exhibition Nouveau Realisme will be on at Gallery Art Exposure on 54B, Mahanirban Road from March 27 to April 12, noon to 8 pm.