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EXHIBITION “Radiant Relations” solo show of paintings by Asit Kumar Patnaik > 11am-7pm on 8th to 31st December 2017

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Venue : Chawla Art Gallery, Square One Mall, Saket
Paintings Asit Kumar Patnaik
Paintings by Asit Kumar Patnaik 
Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 08/12/2017 11:00 31/12/2017 19:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION “Radiant Relations” solo show of paintings by Asit Kumar Patnaik Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/12/exhibition-radiant-relations-solo-show-asit-kumar-patnaik-chawla-art-gallery.html Chawla Art Gallery, Square One Mall, Saket, New Delhi 110017 DD/MM/YYYY  (Monday Closed) - Exhibition on View

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Venue : Chawla Art Gallery, Square One Mall, Saket, New Delhi 110017


Event Description : 
EXHIBITION “Radiant Relations” solo show of paintings by Asit Kumar Patnaik.

The greatest possibilities of Asit Kumar Patnaik’s work emerge from out of their productive equivocation. The appeal of Patnaik’s craft is embodied in his deft negotiations between, and across, several binaries—figurative and abstract, man and woman, background and foreground, lines and colours, singular and plural. In that sense, Patnaik’s work resonates with the increasing propensity among critics and popular audience alike to warm up to the potential of ambivalent sensibilities. For quite sometime now, there has arisen among connoisseurs of art and literature,indeed of culture as a whole, a welcome discomfort with binaries and a corresponding openness to ambivalence. Nothing, it would appear, is any longer fit to be perceived as either black or white, either enlightening or obfuscating and so on.

A second equivocation enhancing the appeal of Patnaik’s men and women is the tension between the wide variety in their juxtaposition and their unchanging physical features. In their microcosmic expansiveness, they can alternatively convey impressions of joy, sorrow, love, indifference, familiarity as well as inscrutability. They relive potentialities, they entail pensive pasts, they call up imagined futures and they even interrogate their own selves and suppositions.

Asit Kumar Patnaik has been working on the Relations series for quite some time now. It will be interesting, therefore, to explore the kind of selves articulated into the batch batch of works on the Relations series. To begin with, it is informed by a great deal of individuation. There is only one figure—male or female—claiming the central location in a majority of works. The other figure—or figures—hover in the background, in conjunction with characteristically dense networks of lines and shades or constituting the backgrounds themselves.

Intriguingly, the woman figure appears to claim greater attention in the new set of works. Critics and viewers have identified it as a salient feature in Patnaik’s work. As the painter once observed, it may well have stemmed from a subconscious impulse. He had once attributed it to a deep admiration for his mother, who had boldly taken charge of the family after his father’s premature death. It may have something to do also with his belief that women have the resilience to face any adversity, with their unique calibration of vulnerability and strength. The woman in this series is bold, colourful and forthright. She is ready to face any challenge, even as she celebrates her very existence. The thoughtful, pensive and introspective self for once is matched by an abandon and courage that calls for a direct engagement.


The greys in the frame are often overwritten by bold colours. The man and the woman now wear deeply coloured selves. The cohabitation of depth and colour appear to call forth a great deal of passion, intensity and vigour. Their strength is no longer implicit, but confidently visible, even if retrained. It is this easy shuffle between the obviously full blooded and the carefully controlled that makes these works some of the most mature in Patnaik’s oeuvre.

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