Kala Kendra, an art space run by artists, presents artist Antora Dey’s solo art exhibition titled, ‘Blind Man’s Bluff’. This is the seventh edition of Kala Kendra’s exhibition series ‘Drawing and Thinking, Thinking and Drawing. The exhibition includes mixed media works, curated by Artist Wakilur Rahman. The solo art exhibition is hosted online @Artitude – www.artitude.com.bd.
Artist Dhiman Sarkar has graced the inaugural ceremony as the special guest and speaker.
My paintings for the last 3-4 years have been about portrayals to a deeply emotional journey. I cannot always express the magnitude of emotions that I feel every day with words or gestures. I try to find solace for these unexpressed and sometimes unwanted emotions through my paintings.
I start most of my paintings with a specific image in my mind. Sometimes, I like to borrow the images from other renowned artworks or sometimes it is some twisted visuals that have been haunting my imagination. Skill is not important for these paintings. In fact, sometimes it can constrain the ardor of expressions.
Most of the images in my paintings are distorted human figures; most of them are female figures, which are the reflections of my self-conscious self. I put emphasis to expressions and gestures to express deeply emotional turmoil.
I do not have any specific technique yet. I enjoy, very much the process of painting, the physical intimacy of drawing with pen, pencils, brush on any surface (page, canvas, panel, wall), the applying of vibrant colors, scratching, pasting, erasing, etcetera. The whole process is like a conversation or a dance with my intimate partner, where every touch and every nuance reveals something new. I like to use intense colors like pure Scarlet, Magenta, or Crimson Lake. Most of my paintings from the last 3- 4 years are done in small surfaces, these paintings are more like a collective of many momentary expressions.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Painting, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India
Antora is such a promising Painter of our times, completely moving away from gender stereotyping – she overwhelms you with her passion. This raw energy is reflected in all her recent works. She effortlessly shifts between genres – Abstract, Semi Figurative, or Expressionistic, all with her vibrant palette and expressive brushwork.
It’s very important that the viewer must be aware of the names that she puts to her varied body of works. They act as keys to her inner portal and gets you a rare glimpse of the Artist’s mind and her Creative Process.
Her personal experience of domesticity (she’s a doting mom), somehow made her more aware towards the trauma and trepidations of women around her. The bright flaming red against the “Darkest white” as if screaming aloud against this violence.
Her angst shines through her forms, zombie like or biomorphic in nature, as if screaming, shouting aloud her opposition towards atrocities perpetrated toward all womenfolk.
The viewer must consciously follow the trail that she masterfully lays down with each of her series, each a set of expressions making a statement.
Antora Dey (1986)
2014: MFA – Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, West Bengal
2010: BFA – Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2019: First Solo Exhibition, Kalakendra, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014: Annual Exhibition, Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, India
2013: Annual Exhibition, Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, India
2013: Group Exhibition “Eccentric”, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India
2010: Rashed Memorial Art Exhibition, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009: Annual Exhibition, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
2008: Annual Exhibition, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh