Judging by the biographies of some of the more renowned people in the creative field (including business and technology), it would appear that significant indicator of being creative is: leaving home at an early age and/or leaving school.
Paresh Maity’s preoccupation and obsession with art and making was so necessary for him, that he discontinued attending school for six months when he was in class V. A neighbour put him into a pathshala - a traditional village school. The obscure, less regimented school allowed Maity to freely practice making clay idols. It legitimised Maity’s childhood desire to want to be an artist instead of an “officer”. He later, in class VIII, went into a well-known, formal school where his creative desire and talents were nurtured by an art teacher on Sundays.
It was at these Sunday classes where Maity saw images of Constable and Turner watercolours. Later on, Maity’s scholarship subject was on Turner and Constable.
Maity is recognised to be India’s most formidable water colourists and has received an award from the Royal Watercolour Society, U.K. in 2002. It is his skill and ease with watercolour which also informs and influences his oil paintings. Maity is a romantic, the underbelly of society is a world he is aware of but he believes more in the promise of life.
He is an artist, who it could be said lives and breathes art and eats paint. The outward, well dressed calm is deceptive. Maity’s inner world is restless, he cannot stay in one place – is a voracious traveller. For him, movement is akin to reading.
Paresh Maity’s recent explorations into sculptures and installations, is his attempt to meld 2-dimensional painting with the 3D expressions – many of the installations are being shown for the first time in India, at this exhibition. He has received the Cartier Award in St. Moritz, Switzerland for the Mystic Abode (Bell House). He received the Padma Shri in 2014.
Maity is an artist, who competes with himself and not with the rest of the world. Sounds of Silence presents, forty years of work (1976 – 2015) by the artist.
Dates: 12 December 2015 – 16 January 2016 CIMA Gallery
12 December 2015 – 7 January 2016 Birla Academy of Art & Culture (Garden)
Venue: Birla Academy of Art & Culture (Garden)
Opening: 12 December 2015, 4p.m.
CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
Opening: 12 December 2015, 6:30p.m.
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