Shyamal Mukherjee is an artist from Bengal who has spent his whole life in Kolkata, has upheld
his Bengali culture through his paintings and given his contemporary interpretation of the Bengal
School of Art. The paintings are a reflection of his various interactions with people during his
travels in and around Bengal. Though an artist himself he is also an avid collector of rural arts
His preferred medium of painting is reverse painting in oil or acrylic on acrylic sheet. In his words,
“Most of my inspiration comes from observing people.”
The figures are all brightly dressed in colourful hues of bright red, gold, blue, orange, green and
are podgy and fat with a fixed look in their eyes. Interestingly, he paints his figures in pairs or in
large groups to show an interconnectedness and similarity in behavioural form amongst people
than thought otherwise. His characters are depicted as performers of a kind as symbolic to the
performances that we all give in our daily existence.
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