Capturing the grand narrative of Kolkata on one level and human condition in general, artist Sunil Chandra Pal will showcase some of his latest paintings as a part of The Palette series at Gallery G, Taj West End on June 21. The special preview of the show will be followed by the play Trivial Disasters by Harami Theatre. Written by Ajay Krishnan and directed by Nimi Ravindran, Trivial Disasters comprises eight rib-tickling sketches featuring serial killers, nervous lovers, inept kidnappers and hot-headed poets. The 55-minute show is a delicious blend of dark wit, absurd situations and laugh out loud lines.
Sunil Chandra Pal usually draws his inspiration from nature, people and his surroundings. The Palette series of paintings helps one discover Kolkata highlighting the mundane and surreal, the past and present, the idealized with the comic, congruities and paradoxes of the human conditions and the reflection of moods imbibed in each stroke of tints and shades executed in the art works displayed. The exhibition will go on till June 28.
The artist for this collection has put digitech to work with compelling effect as in the heat-sensor-like imagery of ‘The Heroic Pedestrian’ (one of the paintings enclosed) that reveal all we want to know from the protagonists’ faces. There is also the painting with the politician’s mask and four-fingered Mickey Mouse gloves- depicting the human nature of shielding behind masks.
Sharing his thoughts, the artist said, “For me, art is a gift and I choose to use this gift to bring about a change in society. All my paintings are an attempt to create something new something different and something that will inspire and make people understand and develop a keen sensitivity and a curiosity within.”
According to Gitanjali Maini, the owner of the gallery, Sunil Chandra Pal's Palette is very likely to create an instant connect with the people as each piece conveys a story of its own that is surreal in nature yet touching.