Pappu Bardhan

Pappu Bardhan

Artist Bio

Born in Kolkata in 1975, Pappu Bardhan did his B.V.A. in Painting from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 1999 and Post diploma in Graphics from M.S. University, Vadodara in 2001. His solo exhibition was curated by Sounak Chakraverti in Weavers Studio Centre for Arts, Kolkata in 2017. His recent group exhibitions were held at Art Centrix Space, New Delhi in 2018; Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata in 2018 and Gallery Beyond, Mumbai in 2017. His participation in camps includes National art camp in Lucknow, 2016 and Enigma Art Gallery in Delhi, 2011. The artist has received various awards including Birla Academy Annual Exhibition in Painting, 2007 and A.I.F.A.C.S Annual State Level Exhibition, 2002. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.

Artist Statement

My works are primarily inspired by nature; its mysteries and complexities.

My works does not paint the unexpected, commonplace and put it on paper. I try to capture the light that proceeds them until it reaches your soul and stirs up emotions. I dont focus on mere exquisite recording and pleasure observed by viewer. My emphasis is on the interplay between an assiduously cultivated language and catches the unmistakable Bardhan effect- an unresolved truce with idioms, in which the fluidity of watercolours and commonplace find themselves entangled. I build up experience and veil them through the shape and weight of lines and rhythms.

It's such an imponderable world you may think but it changes for you. Painted spaces expressed in succinct terms of the quivering between magnificence and materiality, joy and dourness, self-centered and an inner spirituality, content with the tentativeness of the world. The lushness of the watercolours is perhaps quieter, probably subtle if one uses the right word that invigorates and well up subtler sensations. My works provides a salutary nudge that affinity is always more than one.