Amalgamating empathy, nostalgia and mayhem of the time


Anukul Chandra Mojumder is recognised for portraying inner conflict through his remarkable paintings. The central theme of his work often focuses on facial expressions and the human body. His latest paintings depict motherhood, the six seasons and their impact on nature, childhood and rustic ambiance. The USP of Anukul’s paintings is an in-depth observation of rural Bengal- simple harmonic patterns, pastoral motifs, a tranquil atmosphere and childhood nostalgia.

The artist traces his roots to a very remote area of Bagherhat. Swimming, fishing or roaming around the village were regular activities that occupied his childhood days. He reminisces on his childhood with the paint brush on canvas. Compared to the village, the city seemed dull and inanimate. So he created a language for his paintings, where he focused on struggles, pain and isolation. Anukul now lives in a small but artistically laid out house-atelier at Mohammadpur. He draws from his imagination rather than employing models. Figures in motion and incomplete human forms are noticeable elements in his works. His subjects have a semi-realistic and surrealistic quality about them. He also marks coarse lines with his fingers to add his sense of poetry to the paintings. The colours black, blue, yellow, vermilion and crimson dominate his work.

Anukul's paintings are accentuated with lots of curves and twisted lines, often featuring bold, brutal and horrifying imagery. He does not hesitate to draw what is conventionally considered 'ugly'. Unattractive appearance, obese figures, languid eyes and unshapely forms feature heavily in his paintings. People running towards an unknown destination, embracing figures, sleeping women, awe-inspiring forms, nature in an unadulterated state, broken rickshaw, and foliage in abandon are other recurring subjects. His roots for the life force and power in the abstract. His images are prominent, determined, and capture forceful motion -- almost in its rawness -- and at times are unmindful of directions. His desires, emotions, hopes and aspirations are strongly allied with the masses of our country. He wants to focus especially on masses' strengths, their dreams and love for the country.

Anukul’s solo exhibition, ‘Dawn of Black’ opened at Edge Gallery, Gulshan 2 on April 27. The exhibition will continue till May 18.

  • DhakaCourier
  • Issue 44
  • Vol 35
  • Amalgamating empathy, nostalgia and mayhem of the time

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