Abstract Emotions With Niladri Paul

If Paul’s work was an essay, every sentence would end with an exclamation mark.

Niladri Paul’s distinctive style seems to live in the most bustling and vibrant crossroads of human life. He paints with as much reckless abandon as careful consideration to create a body of work that celebrates the contemporary realities of urban Indian life. And he does this while never letting go of the footing that is uniquely Indian.

Arudha 40'' X 48''  5,95,000

Paul is inspired by the performing arts and that is the earliest conclusion to come to. His paintings have an open influence of the exaggerated, the theatrical and the limelight soaked lifestyle of a performing artist. You can trace the pathos, the glory, the struggle and the glamour through his body of work.

24'' xx 24'' Acrylic on canvas  Inamorata  2,10,000.jpg

But what distinguishes his work is his ability to let of structure and hold on to the emotion of the moment. A self confessed admirer of the American painter Jackson Pollock, you can see remnants of a more fluid and expressive painting style in Paul’s love for expert randomness. His acrylic on canvas titled Transcendence is a great example of this. Although a departure from subjects derived from the performing arts, this painting arrests a multitude of emotions. The juxtaposition of colour and shapes with and almost wild and unrestrained painterly strokes, Transcendence is like looking at the human condition in technicolor.

36'' x 36''  (Transcendence ), acrylic on canvas 3,95,000.jpg

Paul manages to place stories from ancient Indian folklore in a hyper modern context with his ability to maneuver around the intersections created by him. Sudama is a great example of a painting that lives bang in the middle of a road leading up from ancient India and a road leading to modern India with a brilliant neon by lanes of contemporary art and multi tiered highways of contemporary influence.

Sudama 24'' x 60'' INR 4,50,000.jpg

Anandatman lives at a confluence of figurative and abstract art which Paul arrives at from a very evolved perspective. The painting is busy with the interplay of figures, signs, symbols, typeface and textures. It almost creates a blueprint of every day life in a world which is so busy with messages and buzzing with the urgent pace of communication.

Anandatman 72'' x 30  Acrylic on canvas  6,50,000

Paul’s work is best summarized as an ongoing exploration of the complexity of today. The beauty of the complexity is that it has elements for everyone to relate to.

24'' x 24'' , acrylic on canvas , Inamorata   2,10,000.jpg

 

Solo and Group Shows

NILADRI PAUL graduated from the Govt. College of Arts and Craft, Calcutta, 1986

Solo Shows
  • Held a solo show , titled SUTRADHAAR at Chennai in March 2012.
  • Held a solo show , titled SUTRADHAAR at the Jehangir Art Gallery , Mumbai , December, 2010.
  • Held a solo show , titled SUTRADHAAR at India Habitat Center, New Delhi , Sept 2010.
  • Held a solo show , titled ART n FASHION at Mumbai , showcasing a fusion of art and fashion , April 2009.
  • Held a solo show , titled RAZZMATAZZ at India Habitat Center, New Delhi, October 2008.
  • Held a solo show at the Jehangir Art Gallery , Mumbai ,titled Symphony in Color, December , 2006.
  • Held a solo show , titled Symphony in Color , at Triveni Kala Sangam , New Delhi December 2005.
  • Held a solo exhibition titled Transcending Rhythms at New Delhi, September 2004.
  • Held a solo exhibition based on healing colors at New Delhi, March 2000.
  • Held a solo show of acrylics and oils at Alliance Francaise , Dhaka , Bangladesh, October 1999.
  • Held a solo show of acrylics , oils and water colors at New Delhi , March 1999.
  • Held a solo exhibition titled Kaleidoscope at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai , March 1998.
  • Held a solo exhibition of water colors and portraits at the Chitrakala, Singapore , May 1997.
  • Held a solo exhibition of oils at New Delhi, September 1996.
  • Held a solo show of oils, sketches and water colors at the Jehangir Art Gallery, February 1995.
  • Held a solo show of monochromes and water colors at New Delhi August 1994
  • Held a solo show at Hauz Khas , New Delhi, February 1993.
Group Shows
  • Participated in a group show titled NAMASTE at New Jeresy , USA showcasing Indian art in August 2013.
  • Participated in a group show organsied by ICCR and the Indian Embassy at Johannesberg showing leading Indian Contemporary Art in April 2013.
  • Participated in a group show titled PALIMPSET PORTAITS at New Delhi , January 2013
  • Participated in a group show showcasing Indian Art at Catherine Place London , 2009.
  • Participated in a group show at the Coconut Grove , Florida , 1996.
  • Participated in innumerable group shows organized by various reputed art galleries of India and abroad over the last 20 years.

 

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