Monday, July 24, 2006

In the previous post we had discussed how Jamini Roy, Amrita Shergil and some other artists of yesteryear used at times very bold colours which exuded similar moods which were akin to that of the Fauvists.
(painting of Jamini Roy)
However Jamini Roy's paintings were so distinctly Indian that apart from the use of bold colors there was nothing similar to the Fauvists.
Infact use of bold colors and exuberance in art work hardly makes art-work fauvist. In the same breath of argument, one cannot probably categorise art of Manjit Bawa as Fauvist. Bawa's art-works like that of Jamini Roy are based on ethnic iconography and very much rooted in the culture of ethnic India.
Devajyoti Ray is another artist of the new generation who's works show immense use of bold and often glaring colors. But Ray is different from both Jamini Roy or Manjit Bawa as his works do not show the influence of any specific cuilture. On an immediate glance, Ray's works look influenced by the digital art of 21st century Europe. Yet Ray's subject matters are very much Indian, thus representing the Indian culture as it is emerging in the post-liberalization phase of the country's economy.
Even Ray's works probably cannot be called Fauvist as here too we do not see the philosophy that backed the Fauvist art of 20th century.
There is yet another distinctive reason where Ray's works differ from Fauvists. While the Fauvists used colors more to express mood, Ray uses colors without any such connotation. Infact even depressing and sad frames often show use of very exuberant colors, thereby creating a pseudo-real imagery.