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Arunanshu Chowdhury’s creations
Arunanshu Chowdhury’s art is inspired by changes in immediate social and physical landscape of which he is a keen observer. His creations are replete with objects and images encountered commonly. They capture a curious reflection of daily activities associated with routine lifecycle.

Arunanshu Chowdhury’s creations are based on the ubiquitous urban environ. The artist is known to employ metaphors that strike a peculiar relationship with the broad theme of his compositions. With an obvious intent to comprehend the world around, he fills them with umpteen objects of daily usage.

Derived from diverse sources such as advertisements, television, newspapers and personal memories, they all form part of a curious repertoire of motifs that the artist has employed abundantly in his creative processes.

Arunanshu Chowdhury effortlessly weaves various living and non-living objects, as diverse as flora, insects, butterflies, birds, ants, musical instruments, knives, spoons, chair, etc. into his seamless compositions. But their juxtaposition is never random.

The artist applies a certain thought behind the construct of his images that harbour a strong visual and conceptual link to each other. They together build on the pictorial surface a unique artistic language imbued with immense socio-political significance.

More recently, Arunanshu Chowdhury has been referring and reflecting his immediate surroundings on the canvas, specifically the city of Baroda - its traffic islands, monuments, etc. His work now tends to revolves more around the aesthetic beauty of his immediate environment. It approaches a rather lyrical utopian sensitivity, taking a cue from the urban milieu.

The artist informs, “The change in urban landscape, which I observe closely, reflect in my works. I am not referring to the change that is purely physical in terms of the changing cityscape. I rather perceive it at a deeper level; it’s more temperamental - change in values, thoughts and the resultant extremity concerns me as an artist. I try to locate them in my works.”

Arunanshu Chowdhury received his Masters in Painting from the M. S. University Baroda, and was also a recipient of Canada’s Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant. In his earlier works, especially those done in his formative years, the narrative style was conspicuous.

Now his work is marked by simple subject matter; an ordinary rickshaw, an artifact with a story of its own, a chair, more such simple objects and mundane situations to which he looks for a deeper meaning. The artist explains, “I happen to revisit certain places and observe peculiar objects to register their vibes, deep or passing ones, on my mind. There may even be an incident associated with such places, objects or people that may reflect in my work.”

Arunanshu Chowdhury is known to repeat the same thought and often the same composition, modifying it for a completely new ‘version’. Explaining as why he does so, consciously or sub-consciously, the artist says, “It’s a chain of thoughts that elongates itself. One work leads to another, and to a newer thought. I tend to look at the same thought, the same composition in a new light. The resultant artistic output is a take-off from the one that precedes it, employing the same image like an afterthought.”

It’s a continual process, as the artist puts it. He adds, “Thoughts and ideas are bound to overlap and spill over as I indulge in reinterpretation of the same thought or incident. In fact, this holds true for many artists who create different version of the same subject.”

Arunanshu Chowdhury doesn’t have a particular palette choice. According to him, colours are often mood related; often symbolic. He chooses and uses them on basis of their compatibility and suitability. In fact, this versatile artist loves to work in various mediums and techniques.

Keen on experimentation, the artist is not averse to try his hands at new media practices such as participative art. He says, “Each art practice has its own relevance and any new art form that is convincing is appropriate for me. Exposure to new mediums is always exciting and enriching.”

Summing up his artistic philosophy, Arunanshu Chowdhury quips, “My work happens to move with time and life around. The latter is ever changing, and so is my oeuvre. An artist should be able to sense changes around – subtle and the obvious - and to capture them through the works. My influences as a painter are linked with the contemporary attitudes.”