A solo exhibition of Paintings and Graphics by Prof. S. P. Mohanty
Venue : Jehangir Art Gallery, A/C-3, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai - 1
Exhibition Dates : 1st to 7th Dec 2015
City of light and Pastoral Poetry
Way back in mid seventies of the last century, Dipti Mohanty came to
Banaras. During these decades he depicted the eternal image of the
City of Light, the architectural beauty and the structural complexity
of ghats, in numerous fashions. For him this is symbolic of a spiritual
harmony that revolves around this ancient space. He enjoyed
depicting the ghats, temples and river Ganga in many moods. There
are views of capturing the mist of a winter morning, bright mid-day
contrast, dark late evenings and the fascinating blues of the evening.
Many of his paintings are interlinked yet in terms of details each one
of them has a story of its own, subtle and elusive.
Dipti's gouaches and acrylics have a distinct painterly treatment; they
are evocative in terms of the treatment of chiaroscuro in a wide
range of hues. An initial drawing in pencil or charcoal was developed
with great care, transparent shades of brown and indigo added to
define all the geometry of sacred edifices. Touches of bright
primaries complete the symphony of tonalities that are invariably
complementing the cardinal shades. Some of his etchings and
aquatints follow the tonal structure and the magical somber depths
of his paintings. They also shared the fine linear details and a
concern for textural fields, so unique about his paintings.
His rural landscapes done in transparent and opaque watercolors
open the other half of his creativity. These are the memories of his
village, a land of lush vegetation and mud houses midst undulating
expanse of the earth. Spontaneously laid washes of color blend into
each other while crisp strokes build up the particular forms. In
contrast to his Banaras series these fluid depictions are about a
pastoral poetry, essentially romantic and picturesque.