Amit Bhar’s Indian Contemplative paintings

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Indian Painter Amit Bhar is a self taught artist who was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in 1973. Even as a child his first love was art. It was the primary objective of his life. His notebooks at school were invariably filled with sketches and paintings. The scintillating, pristine, rustic beauty of rural Bengal inspired him to take the brush at a very tender age. The clear blue skies, fallen autumn leaves, grazing cattle and the daily life of the village, nestled on the banks of the river Hoogly inspired him.
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One look at Bhar’s work, the viewer is immediately drawn to the meditative reflection, unburdened ambiance, nuanced poignancy of an empowered spirit. It is clear that for the artist, creativity is an act of devotion, an act of connection, and a process of sharing. His paintings are acts of revelation, of affection, of softly spoken discourse, of giving as well as receiving. His forms, characters and objects are those anyone would like to befriend – anywhere, any time.
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Bhar chooses the realistic mode for his artistic expression – a mode that is at once, penetrative, insightful and striking. The artist sees and perceives all things made by man and nature with all the care and grace they deserve. His paintings are filled with hues that not only please the eye, but go beyond. Bhar’s skill lies not only in mixing colours, perfecting the line and forming a texture. It is in capturing the nuance of a magical moment, a silent chant, a personalized mantra. Light is his biggest source of stimulation; the shadow, a willing and worthy companion.
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As he travels, explores, tests, compares notes, and unravels his mystifying narratives, Bhar is able to transform the truth of his experience into an endearing visual landscape. Monks, deities, bathers, children – all of them are not mere excuses but intrinsically linked to the whole creative process and outcome. Their relationship with the external world and internal stirring is what gives them the reason to exist and celebrate their living condition.

Website: Amit Bhar

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