Re-examining the threshold between illusion and reality, between waking and dreaming.

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Born in Kolkata, West Bengal (India) Goutam’s first love as a child was art. It was the primary objective of his life to draw and paint whenever and wherever he could whether it was the back of a calendar or the clean wall of his bedroom. His exercise books and even textbooks in some cases were quite obviously filled with pen and pencil sketches. When most boys of his age were busy playing in the lanes, Goutam used to spend endless hours at the potuapara watching how the clay idols were gradually made and painted.

 

The daily life of his neighbourhood, the lazy Saturday and Sunday afternoons of Kolkata in the 70’s along with the strong cultural and mythological background from his ancestral zamindari house in Berhampur, Mursidabad enriched and inspired Goutam to takeartsincerely at a very young age besides his regular taalim (practice) in Indian classical vocal music. Before entering the Art College, Goutam was initially guided by Shri Paritosh and later on was blessed with the affectionate care and kind supervision of Smt Pushpasree Bindu, a noted artist and the kin of the legendary painter and sculptor Shri Chintamonikar.

 

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Basically Goutam was grown in the flavour of the rich Bengal school gharana where he silently learnt and followed Nandalal Bose, Abanindranath Tagore, Chintamonikar, Ramananda Bandopadhyay to name a few. He learnt fabric works from late Dipak Dutta and later on had self-taught a special technique which brought him the First prize from all India Fabric paint competition.

 

It would not have been possible by Goutam to think even about a career as an artist and take admission in the Art College without his parents’ whole hearted support and cooperation. In spite of him having a good academic record, he was never forced to go for a stereo typed career by his parents, rather he feels lucky to have a mother of progressive nature who gave him moral support to take the so called risk to be an artist!

 

During the tenure of Goutam in the Art college, he was enriched and guided with the priceless lessons from late Shanu Lahiri, late Dharmanarayan Dasgupta, Partha Pratim Deb, Shovon Shom, Manik Talukdar, Pinaki Barua, late Ajit Ganguly, Chitra Dutta and Anita Chakraborty.

Being a consistent practitioner of Tagore songs, Goutam often brings music on his canvas to play Holi with colours. He describes his technique as semi realistic and texturing with the realistic play of light and shade”.

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His latest series on Buddha was inspired from his recent visit to the art villages of BALI and YOGYAKARTA of Indonesia. His works do allow the viewer to re-examine the threshold between illusion and reality, between waking and dreaming.

Lyrical, religious yet romantic, Goutam’s canvases usually portray a calm ambiance based on Gandhara mythological characters and feelings. Though the works are majorly portraits and figurative, an element of fantasy also emerges. Being a pass out of Rabindra Bharati university, Goutam’s works are proudly collected for personal and private sector’s display in India and abroad.

 

…..“ due to the disturbances caused by the violence and stress around us, we need to have faith, devote ourselves to find wisdom and peace…” says Goutam.

Pic Courtsey: Amlan Biswas

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